christine plays viola, pratola peligna-teramo, 2008
New Wave/Ambient/Gothic rock/Darkwave
Massimo Ciampani - Voice
Fabrizio Giampietro - Lead Guitar/Sinth/Programming
Desio Presutti Bass - Guitar
Daniele Palombizio - Drums/Sinth
Christine Plays Viola is an Italian Darkwave/Goth rock band formed in Pratola Peligna in 2008. The group is the brainchild of three boys Christian, Fabrizio and Daniele starting to compose and record a few songs by the computer, marked with dark and very hypnotic colors. After a few months, the band is complete with the recruitment of a longtime friend of the three boys: Desio. Since the first production, the band's music is melancholic, kaleidoscopic and evocative; these features allow the quartet to perform at some festivals, with considerable public involvement and above all great feedback from the critics.After appearing in several compilations, in March 2008 the boys decide to record their first self-produced EP "It'll be cold this winter". The album features sounds rather different: living elements classically identified as indie rock with other ones marked of dark / new wave music in emotional, dark and hypnotic mood. The CPV continue their live activities with the intent to promote the EP and trying to make inroads in the vast underground scene: in July 2009 the band wins the X edition of the competition held in POPOLISOUND at Popoli (PE).In their performances next to the 'historical' songs, the band proposes new compositions in which the elements and Ambient Wave is growing rapidly and the songs are more dynamic and direct.Subsequently, the boys devoted themselves to the cinema! In fact the band realized the soundtrack of the short film of Loreto Valente "ICS Theme" out in October 19, 2009.In the summer of 2009 the band records an unexpected setback: the vocalist Cristian due to personal problems, leaves the band. The separation is on friendly terms, and consensual. But the band does not give up! The boys continue to compose music and begin the search for a new singer.After several hearings, Massimo (previously active with the melancholic metal band from Rome Oblivio) becomes the new singer of the band helping to expand the influence of the band with a greater propensity to melancholy and melodic tones.Christine Plays Viola realize in the month of January 2010 the demo "Useless To See Beyond"; a track taken from this EP is included in new short film by director Loreto Valente entitled "The Nine Crosses" out in March 2010.The 8 of April 2010 is a great day for the band: the boys in the prestigious contest 'Italy Wave Love Festival', as regional winners, off a ticket to the national finals scheduled at Livorno from July 21 to 25.thThe band doesn’t stop! On June 12, 2010 they win the 'Orquestra 6 Alternative Contest', by far the best contest of the national independent music. This victory will allow the band's participation in the November 2010 edition of M.E.I. at Faenza .On July 24 the Christine tread the 'Psycho stage' in the prestigious contest 'Italy Wave Love Festival' with a dark and intense performance which arouses great interest among the public and professionals.The band highly motivated, after begins the composition of new songs assembling various ideas collected in the meanwhile, consolidating its dark and atmospheric vein. As a starter for the full-length release in the early days of the new year, the band releases the 'Promo 2010 'containing three new songs in the draft version.This promo and a good stage presence are the business card to attend the M.E.I. (Independent Labels Meeting) in Faenza , November 28, supported by the staff of ‘Orquestra music factory’.In February Christine Plays Viola signs an agreement with the german record label AFMUSIC for the release of first full-length called “Innocent Awareness” coming out the next 13th of May in digital release and the 10th of june in the CD release !!.In March 2011 the band and Loreto Valente realize the first music video called “Witch of Silence”.The hope is to involve as many people as possible, to excite ... the dream is a springborad to the public passing through the consensus of 'experts' in the music business!In June 2011 signs an agreement with the german booking agency called "STATIC MAGAZINE GERMANY " to promote the album.
The album of the band since its release has considerable success in the dark scene: many are the songs inside the album that are played by djs in their playlist and to some of these songs we can listen in European dark clubs. Furthermore the videoclip “Witch Of Silence” is placed inside the famous compilation “Gothic Visions III” alongside the big musicians in the dark/gothic secene!! In support of the album, the band performs in several concerts, especially in surrounding areas and in the month of November goes on a mini tour that touches Switzerland and Germany with an excellent response from the public and professionals. Back from the tour, the Christines release a new song, “Apocryphal Supremacy” that will be used for the compilation of upcoming release and possibly will be part of a new work. In the meanwhile the album “Innocent Awareness” is considered one of the best productions of the year 2011 in the dark/gothic genre by the polls of year-end in radio, websites and magazines; particularly worthy of note is the quote by one of the gurus of the scene Mick Mercer that insert the album between the top 30 of 2011. With the help of the “Static Magazin Germany” booking, the CPV are confirmed at the prestigious dark festival “Emergency Exit Festival” in Dornbirn, Austria in days 7 and 8 April 2012 also with Rhombus, Lotus Feed, Distorted Pictures, The Last Cry, Pretentious Moi?, Vendemmian!!
In june 2012 the band releases a new promo of 4 tracks that it includes the song called “Keep my scorn warm” a great collaboration with the singer Rosetta Garrì from “The Spiritual Bat”.
In September CPV goes on a new tour in Germany and France and in December CPV shared the stage with THE CHAMELEONS/VOX, VENDEMMIAN, THE LAST CRY in Frankfurt.
In January 2013 CPV is band of the year on Static Magazin Germany and the song Keep my scorn warm is the most song played on the show VIRUS G and is consistently in the top ten of the European alternative chart, reaching the first place in December 2012.
In June 2012 the band released a new promo of 4 tracks which includes the song " Keep My Warm Scorn " a great collaboration with vocalist Rosetta Garrì from The Spiritual Bat .
In January 2013, CPV has been band of the year in Static Magazin Germany and the song " Keep My Scorn Warm" is the most played in the contest VIRUS G and is consistently in the top ten of European alternative , in fact reaching the top spot in December 2012 .
The band has achieved a good experience live mainly abroad (Germany, France, Austria, the areas most trodden ) and has shared the stage with bands such as Golden Apes, NFD, She Past Away, Rhombus , Distorted Pictures , Pretentious Moi ? , The Last Cry , Lotus Feed , Vendemmian , Twisted Nerve , ChameleonsVox , Aeon Sable , Grooving in Green , The Stomprash , Red Sun Revival, The Last Cry , Berlin Black and many others.
After realizing the new E.P. " Leocadia ", in december 2013 CPV reaches an agreement with the German label Cold Insanity Music.In March 2014 CPV has released the second full-length called “Vacua” which is a concept album inspired by the series of " Black Paintings " by the great Spanish artist Francisco Goya… Christine Plays Viola also just got a confirmation for the ALT Fest in Boughton / Kettering, 2014, to play next to bands such as MARILYN MANSON, THE CULT, GARY NUMAN, VNV NATION, FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM, KILLING JOKE, COVENANT, ALIEN SEX FIEND, PETER HOOK, PETER MURPHY,CLAN OF XYMOX, BEAUTY OF GEMINA, THE MARCH VIOLETS, SUICIDE COMMANDO,DIARY OF DREAMS, ATTRITION, THE EDEN HOUSE and many more in August...
(da: www.facebook.com/pages/Christine-Plays-Viola/info, 2014)
-Promo 2010, 2010
-Innocent Awareness, 2011
-Promo 2012, 2012