1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
Hello everybody, first of all. Here's Fabio Guitar/Vocals in Loimann.
The band started to play live again with a couple of festivals and another two gigs in our region this Summer and we alredy began to write new stuff. At this moment four new songs are ready and we're playing live two of them.
2.Recently you have released a new album how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
I think that in our new album, Drowning Merged Tantras, we began to go forward to a more extreme genre... our previous releases were more Stoner/Doom oriented. Now we play a sort of sludgy music with more growls and some fast and slow breaks.
3.This is the first album to be released in 5 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
With the first album we played a good number of live shows (also in Spain and France) and we got a good distribution, in USA, Australia and some parts of Europe (Sweden, Belgium..). After that we began to record the second album.. and the process was soooo long. We had some problems that stopped all the recording process for a while.., then we had some lineup problems too. So this summer, when we solved all these shits and began to play live again, it has been like breathing again for us.
4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
Lyrical subjects talk about religion. But not in a good way ahaha. Lyrics of this album denounce the role of religion in human history, and describe (at least, in the way I was able to...) the way of "junkie" behavior that most of the people following religion's dogmas is often reduced to.
5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Loimann'?
Loimann is taken from "Villaggio Leumann". A sort of cotton mill/village built up at the end of 19th Century, near Torino. The name of the swiss entrepreneur who designed the whole thing was Napoleone Leumann. The pronounciation of his last name is Lòiman. So I decided to take this name for his sound and because I liked the architecture of that place, and for a sort of homage to Bauhaus (a band that gave me a lot and that I still admire nowadays) and their way to honor the Bauhaus school of art.
6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
I have to mention some gigs: the one with Los Natas (the argentinian guys were really friendly), the one in Barcellona with our friends Cuzo, and the one with Celeste and other cool bands this past summer.
7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
Absolutely. We already began with a couple of shows in Italy (Val d'Aosta and Genova), then we'll play in Perugia, Pescara, Torino and then we hope to add soon some new shows in Italy and abroad too.
8.The new album was released on Behold the Ruins Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Is a small newbord label based in our town. They'll help us to release a first CD edition of the album (vinyl coming soon). Soon there will be some cool new releases coming out from Behold the Ruins Records.
9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of stoner, sludge and doom metal?
I must say absolutely positive. Three years ago I was in contact with some label/distributors guys from Finland, Ukraine, United States, Australia... They all had a good hype concerning our music and hope they'll have it again for this second release.
10.Are any of the band members involved with any other musical projects or bands these days?
No. Not at present day. In the past all our three members were involved in many other projects: I had played bass in posthc, new wave, black metal bands. Same thing for Dario and Enrico.
11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Well... is not easy . I think we will go in the more extreme way...., but keeping the thing of "fast with some slow breaks" definitely moving on.
12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Wow... I don't think I have enough space here to mention all the bands that influenced me until now, but I will try. From the past: Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Grandfunk Railroad, Iron Butterfly, Pink Floyd, Amon Duul, Tangerine Dream. Then definitely Iron Maiden (Steve Harris band definitely took me into metal when I was a child) above all. Then a lot of bands from the nwobhm era, then the greatest british goth/new wave acts like Bauhaus, Joy Division, but also Einsturzende Neubauten and Dead Can Dance. Then some HC stuff like Husker Du, Minor Threat/Fugazi above all. The Desert scene from California with all its principal bands, but I also love the great british doom (and forgot to mention british gothic metal many years before). I also have to mention all the classic black metal bands from Norway. And nowadays I'm pretty much focused with a lot of stuff from the Boston area (yes, I know I am bit late with this one): All Pigs Must Die, Converge, Cave in, Old Man Gloom, Mutoid Man not to forget Isis of course, Neurosis, Mastodon, Sleep...
There's a lot of stuff mentioned here, I know, but I think that all this names influenced me somehow and in some way. So they're definitely important to mention.
13.What are some of your non musical interests?
Definitely cinema. I studied it.. and I love to watch many movies.. with friends or alone. Sometimes I write about japanese stuff in a dedicated blog.
14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Nothing in particular. Just wanted to tell people to keep supporting underground music, because without their support it would be impossible to carry on.