Vanessa Van Basten is “neither a Dutch singer nor the wife of a famous football player.” Below is our proof that Vanessa Van Basten is actually a band, one which recently put out another solid EP and should be on your radar!
Genova / Trieste, Italy Taxi Driver, ConSouling Sounds, Robotic Empire
Morgan Bellini – Vocals/Guitars/Extras
Stefano Parodi – Bass Guitar
Roberto Della Rocca – Drums
ABOUT VANESSA VAN BASTEN
“Vanessa Van Basten (neither a Dutch singer nor the wife of a famous football player) was born in 2005 as a one-man band. A cinematic mix of post-rock, doom metal and shoegaze, he was quite a new sound within the Italian underground scene in that period. The band developed its own style, more focused on the general atmosphere than on brute strength. When drummer Roberto Della Rocca and bass player Stefano Parodi also joined the band, the trio started playing live quite intensely until 2010, when Bellini moved to Austria and declared the band was again a studio project only. In the same year, Vanessa signed for US Robotic Empire and released ‘Closer to the Small / Dark / Door’, their second album. This full length contains shorter tracks and is influenced by Morricone and by 4AD albums. Some other records (mostly EPs) were put out in the following years. Even if Vanessa Van Basten never pushed too much on promotion or social networks, it is considered a cult band and has unsuspected admirers.”
SHARED THE STAGE WITH
MoRkObOt, Oneida, Nadja, Viscera///
Disintegration EP, January 2015
Ruins: Sketches and Demos, 2014
Hemelbestormer & Vanessa Van Basten (split album), 2014
Subsound Split Series #2 (split EP with Morkobot), 2013
Closer to the Small/Dark/Door, 2010
Psygnosis EP, 2008
La Stanza Di Swedenborg, 2007
Vanessa Van Basten EP, 2006
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Congratulations on the new record. Anything you’d like to share about the making of Disintegration EP?
Morgan: Making a cover album of songs by The Cure has been a dream for long time, I’ve always thought that the original songs fits our ‘sound’ pretty well, so I’ve picked up a very good friend and drummer called Franz Valente and we developed 10 (!) songs from ‘Disintegration’ together. We wanted a ‘fresh’ listening experience, something that could be played all-at-once, for this reason we cut the major part of the album to focus more on four of them and we made it shorter. There are other guests on the album, like Francesco Candura (Jennifer Gentle/Rivulets). I’m very satisfied by the result.
How did you guys come up with the name Vanessa Van Basten?
It’s a combination of ‘Vanessa’ (my ex-room mate and friend) and the football player name. We wanted a non-sense, something easy to pronounce but difficult to categorize.
What and who were your musical influences growing up? And how about today?
I’ve been a rock selector for clubs for many years and I love to collect music too. Vanessa Van Basten are always influenced by Burzum, Cocteau Twins, Sonic Youth, Swans, Godflesh, The God Machine and Lycia. I always liked to listen to ‘real’ songs, but I’d rather play instrumental music. In the recent times I’m focusing again on the Seattle scene, there are great rock bands like Nirvana or Alice in Chains.
What does the future hold in store for you? Any upcoming tour plans?
We’ve released an outtake and demos collection recently, called ‘Ruins’, and this EP. I don’t have plans for new releases now. The next step, if the time and the strength is on our side, is having rehearsals and going on stage again. It’s very difficult because we live in different, distant cities, but we receive offers for gigs quite often… maybe we’ll return as a live band the next fall.
Anything else you would like to share with us?
Thank you for this feature. Today I would like to invite the readers to listen for the first time our first album ‘La Stanza di Swedenborg’ and let themselves go. It can be easily found on the net, and also in the links above. Have a nice trip!