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The (European) Vampire Chronicles – A chat with the three members of the eponymous electro-pop band

The (European) Vampire Chronicles - A chat with the three members of the eponymous electro-pop band The (European) Vampire Chronicles - A chat with the three members of the eponymous electro-pop band Vanity Teen 虚荣青年 Lifestyle & new faces magazine

In 1976, in her book Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles)Anne Ricedescribes European vampires as the most ancient and mysterious. They are the holders of power and live in the darkness of the Paris nights.

It’s 2024 and we’re in Paris too.
Here we meet Lorenzo Sutto LewisAngus Spike McGuinnes and Riccardo Fuffolo Marsili, the members of the band European Vampire. It’s daytime and they aren’t real vampires (as far as we know, at least).

Driven by elusive electronic arrangements and lyrics that speak to post-modern moral decay, European Vampire is the music industry’s pop-antithesis meets fallen angel.
It’s the soundtrack to a fated evening. European Vampire throws the listener straight into hedonism and cinematic fantasy from start to finish, leaving them insatiable for more.

  We asked the three guys a few questions and that’s what they answered.

Hi Guys! What’s music for you?

LSL: A positive energy that connects everything in my life and within myself, a series of pictures I have in my mind that frame the world exaclty as I see it, in time and space and makes everything feel endless and important, my own private faith in something. 

MC: A way to express recondite feelings.

Who is European Vampire?

LSL: European Vampire is a gimmick, a character, a symbol, something we are and we are not, as humans, as musicians, as people, a way to convey the strongest message we can in the hardest way we can imagine, something to love or to hate, a message even, of how far gone and fucked we are, following celebrities and life styles we can’t afford, still trying to keep our heads over the tidal wave that is turbo capitalism and social media, actually I don’t know what it is, after all of these years,I just hope it doesn’t leave people indifferent.

ASM: That’s I guess what everyone wants in music. As musicians you want a reaction, be it good or bad. Just not indifferent. 

MC: I find it very difficult to frame from an insider perspective. Our new songs shows a dichotomy between brash electronica and introspective, moodier songs. We’re in a state of constant flow, so a single definition is ineffable.

What inspired you to create your latest single? 

LSL: I was watching the documentary of the Woodstock 99 festival on Netflix and at some point a journalist quoted the title of this track, describing the situation that unfolded at the festival where everything turned to shit and at that moment I was working for a big corporate business too and I felt crushed by the 9 to 5 lifestyle and how pointless everything felt and that’s it, I wrote the two chords riff on my guitar, went back to the studio with Riccardo and started recording the song, first in English and then in French, and that’s it. 

How could we define your style?

LSL: I think it’s a mixture of everything we like but over exaggerated and definitely more chaotic than the references that we get our inspiration from. For this new record our sound will be both more blunt and violent than ever but also even more uncompromising and free than the first record, we’re experimenting and trying something new everyday, both musically and lyrically and of course living between three of the major cities of Europe really helps in being fragmented and in a constant search for something new to try, sing and write.

MC: I find it very difficult to frame from an insider perspective. Our new songs shows a dichotomy between brash electronica and introspective, moodier songs. We’re in a state of constant flow, so a single definition is ineffable.

How does this single differ from your previous music both lyrically and musically?

LSL: TPE it’s the first single where an electric guitar is the focal point of one of our dance song, and it’s really important for us to go back to that primordial power chord way of writing a song because it feels like coming home in a sense, due to the fact that the three of us come from a rock ’n roll background, having all performed previously in rock band. The blend between this and the unapologetically techno beat then makes all the rest, and lyrically I tried to be as blunt as we have been musically, using French slang and short sentences that are never too charged metaphorically speaking.

MC: I’d say it’s a harsher take on what we built before, with a healthy amount of fuck-off attitude towards reality. I think we just needed to do something filthier, brash and to portray our surroundings with less glamour.

Is there a particular message or theme you aimed to convey through this song? 

LSL: I guess that that will come on a later date, but this is just the beginning of something else, even though I don’t even know what that something is yet.

Can you describe the significance of the title of the single and how it encapsulates the essence of the song?

Capitalism is a pagan experience, turbo capitalism is a total pagan experience, at least that’s how I feel, chasing fame and fortune through every mean necessary, meanwhile losing your true self and sometimes losing your voice and stamina too, it’s something that makes me think about the moloch or whatever ungodly creature you can sacrifice everything in return for nothing, just flames, just smoke. 

As artists, how do you navigate the balance between vulnerability and empowerment in your songwriting?

LSL: I don’t think in those terms, I think writing music will always be the most vulnerable thing you can do because you have to be honest first with yourself and then with the rest of the world because if you’re not then what’s the point, but I don’t see any empowerment in what we’re doing, as a matter of fact I’d rather be kicked on the face on the stage than being a sort of flag for bettering the world, and I’m sorry but if somebody thinks that about theirselves or their music they must be as delusional as I am.

ASM: *laughs*. 

MC: I stand with Lorenzo on this one: writing in some way is and always be exposing some soft tissue, it’s a vulnerable process by design. On the other hand I’d say that the process of creation, the intuition behind a song, is euphoric and empowering: your ideas become your own personal Prometheus, bringing fire to your darkness. 

Are there any specific themes or motifs in your music that you find yourself continually drawn to exploring, and how do they manifest in this single?

LSL: At some point some people just want to see the world burn and I think that writing this song makes me one of those people

MC: Even if we find new ways to express it, I think that our main theme is being lost, and loss in general: in life, in a club while completely dazed, in our shared reality. I’d say it just echoes a widespread sentiment.

Can you share any rituals or routines you follow to get into the creative mindset when writing new music? 

LSL: Reading and writing other things apart songs is the best thing a song writer can do to improve his own writing, at least I do that. Also I try to envision what I have in mind for every particular song in terms of lyrics, music and a general feel of it. For TPE I just wanted to write about how dull it feels to work in a corporate business at 20 ish years old and how pointless everything really is at some point, when life becomes your job and your job is shit, the only thing you have left is get in your car and drive the night away.

MC: The are none: sometimes things just come up and grow naturally, sometimes we need time to think through them and sort them out.

What role do you believe music plays in helping listeners navigate difficult emotions or experiences, and how do you hope your music contributes to this?

LSL: I think our music can help people in not giving a fuck about the general opinion of the others, to be as loud as possible and hopefully to start more band like us, or maybe even better.

MC: Some tracks have done so much for me: I believe I’d be in an incredibly sorrier state without some music I stumbled upon at the right time in my life. Wether they might be a moment of solace, a moment of entertainment or derealization, highest highs and lowest lows, melancholy and timid cheerfulness, there will be always something that will make you see beneath the surface of it all, and see true beauty. I don’t know if our music can elicit all of this: I certainly hope it does.

A letter to your future self.

LSL: Stop smoking.

MC: Ditto.

ASM: Same.

The (European) Vampire Chronicles - A chat with the three members of the eponymous electro-pop band The (European) Vampire Chronicles - A chat with the three members of the eponymous electro-pop band Vanity Teen 虚荣青年 Lifestyle & new faces magazine
All Looks by Stylists’s Own, Ærœs & Madame La Daronne
The (European) Vampire Chronicles - A chat with the three members of the eponymous electro-pop band The (European) Vampire Chronicles - A chat with the three members of the eponymous electro-pop band Vanity Teen 虚荣青年 Lifestyle & new faces magazine
The (European) Vampire Chronicles - A chat with the three members of the eponymous electro-pop band The (European) Vampire Chronicles - A chat with the three members of the eponymous electro-pop band Vanity Teen 虚荣青年 Lifestyle & new faces magazine
The (European) Vampire Chronicles - A chat with the three members of the eponymous electro-pop band The (European) Vampire Chronicles - A chat with the three members of the eponymous electro-pop band Vanity Teen 虚荣青年 Lifestyle & new faces magazine
The (European) Vampire Chronicles - A chat with the three members of the eponymous electro-pop band The (European) Vampire Chronicles - A chat with the three members of the eponymous electro-pop band Vanity Teen 虚荣青年 Lifestyle & new faces magazine
The (European) Vampire Chronicles - A chat with the three members of the eponymous electro-pop band The (European) Vampire Chronicles - A chat with the three members of the eponymous electro-pop band Vanity Teen 虚荣青年 Lifestyle & new faces magazine
From the left: Angus wears full look by Stylist’s own,Lorenzo wears jacket and trousers by SANKUANZ, Riccardo wears full look by Stylist’s own
The (European) Vampire Chronicles - A chat with the three members of the eponymous electro-pop band The (European) Vampire Chronicles - A chat with the three members of the eponymous electro-pop band Vanity Teen 虚荣青年 Lifestyle & new faces magazine
Lorenzo wears jacket, shirt and trousers by Fursac, tie by Stylist’s own
The (European) Vampire Chronicles - A chat with the three members of the eponymous electro-pop band The (European) Vampire Chronicles - A chat with the three members of the eponymous electro-pop band Vanity Teen 虚荣青年 Lifestyle & new faces magazine
Angus wears jacket, shirt, tie and trousers by Fursac, pin by Stylist’s own
The (European) Vampire Chronicles - A chat with the three members of the eponymous electro-pop band The (European) Vampire Chronicles - A chat with the three members of the eponymous electro-pop band Vanity Teen 虚荣青年 Lifestyle & new faces magazine
Riccardo wears full look by Fursac
The (European) Vampire Chronicles - A chat with the three members of the eponymous electro-pop band The (European) Vampire Chronicles - A chat with the three members of the eponymous electro-pop band Vanity Teen 虚荣青年 Lifestyle & new faces magazine

CREDITS

Photographer: Francis Delacroix

Stylist: Luca Imbimbo

Producer: Eve Chen

Coordination Producer: Martine Wolfe

Make-Up + Hair: ZIYAN

Photo Assistant: Vic Lee

Location: Serpent À Plume

Special Thanks to: Alex Rash, Emma Quintin Richards, Abigail Luther, Laboratorio Riciclo Pelle, Ærœs & Madame La Daronne

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