Not a Good Sign is a project by AltrOck and some bands’ members of the label.
Marcello Marinone, Paolo «Ske» Botta and Francesco Zago, after a successful collaboration in Yugen and Ske, propose a new blend of their musical attitudes. The result is an ominous, fascinating sound melting vintage keyboards, powerful guitars and voice, besides ethereal and autumn nuances, supported by a compelling rhythmic drive.
In 2011 Botta and Zago began to write the music, and Zago provided the lyrics too. Soon Gabriele G. Colombi and Alessio Calandriello, from La Coscienza di Zeno, joined the band. The drummer Martino Malacrida completed the line-up in 2012.
In these tracks many of you will recognize the Old Prog School from the 70s, but in a modern key, with a pinch of hard-rock and psych. Resonant vocal melodies and lyrics complete the gloomy but colourful imagery of the band.
King Crimson, Van Der Graaf Generator, Anekdoten, Ennio Morricone, Michael Nyman, Bark Psychosis, Jaga Jazzist, Steven Wilson, Anglagard
released June 10, 2013
Paolo «Ske» Botta, keyboards
Alessio Calandriello, vocals
Gabriele Guidi Colombi, bass
Martino Malacrida, drums
Francesco Zago, guitars
Maurizio Fasoli, grandpiano (Yugen)
Sharron Fortnam, vocals (North Sea Radio Orchestra, Cardiacs)
Bianca Fervidi, cello
Recorded by Andrea Rizzardo (Effettonote), Paolo Botta (South Central Ceppine Studios)
and Francesco Zago (Ganascia Studio) between March and April 2013
Mixed by Andrea «Hot Rats» Rizzardo
Mastered by Udi Koomran (Ginger Studio, Tel Aviv)
Artwork by Paolo "Ske" Botta
Almost I 06:37
Almost II 03:12
Not a Good Sign 07:54
Making Stills 06:43
Witchcraft by a Picture 07:37
Coming Back Home 05:52
Flow On 06:07
The Deafening Sound of the Moon 04:33
Afraid to Ask 03:08