Another day… another band to meet! Huge thanks to Francesco, from the Italian pop-punk band Hometown Heroes for taking time to answer a few questions for WHTYB! Learn more about the band’s debut album below!
Hello guys, thanks for getting in touch. Could you please, as a start, list all your band members, as well as their roles in the band? Hello and thank you very much for having us. We are a fantastic four-piece of handsome Italian devils from Rome, Italy. Hometown Heroes currently consists of: Riccardo “Rix” Riva, vocals and ryhtm guitar, Francesco “Frankie” Russo, backing vocals and bass, Lorenzo “Loo” Tuzi, lead guitar and Gilberto “Gil” Goracci, drums.
What bands are currently inspiring the music that you’re making? Actually, our inspirations come from a long way. We have our master base composed by giant acts such as blink-182, Green Day, Sum 41, New Found Glory, that we think is a rule for every human that likes the punk rock/pop punk scene. Moving from here, we really are into Taking Back Sunday, Fall Out Boy, All Time Low, Yellowcard etc., which are of great inspiration to us, and we finally arrive to more modern bands like Neck Deep, Real Friends, State Champs etc.
You plan on releasing your debut album in March. Can you tell us more about it? What kind of songs can we expect on this record? The album coming in March is composed by nine songs, and you can expect “the Renaissance” of punk rock/pop punk music (Joking… or not?). No, seriously, you’ll find modern, fast-paced punk rock tracks, as well modern rock songs, pop punk anthems and big choruses. We can’t wait for you to hear it.
This debut album follows up your latest EP ‘High Effect’. How much would you say your song has changed/evolved between these two releases? Actually, the tracks recorded for ‘High Effect’ are the first part of the creative process leading to the album. We wanted to put out something immediately and so we decided to make this home recording, just to have something so that we could be listened by somebody. In the meantime, our writing and playing has evolved a lot, we moved to using completely different effects, different harmonics, different gear etc., and this eventually led to finishing all the tracks for the album. We immediately hit the studio, and now we can finally see the light.
If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and why? As said, we are into so much punk rock and pop punk bands right now, there’s plenty of good music coming from our scene. It’s obvious that for us it would be an honour and a pleasure to tour with any bands that are now making the history of modern pop punk music. But you said that we could choose bands from the past, so we must say that our only wish would be playing with old blink-182. Mark, Tom and Travis have been such models for us during our creative growth and we can’t really explain how insane would be to us.
Last but not least, how would you describe the Italian pop-punk scene? We definitely think that in Italy we have a great pop punk scene. There are so many valid bands all over the country and maybe what is actually missing is the ‘small concert culture’. People hardly choose to go to live clubs listening to a band they don’t know tending to consider more foreign bands than local bands, pretending to not know that they started just like that in their country! Luckily, there are active groups trying to spread the word in many of our cities. Still talking about Italy our hope is that this genre stops being a niche and begins to attract more people like happened with trap and indie music.