"Italian soundtrack funk that sounds like Goblin recording at Stax!" Wax Poetics Magazine US
Is it possible for a band to sound so Italian and not-so-Italian at the same time? It might be surprising that an instrumental band like Calibro 35 has become one of the biggest Italian alternative acts in just few short years. The band, whose has been described by Rolling Stone as "the most fascinating, "retro-maniac" and genuine thing, that happened to Italy in the last years", is the proof that there's one thing that Italians do better than others... soundtracks!
The band started back in 2007 when Grammy award candidate, producer Tommaso Colliva (Muse, Franz Ferdinand), invited some of the best musicians from the Italian indie scene - Enrico Gabrielli (Mike Patton, John Parish), Massimo Martellotta (Stewart Copeland, Adrian Younge), Luca Cavina (Retox, Zeus!), Fabio Rondanini (John Parish, Daniel Johnston) - to record some Italian golden age soundtracks. What started as a studio b-side project evolved in a full time band able to release 4 heavily acclaimed albums and to tour extensively around Europe, including to name just a few at festivals like Eurosonic in Groningen, SXSW in Austin Texas, Nova Rock Festival in Austria and CMJ in New York. The band also opened for international acts such as Muse, Sharon Jones, Afghan Whigs and Jet. Songs taken from Calibro's albums have also been included in numerous soundtracks including Hollywood blockbuster "RED" starring John Malkovich and Bruce Willis, Gli Angeli Del Male" directed by Michele Placido, "Said" directed by Joseph Lefevre and "Eurocrime" directed by Mike Malloy.
The Italian crime funk combo devoted to Italian soundtracks music of the 70s has landed on Record Kicks in 2013, with their fourth studio album Traditori di Tutti and after they've been recently sampled by Jay-Z first and Damon Albarn later, they have highly increased their status of cult band all over the globe.
Calibro 35 are:
Massimo Martellotta - guitar
Enrico Gabrielli - rhodes, piano, sax
Fabio Rondanini - drums and percussions
Luca Cavina - bass
Tommaso Colliva - production