Earlier this year, the legendary Italian band Tre Allegri Ragazzi Morti (Three Happy Dead Boys) released a special kind of best-of record. And you already know it from the album’s title: “Quando eravamo swing” means “When We Were Swing.”
The Pordenone-based trio was founded in 1994, but its members were already well-experienced musicians at that time. For example, the guitarist Davide Toffolo was a veteran of the local punk rock scene.
Joined by the drummer Luca Masseroni and the bass player Enrico Molteni, they have been gradually gaining attention of both local and international audience, though always hiding their faces behind skull maks.
Apparently to sum up over two decades of the band’s existence, they decided to re-record their greatest hits in the swinging fashion together with L’Abbey Town Jazz Orchestra, and the result is truly unique not only for the Italian scene.
One of the songs particularly standing out on the record is “Occhi bassi serenade” (“Eyes Down Serenade”), which features the marvelous singer Maria Antonietta, whom you might already know from our Best of 2014.
Already a great composition, with Maria’s voice it makes one of the best songs you might hear this year. And if you have a chance, be sure to catch them together on one scene.