Shock Rocket has been a real rocket rising at the speed of light since 2011. In two years, the Italy based band has done a lot more than many in the same lapse. They have almost 15.000 fans in Facebook, they already launched a video for the song ‘Lay Down On Me’ and the album featuring it, ‘Lift Off’, which had a “really good reception” according to its guitar player.
The catchy riffs and choirs, the hairspray, leather and spandex are so natural for Shock Rocket that I swear when I saw them, I thought they were an 80s LA glam band cause they not only look and sound like one but most important of all, they have the attitude, which, let’s say it, represents something extremely important in 80s rock and roll music. Nevertheless they managed to bring the glitter and glitz of that era to nowadays and unlike many bands within the style, it doesn’t seem forced or fake.
They are from Trieste, a beautiful town in the Italian/Slovenian border and just to describe it to the ones that haven’t heard them, they sound a bit Winger, a bit Tesla, with hints of progressive rock and classic heavy metal. Nevertheless, truth is that Shock Rocket is Shock Rocket and no one is better to explain why than his guitar player, Marty Favento, who answered our questions about girls, social networks, Southamerica and of course, music.
You were touring with bands like Tuff and Crazy Lixx and I read in some interview that you prefer legendary bands like Tuff. Why do you feel closer to older bands even though you live in the ‘neo sleaze era’ headed by bands like Lixx or Hardcore Superstar, Crashdiet , Reckless Love?
Because there is always something to learn from the big experience the old band has! If a band is playing over 25 years it’s pretty obvious that they know all the stuff about music industry/touring etc. I really like Tuff’s music!
What makes Shock Rocket different from any band of the style?
Well, first of all in Shock Rocket we are good musicians, music comes first here! Every individual in the band has been practicing his instrument for years before joining the band. I see most of new glam/sleaze bands lacking musically and they all basically sound very similar to each other. We like that attitude driven riffed up hard rock kinda Van Halen-ish and Ratt-ish style but with our own sound! We are band who has different influences, for example we don’t have a common favorite band. And we go into details of every song we do to make it even more interesting. I see most of the new sleaze bands just have super cool hair and spandex and that’s all. We have all that but we let the music do the talking.
About your look, I think you have kind of a ‘signature look’ (which is great cause most of musicians just copy the look from their ‘idols’). So what is your inspiration and how do you keep fresh the 80s glam rock image?
Absolutely! We are inspired by 80’s hair metal style, but we are new personalities and the only thing that will make us unique is our own image. I see myself as Marty Favento, not as Tommy Lee or something, so I do the stuff my own way, not trying to emulate anybody! Everybody in the band is also little different from each other, we don’t have the same haircut, we don’t wear the same shoes, we all have something personal to show in our image. I’ve lately get very much recognized by my 8542 Jackson guitar for example and that’s how do it!
I read in an interview that most of your fans are girls. Why do you think the 80s rockstar image is still so appealing to girls?
Well I gotta say: Girls know how to rock’n’roll! And they always support the band! Of course guys too, but in our case we have most fans who are girls. Pretty awesome!
What are the biggest obstacles for a newcoming band nowadays? Do you think is easier with Facebook and Twitter or does it make it just more competitive?
Well I guess that nowadays you have to do way more than just a demo cassette to get signed. If you don’t have a “name” already you will get paid less and stuff like that. It’s hard to break trough but you have to in order you want to succeed! It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock’n’roll- damn right!
In Chile we have tons of tribute bands and a very few glam bands that are trying to get their way in between but is really difficult because there is no place for them. How important is for you to create a ‘scene’ of music (glam, heavy, thrash, whatever music it is!) and what is the key to build this scene?
I can say that with Shock Rocket we are doing our own ‘glam metal’ not trying to be Crashdiet, Reckless Love etc. We do our own sound and stuff which is making us unique. I think if you got something to say with your own music, you gotta insist because if it’s true and strong, it will hook on people! That’s how it goes. To be honest I’m sick and tired of tribute/cover bands! I support bands which can create music! Everybody can learn AC/DC riffs!
What do you know about Chile (no cheating here!)?
I’m not cheating hah…Well ok, it’s a country in South America, very long by the coast if I remember right. Santiago must be capital right? You guys speak Spanish there? That’s all I know, my geography knowledge is average! Haha
A difficult one: Pick one album that changed your life and explain why
It was “Images and Words” from Dream Theater. You should listen to this! it’s amazing! All the songs on this album put me through a bad period of time and made me stronger, over the top musicians and everything is in the right place! That’s basically my favorite all time album!
Any words for fans in Southamerica?
Yes : Mucho gracias for your support and amazing reception you are giving us! We appreciate it from the bottom of our heart! Hope to see you soon there! When we will come to play in South America we can guarantee you great rocking time! See ya!