HALFLIVES: V Friday, 2 July 2021 18:30 by madseason
Halflives - Valkyrie

Paris based band Halflives have released today their new EP V.

V is Linda Battilani's Vision; a story of obsession, hurt, revenge and feeling left out, told through unfiltered lyrics, dark atmospheres tinted with macabre imagery. The title V hints on a story told through five tracks (V in roman numbers), all of which start with the V letter. Strongly inspired by TV and film and adapted into real life experiences, V paints the inner fight between letting go and being a slave to one's feelings.

Immensely passionate and slightly irrational on Victim, Villain and V (Psycho), V confesses a toxic obsession for someone or something, who doesn't love you back after all, and merely takes everything good from you, leaving you as an empty shell.

Lashing out and letting go on Vibe and Valkyrie, oppression gives way to a new-found confidence and self-esteem during moments of clarity, realising you're actually worth something regardless of everyone else's opinion of you. These tracks explore the process of learning to fit in, and perhaps finding out that you don't, but being okay with it. It's an anthem for the weirdos, the rejects and the misfits.

"Victim is about the obsessive feeling that you develop towards someone or something that you can't have. Despite the fact that you know it's bad for you, you always find reasons to keep pushing to the point that it consumes you. Even if you're not given anything to feed on, every detail is an excuse to hang on and you find pleasure in a sort of morbid excitement.

The music video highlights how you can find yourself being used by someone and do nothing about it, and the blood represents the suffering that comes with it. The fact that I'm the only character throughout symbolises how I'm the only one who could do something about it… but I can't" says Linda.

Singer/songwriter Linda Battilani not only wrote all of the songs, but also assumed an integral role in the EP's production. Additional production, mixing and mastering were done by Elliot Polokoff (Cemetery Sun) on all tracks except Villain which was produced and mixed by Nick Goncalves (8 Graves).

On this record, Halflives return to an anthemic rock sound inspired by the modern revival of the genre, spiced up with trap elements that have increasingly been a part of the band's sound over the years. Unapologetic and outspoken, the record is designed to be a vessel for those who have something to say and can't find the words or the way to speak out.

Stream/buy on your favorite digital music service and watch the official video for the new single Valkyrie clicking on the image.

No place like home for HALFLIVES Tuesday, 27 November 2018 21:45 by madseason
Halflives - Fugitive

Halflives released their smashing new single Fugitive last November 16.

Fugitive was written by Linda Battilani and Francesco Catitti, engineered by Nelson Martins and mixed and mastered by Dino Medanhodzic (Normandie, Imminence, Smash Into Pieces) at Radionika Studios.

2018 has been a great year for Halflives. The Italian alt pop-rock four piece has played shows all across Europe, picking up new fans wherever they have gone. The success of their last single Crown has pushed them to new heights, seeing the band championed by the likes of Kerrang! Magazine, Rock Sound, AltPress and Alex Baker on Kerrang! Radio just to name a few.

Now Halflives are aiming to finish 2018 off in true style with Fugitive, a song that sees the continued evolution of Halflives distinctive sound, melding synths and samples into more traditional rock elements to create some devastatingly catchy hooks and one of the biggest choruses the band has ever written.

It is also Halflives most personal song to date, as their frontwoman Linda Battilani explains: "It happened to everybody, or at least to many people, to feel lost at a certain point in their life, like they don’t belong anywhere, to wander lost in a city that is a stranger to them. It’s something that happened to me too, to travel far, to escape, looking for my place in this world, looking for a place where I could feel at peace. The further I went in my journey the more lost I got, almost forgetting there were people who loved me. Then I started to feel homesick, I started to ask myself if all that running away was the right thing to do, if it was worth something. I put a great distance between myself and my home country and just by doing so I could understand how precious were the small things and the bonds I had. After many years of living abroad I had the need to put all these feelings into my music and Fugitive is the result of it. After all there's no place like home, and I’m glad to know that no matter how far I go to find myself, I always have a place where to return."

Watch the official music video for Fugitive clicking on the image.

Halflives - Echo

You may remember my post about Halflives, the Italian alternative rock band, from last September.

The group from Modena is releasing today their debut album Empty Rooms, an awesome alt.rock/pop rock 8-tracks record, produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Francesco "Katoo" Catitti.

Speaking about the inspiration behind the album, singer Linda Battilani said, "I was finding myself in a really dark place when writing these songs and I used the feelings I was carrying with me to give birth to something new, something deeper from everything that was written before. The inspiration came from different pieces of my life, including things I've seen on tour, things I've felt even by just staring outside of the ferry approaching to the white cliffs of Dover under the rain. Each song is a different empty room where I've let my feelings flow, you can visit them all and find a piece of us in each of them, a story, in each of them."

Watch the video for the latest single off of Empty Rooms, called Echo, clicking on the image and stream the whole album on Spotify.

The new life of HALFLIVES Monday, 12 September 2016 15:12 by madseason
Halflives - Mayday

Halflives is an Italian alternative rock band from Modena, home of the Zampone.

Raised from the ashes of the band Over (that's definitely over now), Halflives spent the past twelve months writing catchy, passionate and efficient songs now ready to be released as the band's debut album.

Empowered by the strong and clear voice of their singer Linda Battilani and the solid driving of four talented musicians, Halflives have built a loyal fanbase all over Europe and the UK, that is now highly expecting them with their new material.

Halflives is one of the few Italian alternative rock bands that sounds convincing to my ears. Watch the just released official video for their first single Mayday clicking on the image and expect more news about this much promising act.