Sometimes we all take ourselves way too seriously. The way we dress, the way we speak, what films we see— even what music we listen to.
My ex- husband, who I still adore, loved jazz rock fusion. Being a musician himself, he understood the complexities of the pieces he played. If the music wasn’t involved, intricate, with a menagerie of different arrangements, then for him it just wasn’t music.
This was his opinion. It certainly wasn’t mine.
As a result, we had quite a variety of interesting and explosive arguments on the subject over the years.
After all, can’t music be just be fun, some of the time?
The answer (in my opinion) is a resounding YES, and The Cleopatras are living proof of this. This all-female band from Lucca, Tuscany seems like they're having a ball on their most recent CD, Things Can Get Better. They belt out nine highly original songs and do a damn good version of “Real Wild Child.” Intracks like “Doll” and “T-Boy” you can hear their classic rock 'n' roll influences. They have a surfer-band-meets-garage sound and a touch of pop punk all rolled up into one. “The Asp” is probably the best example of their musical talent as a group. The Cleos no doubt have a great sense of humor: Their lyrics are amusing, extremely original and send a message about feminine strength. Things Can Get Better never loses its energy from beginning to end (apart from the last track which is a bit disappointing).
Listen to believe, and please give in to the urge to have fun. Their music is fresh, upbeat and raring to go . And it's not in the least bit pretentious.
Karin Andrea Halliwell
Artists permanently (and randomly) "on air" at present date: The Cleopatras(Italy), Hollowblue(Italy), OPA(USA), Nora Keyes (USA), Simona Gretchen(Italy), Facciascura (Italy), hiiragi fukuda (Japan), Stardog(Italy), I Got A Violet(Italy), The Agrarians (USA); Feldmaus (Russia); Red Velvet (Italy - France); Eigenheimer (Holland); Drugs Made Me Smarter (Mexico); Kelvin & Speedy Peones (Italy); Tidy Kid (USA); NIMM (Italy); MorningPaper (Italy), Edgar Graves (Czech Republic), Marshmallow (Croatia), David Morley (England/Belgium); Bancale (Italy); Antony Raijekov (Bulgary); Amélie (Italy); Celestial Aeon Project (Finland); Channel in Channel out (USA); Madrigali Magri (Italy), Gimme 'hat Moonshine (Belgium), Krakenti (Latvia), Wheelchair Discotheque (Latvia), TheOneOnTheIsland (Slovakia), Maok (Slovakia), LaBon (Slovakia), Jordan Jordan (Slovakia), Social Society (Slovakia), Batte (Norway), Orange Crush (Norway), Oriental Music System (Hong Kong), Iamsum (Hong Kong), Rex Cody (Hong Kong), Donkey Valium (Hong Kong), Smiling Buddhas (Hong Kong), O-M (Hong Kong), Hvoya (Ukraine), Automatic Pilot Required (Brazil), Yogi (Brazil), Light Merchants (South Africa), The Slowmovies (Italy); I am this (USA); Kråkvind (Sweden); Planet Brain (Italy); Lebatol (UK); Sarah Schuster (Italy); Krt 963 (Italy-Japan); Flap (Italy); Nicker Hill Orchestra (Italy); Menrovescio (Italy); Annabel (USA); Karmatest (Italy); The Dada Weatherman (France); Diablo Swing Orchestra (Sweden); Japanese gum (Italy); Above the tree (Italy); Volcano Playground (Canada); Linz (Italy); Anomie Belle (USA), Christophe Marc (France), Death Valley Sleepers (Denmark), Jeremy Sparrow (Denmark), Zoon van snooK (England), Systemton (Germany), Matti Bye (Sweden), Manuzik (Japan), Chances (Italy), Hometaping (Great Britain...?), Ping (Norway), Frey (New Zealand), Manhan (Japan), One Chef (Sweden), Mijagi (Poland), Pandacetamol (Scotland), Lu-Sin (Argentina), Thomas Solgaard (Denmark), Wonderboy (France), Los Hermanos Butaca (Argentina), La Biyuya (Argentina), Negro Fluo (Argentina), Sempai (Italy), Riccardo Vianello (Italy), Wolther goes stranger (Italy), Eildentroeilfuorieilbox84 (Italy), Buzz Aldrin (Italy), Stefano Roveda (Italy), Rosso! (Italy); manzOni (Italy).