Interview with Andrea Lonardi (Bass) of A New Tomorrow and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
AL: Once, at one of our concerts, a guy, who was seeing us for the first time, described the band as “Sounds like the Foo Fighters and Alter Bridge had a baby”.
We all have different musical backgrounds and this reflects in our music, a combinations of heavy and groovy riffs and melodic lines.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
AL: Me and Alessio have known each other for a very long time. We are both from the same place in Italy, a small town close to Verona but pretty much in the middle of nowhere where, as in many other similar places, not much is going on.
We were both playing in different bands back then and we would spend long nights talking about music and how to make it our future.
From there the idea of starting a completely new band in London, defined by many the capital of Rock music, and to start from scratch, with no genre boundaries, so to be completely inspired by our surroundings and our daily experiences.
Tim and Michael joined the band just a few years later.
Tim was recommended to us by many friends for being an incredibly talented drummer with a big heart and a go get attitude, Michael, one of the very first real friends me and Alessio made in London, was the n°1 fan at the band’s very first beginnings and joined the band after helping us out in our very first international tour.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
AL: We all listen to all sorts of music and have different musical backgrounds and I would say that, as a band, this definitely transpires in our music.
Alessio comes from thrash metal but also appreciates funk, soul and country music, Tim is more into prog rock/metal while Michael main influences are more into the modern side of metal.
Personally, the bands that inspire my playing style the most are probably Green Day and Incubus but I believe every album I love and musician I appreciate will enrich my musical knowledge and somehow be reflected in the way I play and compose.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
AL: To get back to touring and playing live. Our first album came out right before the beginning of this absurd moment we are living in and we still haven’t had the chance to tour with it.
Making the band our full time job is definitely one of our biggest dreams and goals.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
AL: We write our songs together so to be inspired by one another and explore different ideas as one.
Most of the lyrics are uplifting, about believing in ourselves and never giving up.
The name of the band, A New Tomorrow, is all about that. No matter how dark today might seem you will always have the chance to work for a better and new tomorrow. A positive approach to life.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
AL: In my opinion, playing live is still the best way of promoting a band.
Of course, being active on social media and collaborating with a good pr company and label are equally important.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
AL: Although I prefer the physical copies of the bands I like the most, vinyls especially, I am totally not against digital downloading if it’s done legally as it is still a way of supporting the bands you like.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
AL: Definitely Green Day’s Good Riddance (Time of your life). Back when it was released, this song, for the very first time, made me feel a different, deeper and emotional connection to music. The first time ever I was in the zone.
It still gives me goosebumps to these days!
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
AL: Easy! Pineapple on pizza!
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
AL: Probably the time we played the main stage at Atlas Festival in Kiev, our biggest stage to date.
To see people singing along to your songs when you are far from home is always incredibly overwhelming and definitely something that makes you feel proud of what you are doing.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
AL: At the moment we are using all the newly found free time to write music for our next album.
This turned out to be quite interesting. We are experimenting with different ways to do so as Tim, our drummer, lives in Kent and of course, at the moment, we are not allowed to all be together in the same room nor to travel.
At these times, having a recording studio (Rogue Studios in Wembley Park, London) sure comes in handy!
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
AL: We released through the years 2 Eps and some singles that you can find on all main streaming platforms and digital shops.
In December 2019 we also released our debut album ‘Universe’ via Frontiers Music.
The physical copies of all our material can be found on our online shop on our Official Website (www.anewtomorrowband.com).
Thank you for asking us to do this interview, it was a real pleasure.
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