The Italian progressive rock band ARPIA is a rather complex entity that we are not going to pretend to fully
understand what they are about, and we therefore thought it would be best for the band to speak for themselves.
Here is their official biography.
Arpia was born in Rome, February 1984 with the following line up:
Leonardo Bonetti - voice, bass, synth; Fabio Brait - guitar; Aldo Orazi - drums.
As early as '85, Arpia began experimenting in their concerts forms of aesthetic contamination involving pantomimes
and actors around a project that would exceeded the outlines of a traditional musical show in order to address itself
to theatrical research.
After two years of working in this direction, in 1987 is released, in fruition of all the first writing phase, "de lusioni",
experimental demo but rich of forms and ideas later developed in a more organic way. "Resurrezione e Metamorfosi",
released in '88, clocking in at 40 minutes, is the work that concludes all of this phase.
In the two following years, those previous to the latest release on cassette, "Bianco Zero", Arpia moved its attention
with growing energy to the more problematic and rich of consequences aspects of reality in which it has definitively
drawn it's blood: these are the grounds on which is implanted the most recent production.
And effectively the latest evolution of the band sees a renewed dimension of structuring the shows, which lost that
genuinely theatrical measure in order to address with more effectiveness towards a comunicative tension;
the sonority changes considerably with the introduction of the keyboards, which brings us to the tracks released
on 7" in the September of 1992: "Ragazzo Rosso" and "Idolo e Crine".
In April of 1995, this path finds its natural outlet both on an artistic and discographic point of view, with the release of
the first CD: "Liberazione". It is concept album around the idea of travel in the historical memory of our country
fifty years back, in fact, from the liberation from nazifascism.
There isn't, however, a pure political will, but the need to regain a collective history through individual stories.
Lastly, in these last four years, the evolution towards less rarefied sounds and more instinctive rithmic solutions
introduces collaborations with the band that see the participation of Paola Feraiorni on vocals
and Tonino De Sisinno on percussions.
At the end of this phase, in September 2006, the latest album of the band is released titled "Terramare",
whose nucleus can be found in the erotic experience of the world. Earth and Sea, elements of physicity and sexuality,
poles of a real and recognizable continuity, horizontal and pertaining both to a game of commonly accepted contrasts,
in which every element respects its role from the high of the irony of who already knows the possibile combinations of love.
Earth and Sea, man and woman, on a common level, where the feeling of the mystery of the other is alive and is put to the
test continuously. The divine element is excluded, the sky is without God and the only divinities are the classic ones of
forests and the seas, ancient symbols of sexuality.
You can below see the bizarre video to the track "Monsieur Verdoux" ;
For more information, please visit the band's website ;