Exclusive Interview: Hot Chick in Hard Rock Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil

When we interviewed Lacuna Coil’s Cristina Scabbia for the new Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock issue, we talked about a range of topics, from her band’s upcoming album, Dark Adrenaline–which will be released on January 24–to her pick for the sexiest hard-rock or metal song. Unfortunately, due to space constraints in the issue, we weren’t able to include most of our chat–but that’s what the Internet is for! Read what she has to say below.

REVOLVER What are your feelings about the album right now?
CRISTINA SCABBIA I feel fucking great, man. [Laughs] I know that, of course, you know, you couldn’t expect a different opinion from me because, of course, I’m part of the project. But I really feel that it is really, really a good album with good songs. I think that it totally captures the essence of Lacuna Coil because it’s definitely a mixture of our roots and something completely new. We never repeated ourself with any album, but this one, it’s a perfect balance between the old stuff and the new. And the new stuff, it’s more obscure than the usual. It’s definitely heavier–the sound is way heavier than we did before. A lot of people will be surprised. I think so.

Because of the heaviness of it?
I believe that, you know, it’s something that they don’t really expect from us. They probably expect us to go, I don’t know, more melodic and mellow and actually this is not the direction we are taking. [Laughs] We’re kind of getting heavier while everybody else is getting mellower. [Laughs]

Did you guys have specific aims when you went into the studio?
No, not really, because I think that when you are writing songs, it’s not about what you want to achieve. You just go with the flow and you just like what you hear. And if you like something, you just, like, work on it. I don’t think it would make sense for us just to think about a song or like, Oh, the album is going to sound like that. That wouldn’t be honest and that wouldn’t be hard, you know? Of course, you kind of know what you want to do, just because you know that’s your taste, but you don’t really know what’s gonna be the final result. You just, you know, put down layers and layers and layers and layers, and then you just hear the result at the very end. Actually, after the mixing you’re just like, Oh, wow! [Laughs] It’s hard to see things, you know. You just kind of draw the image of what you think it’s gonna be, but you don’t really know what’s gonna be in the end.

Did you guys do anything different this time around?
Well, what we did is that we basically felt free to do what we wanted to in the songwriting period. We wrote a little bit of everything ’cause we didn’t really know what clear direction we wanted to follow. We know that we wanted to go heavier and darker because that’s we like, that’s what we are, but we felt free to throw every idea in the pot. And that gave us an amazing feeling because we were all like, Wow, we are in the position where we can be free to do whatever we want because we never got any pressure from the label or anything. And I’m actually really happy about [that] because we can be artistically free without anybody telling us what to do. And that made us feel great and hungry for more material, and it just ended up that we had so many songs to choose from.

So I believe that probably the difference was that we were really, really artistically creative and really, really, really extremely passionate about it. Not that we weren’t in the past, but we just felt that we had more time. We kind of took a little break, so, you know how it is, it’s like after you take a vacation, you know, you’re full of energy, just want to do a lot of stuff. So after we took a little break form the tour, I guess that all we wanted was to write music and you can totally hear it.

Are you anxious to get back on the road, especially after being in the studio for so long, and play the new material for people?
You know, I love touring because, if you love music, if you’re passionate about it, it’s the best job in the world, you know? It might be really hard at times because there’s no private life anymore, you know, personal life because you’re far from the people you love. You can’t be in your own bathroom, you know, little things in life. But, you know, I love to travel, I love to find out different cultures and different types of food that I don’t know, meet people. I just love that and I love the music we are doing with the band, so that’s the best job in the world. And we haven’t been touring for a while so it’s gonna be fun. Sometime I just wish we could have, you know, like, an insane budget so we could put up like a super theatrical show, very entertaining, but sometimes it’s not possible. We have a lot of ideas so we’re gonna try to make them real. [Laughs]

What do you think is the sexiest hard rock or metal song?
The sexiest metal song. Oooh, that’s a tough question. What do you mean with the sexiest one, like, the one that I would use to… I don’t know.

Just something that sounds sexy to you.
Oh my God, I don’t know if I can consider it metal but I like very much “Closer” from Nine Inch Nails. And I think that anything from Nine Inch Nails would be really, really sexy–I mean, at least if you like that sexy with a little bit of a twist, which I like.

 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/MechaRoach Matt Roach

    She, um, I don’t know, sounds like really dumb, I guess. You know?
    Still like the album though. :)

    • Mireille

      First, how can you like the album, it’s not even out yet…and second, she’s far from dumb. She just sounds excited about the new album…

    • vickychels

      She’s Italian. English isn’t her first language. Are all non-native speakers dumb to you? or is it just that you have no idea about the outside world and diversity in languages?

  • Craner54

    Matt, ur f-ing full of crap! Do not judge one person by a paragraph…now that is DUMB

  • Lever45

    @Matt: Did you ever talk with her? How can you say she’s dumb? Cause she’s laughing? God I hate people who is always ready to judge everyone about bullshit. She’s great.

  • Manny

    If so, I’d like to point out the bad job of this “so called” journalist, that should be able to trascribe a talk with a person in a journalistic way, not putting down every “ah” “oh” or “you know” she might have said during the conversation. FAIL, Mr. jason LeMiere.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=38306423 Roger Riddell III

      I think you are being a bit ridiculous here.  Including that adds character to the interview and brings to light that English is not her first language.  I’m a grad student at one of the top journalism schools in the U.S. and this is not something that is considered a “FAIL,” as you so eloquently put it.  The only way he could have dishonestly represented her is if he had changed her quotes from their original meaning/context or misreported facts.  

  • Havock

    Dear Moron Matt! If you didn’t know she’s from Italy so maybe she’s not perfect with her english. That doesn’t make her dumb.

    • Jessica

      exactly! Geez, she’s gotten better but hello, she’ll always have her accent.

  • Jas0n

    Can’t wait for the new album to come out!!!!

  • vickychels

    Love Lacuna Coil. Can’t wait for the new album to come out :) I met my fiance through Lacuna Coil.

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