"...the theme of the Occult thus becomes a sort of 'provocation', and all of this is very Rock 'n' Roll": An Exclusive Interview With 1782
Since their recent release of their singe “She Was A Witch” new Doom Metal label Electric Valley Records recording artists 1782 have received a lot of attention and acclaim for not only a very Doom-centric track, but their social media campaign with their vintage style of dark art. Our own Brian Hopson sat down with 1782 to discuss where they came from, where they are going, and the impact of the Occult in music.
MHW: Thanks for taking time to talk with MHW! For those that don’t know about 1782, tell everyone a little about yourselves.
1782: Hello Brian, Gabriele (Fancellu) and I (Marco Nieddu) are part of a Stoner Rock band (Raikinas), we wanted to create a new band because we share a passion for doom, it was an idea that we had in mind for a long time.
Another thing that unites us is the theme that concerns witches and all the charm that is around, in fact, we chose the name "1782" for this reason, here in Europe the last trial for witchcraft was done in that year..
MHW: You have caught a lot of attention in the doom/stoner scene with your track “She Was A Witch”. What has the response been like for the band personally?
It is a great satisfaction, and thanks to the criticism we are receiving, we are working to improve and make sure that the album comes out at its best.
MHW: Looking at your social media campaign, your visual artwork is very on point to the feel of the music. Who does your artwork?
1782: I (Marco) do the artwork, but I'm not a professional, I enjoy creating artwork for the bands of my label and the label itself (Electric Valley Records), I limit myself to make some stickers or t-shirts, I'm not able to make an artwork of an album.
MHW: The Occult is something that has always been a part of the metal scene going back to the days of Sabbath, The Rolling Stones, and even the Beatles. What does the incorporation of the Occult into music mean to you?
1782: In my opinion the Occult is one of the most fascinating and intriguing things that exist, I do not find anything bad if a band brings it back to music, there are much worse themes that are used by certain bands.
The sad thing is that some people can not accept the occult in music (of course everyone is free to think as he wants), they jump immediately to the worst conclusions, without thinking a moment, it seems that it is the worst evil in the world, but to to be honest, I like it a bit, the theme of the Occult thus becomes a sort of "provocation", and all of this is very Rock 'n' Roll.
MHW: Now that the single is out and you are already signed with Electric Valley Records, what are your future plans? How far are you willing to take 1782?
1782: About the future, we have a lot of things in mind, in a few days we enter the studio to record the album.
As for the release, I'm superstitious so no comment (laughs).
MHW: You are given free access to book a Doom/Stoner Witchfest Music Festival. You can hire any 3 headlining acts, alive or dead. Who would your choices be?
1782: There are too many cool bands so I'll just say one.
MHW: Thank you again for taking to time to speak with us! We will definitely keep an eye on you. Good luck on your future adventures! Anything else you would like to share?
1782: Stay tuned, there will soon be some killer news!
Thank you so much, Brian!