Interview with Raw Power singer Mauro about his hardcore-punk roots. Raw Power will release on 9th June their new album Inferno on Demons Run Amok Entertainment.
Do you remember the first hardcore / punk show you went to? Is the club still open today?
I’m afraid I don’t, but apart from some shows here in Italy some of the first were DOA at the 100 club in London, Anti Nowhere League and Chron Gen at the lyceum and Motorhead at the Rainbow, then in 84 we went to the US and there saw lots of bands in a lot of places, some of which are still there!
What is your all-time favorite club or location?
Here in Italy it must be the Rock Town in Cordenons, Berlin’s Wild at heart and the Underworld in London.
Do you remember the first hardcore / punk record you got?
That I listen to, is Wild in the Streets by the Circle Jerks, but back then we listened to it on a copy of a copy of God knows who’s copy on tape. I actually bought the record last year in Berlin at Core-Tex.
In your opinion what is the perfect hardcore show?
The one where the band doesn’t stop to talk for more than a few minutes on the whole set, where everybody on stage and off stage are jumping and all together are having massive dose of fun, because that is what it’s all about enjoy the music , and have fun,.
What is your all-time favorite show you’ve played?
Must be the Olympic Arena in Los Angeles, the First International Hardcore/punk show we ever played, 5000 people huge place and we got to play with the Dead Kennedys, BGK Solucion Mortal and others, followed or at the same level at the first time we played at CBGB’s
Is there a show you missed in the past that still makes you angry that you could not be there?
I’m afraid there are lots of them, but I don’t think we can complain, we have been really lucky to have a chance of doing so much, coming from a small village in Italy and not a big city and not country like Germany, England or the US, so yes I would have loved to do a lot more shows, some big festivals, touring with some more of my favorite bands, but then again we have done lots anyway.
What band would you like to see again?
Circle Jerks, Minor Threat, Battalion of Saints to name just a very few
Is there a person who has influenced you especially in hardcore / punk?
Not really a person, I think that for me and I think for some of the ones that are or have been in the band, it has been more a case of the whole Hardcore /punk situation. We just felt comfortable with the whole scene or movement whatever you want to call it. It has always been the whole thing that we have loved, the music and the people around it.
What are you top 3 hardcore-punk front men (women)?
Keith Morris, Jello Biafra and Ian Mac Kaye
What is in your opinion the most underrated hardcore-punk band?
Are there some newer bands you could mention?
I’d have to say some of the Italian bands I have seen recently, MUD, Straight Opposition and A New Scar, there’s more but these I really like.