Wild Sheep is a young and really good punk/hardcoreband from Italy. Many good bands have been coming from Italy and this band is among these I think. October-2019


Please tell me a little bit history of the group?

-The project Wildsheep started 8 years ago with another name “the Quarrelsome” in a little town in province of Vicenza and composed only by two members: drummer and guitarist/singer.

Later, another join the formation, and a bassist that changed many times.


Please tell me a little about every member in the group right now, age, family, work, interests and something bad about everyone? Earlier bands? Other bands on the side?

-We started when we were all at school, now we start working and it seems to be the real the first obstacle for us. WildSheep are: Daniel Zanin (24, singer and guitarist, he fucking love travelling, he has an unplugged solo project), Alessandro Tomasicchio (22, lead guitarist, he love the music's energy and he is a ball-buster, he has an ambient solo project), Francesco Rodighiero (24, drummer, he love the animals and talking about society, he is a very crazy strange mate, he has many music projects with other musicians, always in the Punk scene), Davide Vezzaro (24, bass man, he play the cello, he is vendictive so expect everything from him!).
Everyone of us has his own discomforts, but we always tried to don't mix our problems inside the band.


I can hear much different influences but mostly punk, a little bit of hardcore? Favorites from the past?

-Yes, any member has different influences (punk, hardcore, post-rock…) so we try to mixed everything to create possibly a new sound.


Wild Sheep are you satisfied with the name? How did it came up? You weren’t afraid that some other band would be named like this? Which is the best bandname you know?

-Yes, we are very proud of it, at the beginning it camed up as a joke. We think that we are the real ones, and even if it exist another band using the same name, i doubt that they are more crazy than us.
The best name of a band we ear is in between of Controcorrente hc and Antonello Venditti Band.


What´s the best thing with playing live? What´s the biggest difference if you compare when you started to play?

-The best thing is the energy, the atmosphere between us and the people. We evolved too much, mostly technically and the sound is totally different from the beginning, deeper and accurate.


And where is best to play? And the worst place?

-Hamburg is the best place we’ve ever played into, the worst is Mestre.


How is to play this sort of music in Italy right now? Which types of bands do you have concerts together with?

-Actually it’s a bit hard to play, many places have been closed because of the past politics actions of the recent government. However, the scene is still very strong and solid. We don’t play for money but to spread our message and to support movements and activists who fight against repression.


How would you describe your music in three words?

-Vent, thoughts, freedom.


What does punk mean to you, is it only a word or is it a lifestyle?

-We try to be punk in everything we do.


Which song/album or group was it who took you into punk/hardcore?

-It is difficult to say, there is not a band that particulary took us into punk hardcore but surely Nirvana is the band that united us and led us into the underground world.


What shall a young guy do today to shock their parents as the way we did when we were young? They have already seen everything 😉?

-There are lot of things that could shock them like be gay, clothes, tattoo, piercings, choose a different diet (vegetarian or vegan), prefer some passion more than the work. The people in Italy, mostly in the north, are a bit close minded.


How is it to live in Italy right now? Politically? Fascists?

-We lived in a country where the people around us are in the most of cases automaton, so it's nearly impossible have a real comparison with them. Politically Italy is very confused, full of people that think about politic just the days before the elections, or people that talk using the voice of others. There are so many fascists here, but obviously they are also stupid, so we can't really consider it as the biggest problem we have around us.


Is there any good bands from Italy right now? Is the punkscene/metalscene/hardcorescene big? How is it in your hometown?

-Yes there are heaps of bands that play great music. The scene is big, but it’s mostly concentrated in the biggest cities as Rome, Turin, Milan and Bolon. In our hometown the scene is not big like other cities but it’s very good and well rooted.


What do you know about Sweden? Have you been here sometime?

-We don't know so much about Sweden, but we will send Daniel "the traveller" to discover it.


Have you heard any good bands from Sweden?

-Refused, No omega, Disavow, Abhinanda, Wolfbrigade and Satanic Surfers.


Your lyrics, who does them and what influences you? Never in italian?

-Our lyrics are written by Daniel, most infuenced by the American and the British music. Now he started writing in Italian as well.


Is there any subject that you never will write anything about?

-We will never write expressly about fascism, because we don’t give importance to something that for us is ash.


Politic and music, does it goes hand in hand? Which is your most political song? Is it important to get out your opinions in music?

-Our target is mostly social not political, there is a big difference between these two things.


Best political band/artist?

-It’s very difficult to choose one because there are too many. But in Italian scene there are such good bands like Attrito, Congegno, CGB, Tear Me Down…


Do you think that music(lyrics and so on) can change anyones life, I mean people who listens to music?

-Music and art in general is the most powerful weapon we have to change everything we want, from the small things up to the biggest.


Your favorite recordcover alltime? Who does your recordcovers? And do you have any good recordstores in your hometown?

-There are plenty of cool covers and it's hard to say which one we preferred, however in Hamburg we bought the vinyl of a band we played with, the Parasight, especially for the cover image that is a true work of art. Our covers are partly made by ourselves. Daniel has good manual skills with graphics programs and Francesco is good in drawing. Usually, however, we try to involve as many people as possible in the illustrations to give also visibility to other artists. Yes, we still have some record stores in our hometown but they're all on the way of closing because the people unfortunately prefer the digital format.


Is it important to get out physical records of your stuff? Why or why not? Vinyl, CD, cassette, what do you prefer if you could choose whatever ?

-For us is very important to have the physical copy of the album, even if it's just a single, because the music has to be kissed by the visual art. We always prefer the cds, just for a fact of convenience. But we also like the tapes and vinyls.


Please tell me a funny thing which have happened during your career and under some gig?

-During a concert in Modena our guitarist shitted himself when he was playing!


How does your audience look like? Which people do you miss on your concerts? Which is the biggest band you ever have played together with?

-Our audience is good. We are well known in Veneto and we are fairly well known in northern Italy. At our concerts surely miss fascists and bigots. We have played with highly recognized bands in the Italian punk scene such as Attrito, Horror Vacui, Le Tormenta, Impact, CGB, Obscene Revenge and others.


Please rank your five favoriterecords, five favoriteconcerts and five most important things in life?

-The Shape of punk come from the Refused, Rebuild of Verse, Group sex of the Circle jJerks, Riches to Rags of RKL , Song to scream at the sun of the Have Heart. For us in life is important the respect of each other, the steadily research of freedom, follow the passions, always having a target, reach the absence of happiness.


First, last and most expensive record ever bought?

-The first record I bought was 80-85 of the Bad religion, the last one is Anti-colonial by the Armada and the most expensive was Self titled by the Other. (Francesco)


Is it boring with interviews? Is it much interviews?

-The interview is so long but it’ s a good way to get together and reflect about many topics.


Do you care about reviews? Which is the most peculiar you ever had, with this band or any other band you have been to?

-The reviews are interesting and useful to make themselves known but also you must be open to to criticism. The most peculiar review was the one about the ep registered with one of my former group where among the various things said, it was made some tacky sarcasm. (Francesco)


Which bands do people compare you to, is it boring that people compare you to other bands or is it understandable?

-Fortunately for us we never received a lot of comparisons with other band cause our sound is singular.


If you could choose five bands from the past and the history and nowadays and both dead and living bands to have a concert together with your band. Which five have you been chosen?

-Our biggest dream is to play with the Foo Fighters, it would be very cool to open a concert at the Circle Jerks, but if they still exist we would like to play with Nirvana, Verse, Bad Brains, Minor Threat or Fugazi.


Is music a good way to get out frustration and become a nicer person outside the music?

-Yes, it is a good way to get out the frustration and to express themselves but it’ s not always enough to be a better person. It’ s necessary to work every day and take care to how we relate to others to grow personally.


Which is the most odd question you ever have got in an interview?

-We have never received too odd questions but the one to which we answer with more difficulty is the one concerning the birth of the name of the band because it is a really stupid story to tell to someone.


Which is the question you want to have but you never get. Please ask it and answer it?

-The interview is so good and we think that questions are very complete and targeted.


Futureplans for the band?

-In early November 2019, Daniel will leave to Australia and stay away for at least a year. Shortly afterwards, Alessandro will leave for a journey for about half a year. Than for the moment we don't know for sure how things will evolve for the band, but we hope to return to play together in a not too distant future.


For yourself?

-Daniel wants to save some money for travel around the world to spread our and his music, Alessandro will leave with a volunteer group to have a new experience and be able to be socially useful, Davide is studying to enter the conservatory and Francesco is thinking of going abroad cause he need a change of scenery.





Something to add?

-Thanks for everything.