Cats and Rock n’Roll, Interview with Palberta

Senza dubbio i Palberta sono una delle più belle rivelazioni di questo mese. Le tre ragazze di New York hanno ridefinito il noise-rock con pezzi brevi e incisivi al primo ascolto…

Oggi nasce (Qube International) nuova sezione di Qube Music dove proporremo interviste ad artisti internazionali, affermati ed emergenti, che ci racconteranno le loro ultime fatiche e avventure musicali e non solo. Qube International vuole essere una finestra orientata verso la musica, l’arte e la cultura contemporanea. I nostri primi ospiti sono i Palberta, magnifico trio femminile tutto da scoprire.

Senza dubbio i Palberta sono una delle più belle rivelazioni di questo mese. Le tre ragazze di New York hanno ridefinito il noise-rock con pezzi brevi e incisivi al primo ascolto. Nella nostra chiacchierata ci hanno parlato della loro ultima fatica “Bye-Bye Berta”,  raccontandoci anche delle loro  passioni come percussioni,  gatti e patatine.

– Your songs are very short, truly artistic sketches. Why did you insist in using this formula for your new album, too?

Writing short songs has always been very intuitive for us, and not so much intentional. Our love for punk music probably influences this aspect of our song writing process. We are drawn to writing quick jams, but lately we’ve been trying to push ourselves to write longer songs. We will see what becomes of this!

– I’d like to know something more about the way you compose your songs, considering their unusual formula. How do you get inspired? Which way do you plan the execution of a song?

We inspire each other in our song writing process. Songs usually are made through improvisational jams. We will be making some noise and then usually someone points out something they like and then we build from there. We write all our songs together in this way!

– Has anything changed from your previous registrations to Bye Bye Berta? How do you feel now considering your new album?

Our previous albums are pretty different. My Pal Berta was our first. There are a lot of harmonies and the songs are more melodic. Then we made Shitheads in the Ditch which is pretty crazy and all over the place. There aren’t so many tracks with distinct melodic parts, it’s louder, more atonal etc. Our split Chips For Dinner is specific and smaller feeling, a little more reserved. The songs have very intricate parts that change very often. Hot On The Beach feels pretty blasting and punchy, channeling the punk side more than usual. And then our newest album Bye Bye Berta. This album is bringing it back to My Pal Berta with the harmonies and melodies. There are fast, heavy songs as well as pop songs with pretty harmonies, and there is a lot of singing throughout the album! We are really stoked on the new album and think it’s our most cohesive work yet.

– Is your eagerness in musical sperimentation strictly related to your live performances?

Playing for live audiences definitely lends itself to both musical and performative experimentation. There are aspects about performing live that make us feel inspired to improvise on our instruments and play songs differently than how they sound as recordings. We all switch instruments as a result of writing our songs in different formations, which has become a large part of our performance– the interactions we have with each other on the stage inspires the music, and vice versa!

– Can you give me a short list of objects or situations from which you got inspired in your last album?

Vocal harmonies, identity, social interactions, love, friendship, childhood memorabilia, things we’ve written as children, food, cities, chips, bells and percussion objects, cats, rock n’ roll.

– What is your mantra, as a band?

Our mantra is: a fuck or an apple pie

– What is the relationship with your town ? Was it influential in your composition?

Growing up in NYC was amazing in that we were able to go to shows any day of the week. We all grew up watching live music and were able to play shows throughout high school in other bands. Watching people just a few years older than us play shows made it seem like something that could be a reality some day.

– Virginia Woolf wrote: “Women have served all these centuries as looking-glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size”. It was often so in music, too. What is your message to women who want to make music?

Our message is: make music the way you want to and don’t let men belittle you or be condescending. Call them out. Find support in others. Collaborate!

Gianluigi Marsibilio