On a warm Sunday afternoon, as the first sun of the season cut through a week of desponding rainfall, I had a sit-down with musician Andrea Pirro, frontman and driving force behind City Final. The now Florence-based band, having shed many skins and dwellings over its decade-long existence, recently dropped its latest LP “Anecdotes” on April 27.
"The band was first founded in Rome in 2005 and it was called Passione Nera, a tribute to one of my favorite tracks by Turin-based hardcore outfit Nerorgasmo." Although born in the folds of the Italian squat scene, where teenagers were free to experiment and embrace the politically charged undertones of punk rock, the band pursued more intimate, cinematic atmospheres. What came out was a luminous breed of Britalian pop, where guitar-driven melodies plushly land within the soft contours of Pirro’s songwriting and enigmatic vocals.