Introducing the next generation of classic rock:
‘V²: THE BEGINNING’
By: Allen Foster Aug 5, 2016 3 days ago
Imagine meeting Brian, Malcolm, and Angus when they were still young enough for schoolboy uniforms to be age-appropriate attire. Do you think they’d be nice, sweet tykes who were playing from Mel Bay’s method books? As if! The same goes for 13-year-old twin virtuosos Vittorio (guitars/vocals) and Vincenzo (drums/vocals)! These legit old school artist will scorch the hair right off your ears with their mind-blowing guitar shredding insanity, drum savagery, and vocal ferocity. And they ain’t singing about who loves who or being a great big family, they rage on about girls, money, cars… and that night when the devil comes a callin’ to claim his due!
This award-winning twosome, V² (pronounced “V-Squared”), might just hold the future of music in their able hands. In fact, they’ve already been dubbed the “next generation of classic rock” and have shared the stage with such luminaries as The Babys, Blue Öyster Cult, and Puddle of Mudd. V²: THE BEGINNING (Audio Fidelity Records) will be released Friday, August 5 – in time for National Twin Day. It is a combination of the band’s first two albums, WE ARE V² and PASS THE ROCK N ROLL TORCH, along with seven newly recorded songs (“Pass the Rock N Roll Torch,” “Rock Star Birthday,” “Let Me Go,” “When the Devil Comes For You,” “59 Caddy,” “So Long My Love,” and “Guitar Man”). V²: THE BEGINNING was produced by Ron Nevison (Led Zeppelin, The Who, Bad Company, Heart, KISS, Damn Yankees) who noted, “This is one of the best albums I’ve ever produced.”
The anthemic V²: THE BEGINNING is a blazing triumph that brings back all those crucial elements that made rock such a vibrant means of expression in the first place. Vittorio and Vincenzo give us adrenaline-surging screams, unapologetic rebellious attitude, and guitar solos. Yes guitar solos! Something that disappeared from music somewhere in the ‘80s. You just gotta hear the wicked licks in “Long Live Rock N Roll” because they are hot enough to make even Page proud!
Vittorio and Vincenzo were kind enough to offer AXS a peek into their fabulous rock star lives:
AXS: Where did you get your musical tastes from?
Vittorio: From listening to classic rock radio stations with our dad – AC/DC, Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones.
Vincenzo: But our earliest musical taste came from listening to classical music with our mom in the car before we were old enough to talk.
Vittorio: Yeah, our mom was in a classical music choir and performed and rehearsed throughout her pregnancy. The lyrics to “Long Live Rock N Roll” tell about it. “Before we were born, while still in her womb, our mom played the classics, filling the room.”
AXS: Can you name a few of the bands that influenced you and give a brief reason why each one caught your ear?
Vittorio: AC/DC because of their power chord sound.
Vincenzo: Van Halen for their cool lyrics.
Vittorio: Led Zeppelin for their musical arrangements. Rolling Stones for blues roots.
AXS: Which part of this is your favorite… the writing, the recording, or performing live?
Vittorio: Performing live is the most fun because it’s cool to see everybody in the audience enjoying our music.
Vincenzo: Recording albums is also fun because we get to release the new music we created.
Vittorio: Writing new songs can be good if we get it working right away, but it can also be a grind if we don’t.
Vincenzo: Sometimes, if we don’t get a song worked out right away with a new riff or a good theme for the song lyrics, we will put it on the back burner and come back to it a week or so later – if we feel moved to work on it again.
AXS: How do you write songs? Do you ever co-write with other people?
Vincenzo: We have not co-written with anyone because all of our songs tell a story about what we have done or what we want to do or what has happened to us.
Vittorio: We just start with the lyrics that tell our story. Then, we come up with a melody for it and a chorus. Then, we work on the guitar rhythm, drum beat, and add a solo, breakdown, drum fills and fine tune it over a few weeks of messing around with it until we think it is done.
AXS: What is something nobody knows about you?
Vittorio: I like playing “Call of Duty” and would like to be a Navy SEAL.
Vincenzo: I want to play pro baseball when I grow up and tour in the off season.
AXS: Which song on THE BEGINNING is your personal favorite? Why?
Vittorio: That is a tough question. Every song has great meaning to us because they tell our story. If I had to pick one, and that is a hard choice, I would pick “I Like Doing This The Best.” Right behind it would be “So Long My Love,” because we wrote it as a gift to a good friend who had lost the love of her life.
Vincenzo: Yeah, “So Long My Love” is a special song. If I have to pick one song, “Pass the Rock N Roll Torch” would be my pick because we are thanking all the rockers who inspired us and we are letting them know that we will carry on the classic rock sound in our generation.
AXS: What is the first single from this album going to be?
Vittorio: Five songs from this album have already been released as singles from our debut album and made it to #1 on Internet Rock Radio charts, so we are going to release “Hard and Fast” as the first single from this album.
Vincenzo: We really could have picked “Pass the Rock N Roll Torch” or “‘59 Caddy” or “Let Me Go” or any of the songs. We gave the album to a bunch of different people in the music industry and asked them which song we should release and every person picked a different song!
Vittorio: I think that is a good sign and it shows that all the songs are equally well written and produced.
AXS: What do you do when you’re not playing music?
Vittorio: Too much school work!
Vincenzo: Yeah, we have to do our homework before we can practice our music.
Vittorio: Even in the summer our mom has tutors come to the house for math and science work.
Vincenzo: Yeah, we cut a car song album this summer with Ron Nevison producing it and we had math and science tutoring from 8-10 in the morning before we could go to the studio to work on the new album.
AXS: Is there anything at all you’d like to say about your music (or anything else) that we didn’t cover?
Vittorio: We hope classic rock fans enjoy listening to the album as much as we enjoyed writing and recording the songs on it.
Vincenzo: Share it with your kids and help us create a new generation of fans who love the rock sound of the ‘70s and ‘80s.
Vittorio: Just like our lyrics say, “Writing new rock songs with a sound from the past. We’re keeping rock alive, gonna make it last.”
Vincenzo: Rock on!
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Watch Vittorio play “The Star-Spangled Banner” at San Francisco’s AT&T Park before the Giants vs. Padres game.