The genre collapsing noiseniks OvO have announced the title of their new album, Abisso, due for a November 4th release on harbourers of all things Italian and loud, Supernatual Cat. The duo (made up of Bruno Dorella playing a stripped back drumkit and Stefania Pedretti handling vocals and guitars) are entering their 13th year in existence as OvO, and are showing no signs of relenting in their experimental attack on instruments.
With a live repertoire which has seen them play everywhere from Europe to Mexico to Israel and everywhere in between, and with such acts as Nadja, KK Null, Thurston Moore, Jim O’Rourke, Rollerball, Thrones, SubArachnoidSpace, Zenigeva, Lightning Bolt, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Estradasphere, Steve Mc Kay, Trencher, Ludicra, Bill Horist, USA Is a Monster, White Mice, Cock ESP, Bastard Noise, Zu, Larsen, Kill Me Tomorrow, Murder Junkies, Jarboe, A Hawk and a Hacksaw, they have truly rooted themselves in the culture of crafting honed and incredibly loud dynamic noise, veering from belly-ache sludge to simmering and shimmering compositions which ooze rock’n’roll from punk stained pores.
Even if OvO is a difficult band to file, we can still see an evolution from Assassine’s total improv to Cor Cordium’s radical noise rock. Abisso open a new artistic era for this duo, formed by Stefania Pedretti and Bruno Dorella. There’s a new richness in their sound, brought by the use of samples, drum machines, pads, field recordings and synths. Cor Cordium and the previous album CroceVia were a point of no return for their minimal rock challenge, engaged in making as much sound as possible with their very few elements: Bruno’s half drum set, Stefania’s guitar and her incredible voice. The new challenge is to go beyond it, using contemporary music tools to keep on being creative and evolve. For this step OvO had the priceless help of Giulio “Ragno” Favero at the mixing desk, Giovanni Versari’s mastering, and the friendly collaboration of Alan Dubin (ex OLD, Khanate, now in Gnaw) and Carla Bozulich with her full band Evangelista. After 13 years, OvO keep on experimenting, developing, pushing themselves into borderline territories, in a continuous pursuit of the extreme.
Carla Bozulich - “On the night that the stone church exploded there were birds in the rafters and birds in the sky. The darkness became permanent and the stone became ice. Yet the bells, they continued to ring. When the animals melted no one knew what was to come. Impossible sounds came from the open stomachs of stone beasts in the sky. Red light and numbers. Out came the birds. The freedom was that of blood that rushed INTO the veins. NOT bleeding OUT. The blood rushed IN. The giant ice rocks broke into a sort of clock on the ground and the villager’s frozen fingers cracked as they prayed for a house of power and stone and quiet apologies, guilt and salvation. But the stones were a sad ending and there was a new start beginning—— two happy twin children, the blood gently flowing up up in in into their frozen veins. It was OVO and Evangelista. Two heads on a small bird——growing——growing——-eyes of LEDs and red numbers and bells. The numbers clicked 1 and a big bell rang. 2 and a bell. Then 3 and 4… Do not wait for midnight flashing 12. Just turn around and run.”
Alan Dubin - “I’m honored and psyched as hell to have my voice be a part of such a devastating OvO song.”