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by Spylacopa

  • T-Shirt/Apparel + Digital Album

    Full Sleeve Black Shirt designed by Andrea Horne. Includes download to track Son.

    In the dim remaining hours of 2020, Spylacopa lights a torch from the enduring flame of mid-90s obscurity, carrying it forth into the Aqualamb Covid Cover Series with a dualistic flicker of nostalgia and transmutation.

    John LaMacchia (Candiria, guitar) is the backbone and father of Spylacopa, a band that allows the creative breadth of his multi-instrumental sorcery to envelope an aural landscape dotted with minor key laments, synthed-out choral voyages, riffs as precise as Japanese cutlery, and an all-star cameo cast of musicians (previous collaborators include Dillinger Escape Plan’s Greg Puciato, Isis’ Jeff Caxide and solo artist Sabrina Ellie.)

    Spylacopa brightens our 2020 with its harmonic cover of “Son,” a stand-out track on a 1994’s underknown, self-titled and only album by the band Deconstruction, which comprised of guitarist Dave Navarro and bassist Eric Avery of Jane’s Addiction and drummer Michael Murphy. Those years of searching sobriety for so many in the music scene yielded this impressive, melancholic ode to the harrows of opioid fixation.

    Spylacopa takes “Son” and breathes into it a new heft, anchored in deep, hard-earned wisdom from the dystopian future. The production (mixed and mastered by Mario Quintero of Spotlights) sears in its sharpness; drops of alchemized age melding with blades formed by fires of disenchantment yet pregnant with the creativity of the technological era we are blessed to live in, but likely never would have chosen over what we had known. If we had only known.

    “I started working on this cover many years ago,” LaMacchia says. “I believe it was 2012. I never had the time since then or the inspiration to finish it until this year. Thanks to Covid. Speaking solely to the situation at hand, I am creating most of my music alone which is vastly different than when I first heard ‘Son.’ At the time the song came out, I was writing in more of a live setting with other band members. Now I feel like I am writing the best music I have ever written and it is because I made a conscious decision to maintain complete control of every aspect of the creative process.”

    LaMacchia and bassist Michael MacIvor (Candiria) fearlessly tread in this liminal space; they grew up on this music, they grew up on this time, the same problems still exist, yet we have a way to access the past without searching through the charred remains of the path toward the future we wanted and will never know. The irony of it all is that Spylacopa exists because of the pending dread we’ve lived. And because of that, “Son” is given a new life, proudly fierce in ways that it couldn’t have been in the relative calm of the post-grunge bubble. In this version, we sense it has been initiated. Not unlike ourselves.

    Experience Spylacopa’s metamorphosed cover of “Son” on Aqualamb Records’ Band Camp Fridays, this December 4th. With the purchase of a full-sleeve, black Spylacopa shirt featuring a brand-new design by artist Andrea Horne, you’ll get the cover track as well. All proceeds will go directly to support the artists in this strangest of times. And while you’re at it, don’t miss the silver-gelatin styled video, beautifully filmed like a portrait in motion, and edited by LaMacchia himself.

    “Initially my thought was to create something in black and white and then somehow add color to it,” LaMacchia says. “I just decided that that was what the process was going to be and I started filming. Chiaroscuro is the use of strong contrast between light and dark and it was another idea that fueled the direction of the video. I shot the whole thing in my living room using only the light from a very powerful flashlight. Even the strobing color effects were all from this cheap but very powerful flashlight I bought for 30 bucks.”

    2020 has been a year of forced adaptation and a lot of loss. For some, like LaMacchia, it has provided the perfect canvas they didn’t even know they needed. Afterall, magic loves a void.

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SON 04:53


released December 3, 2020


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