Interview by: Flavio Gasperini
Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?
The name started like a joke (and an error to be honest): we use to love the film SLC Punk that talks about the anarco-punk movement of 1980s, translating “out of the mohawk” in Outta Peak. Then a band of friend of ours told us the real meaning and we found it a lot better to be honest!
How and when did the band form?
The band started between school desks in 2009 in Italy, we were just four friends that enjoyed staying together and playing some of our favourites tunes. Then we started composing our own stuff and we started to play in every little bar, venue, festival. We didn’t usually play in our hometown since there weren’t different venues but just a couple, we played all over the centre of Italy. Then in 2017, after a summer full of gigs, performing live and writing (we never stop writing to be honest) we moved here in UK to walk this path, away from friends and families, but to a place where the music is not only played but you can breathe it in the air, because this beautiful country is full of venues, band, festivals without genre boundaries.
What are your musical influences?
We have a lot of musical influences but I am not going to lie if I say that we all love bands like Pierce The Veil, Architects, Northlane, Brand New and stuff like this (expect the newer album a heavier one).
Where have you played or toured?
We played more than 100 gigs from the very beginning, we played all over center/north Italy then UK (London, Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds and Brighton) then in Europe (Hungary, Ukraine and Poland).
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Anything”?
“Anything” is the last single off our past record “Loveproof”. We recorded the music video in August aiming to release it on October but then we decided to move to UK.
Like I said it’s been an insane half a year but we are so happy about it and so excited to release this awesome video!
So you’ve released a fair bit of music so far in your careers, what about the creative process? How have you developed through making these records and do you think you’re a better band now than you were before?
We change not only the music but also the way we do things for every album. That means that if the first album was made entirely in the rehearsal the second one was an hybrid between the same thing mixed with ideas recorded and worked on the PC. This adds more possibilities and layers to the song and it flows so much better because you can judge the song not by playing but just hearing it. We are doing something really crazy for this third one, we don’t want to spoiler and we can get in touch again after the release if you’ll like it!
The old days of music were better than the current, do you agree?
Absolutely not. Don’t get me wrong, we love the classics and old music, but we believe that music is reaching an absolutely higher level both technically and harmonically nowadays. So if we can choose between just old music or old music and modern music the answer is simple.
Have you got anything else exciting lined up towards the end of this year?
We moved in Sheffield in September 2016 and we built lots of contacts, we’ll tour a lot this year, we can’t say anything at the moment but when everything will be confirmed we’ll just update everyone through our Facebook page, so stay tuned there! New album and new tours, we can’t wait to show you what we are working on!
Would you call this new album a departure or a follow up of your previous record?
We would say that’s a completely another thing, but with the same Outta Peak vibe you know and love (hopefully hahaha)!
In your opinion, how is your band different from all the other bands out there?
Like a lot of reviews and people say to us I’d like to say that we have a different sound that sums up all the influences we have. And every album we put out is different from the last one, because we like to change, to improve.
If a deaf person were to ask you to describe the sound of your music, how would you describe it?
We always loved to been downtuned because of the bigger sound and, as pure noise said, every note is like fist to the jaw.
What is your favorite or most funny, wildest moment or story as a band?
I would say that every single second when we are on tour is the funniest one, we enjoy so much travelling, staying together and eating like there’s no tomorrow.
But one of the funniest moments was when we were on the Ukrainian Border and they asked us for our passports and since we had a rucksack with money, passport etc we gave to her a passport with €50 in it and she thought that we were bribing her. At the moment it wasn’t so fun, but when we realized it we started laughing to death.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are really important to us, it’s always a pleasure to hang out before or after a gig with them or get in touch to listen to their feedback about our releases.
Where can we find your social media sites?
We are on Facebook, Instagram, Spotify and YouTube, that’s all you have to know!
Do you have any last words?
Yes, we want to say that moving our entire lives from Italy to UK just because of our passion is the most exciting and challenging thing we ever done in our whole lives, we are looking forward to see what this beautiful Country deserves for us in the near future!
In the meantime keep your eyes peeled, Outta Peak is going to take over the world! (or at least we’ll try it!)