|Can you tell me how One Truth once began?
One Truth began in March or February 1997 and it was an idea of us and two friends that
are not in the band anymore. It was more, at first, an old school/straighedge band or
something like that. We started playing live in this situation with four people in the
band in the Italian straightedge/hardcore scene. Then we didn't release anything. Because
there were a lot of line-up changes. And then we introduced some new members. So, that's
it. We just met one day and said: "Hey, we want to do a band. Let's do an oldschool
band." We were really new in the hardcore scene. Just one guy was into the scene,
knowing people. So we just joined the staff and learned how to be in it.
When I first heard that an Italian hardcore band was going to
play the Brainwave Festival I was quite surprised. I'm not really familiar with Christian
hardcore in Italy. Or not even Christian hard music in Italy. So, how is the scene there?
Marco: You mean the Christian scene in general? There are a lot of Christian people
playing in bands. Different kinds of music from gospel to other things. But there is no
real scene. I mean, Italy is a really Christian country. It's the tradition. We have the
Vatican. We are maybe the first country to be Christian. We have (the apostle) Peter and
some things like that. It's normal to be Christian so there is not a culture of spreading
Christ through music. The church is there but they don't feel the need to spread Christ in
the underground scene. So, there is gospel. There's active Celtic and Gaelic music. But I
wouldn't like talking about a scene. It's just choirs. The first time there was a
Christian festival in Italy was two months ago. There were a lot of American artists plus
Italian artists. It was all pop music or popular music. The Christian aggro-scene itself
is even worse then that. There aren't bands. There are a lot of members who are Christians
in straightedge bands, vegan-straightedge bands. But they are not supporting the stuff.
It's not a point for the bands.
As you are a Christian band, where do you stand? There is a lot
of Roman-Catholicism in Italy. Maybe some Protestantism. How do you see your Christian
Marco: Italy is a Catholic country. So, I think everyone rises up in his own
environment and tradition. We were born in a Catholic country. So, we are Christians in a
Catholic way. I don't even know how it is to be a Christian in a Protestant way. I know
the main differences. I go to a Church on Monday and I do this stuff but I don't know what
Protestants do. You know what I mean? I feel the band is spreading my experience of the
relation with God. It's something I didn't learn in the church. When I was a kid I was
sent to the church because young people play in the church. But I haven't learned anything
there. I was in the church, I was going to the church on Monday, I was playing with the
other guys in the church. But it didn't give me anything at all. The others (in the band)
have different experiences. He (pointing to Alessio) is really involved in the church of
his town. He was in a Christian school so he learned Christianity in the school. I have
walked a different path. So, we all have different experiences. But we don't know much
about a Protestant environment, you know. So, I just want to say I'm a Christian. I don't
think it's very different, being Catholic or Protestant. For my experiences I think there
must be a God. Someone yo can relate to, to learn to be a good Christian. Because by
myself I'm just a jerk. I would do anything wrong and I still do things wrong when I want
to do things by myself. For my experiences I have learned to have faith in people that
teach me and help to learn me to be Christian. I think that's the main idea of everyone
(in the band).
You said you grew up in a Catholic environment. But at the same
time you see kind of an development in your own life. Are there two directions? On one
hand you have tradition, on the other hand you have personal faith. So, how is that worked
out in your own life?
Marco: Well, I believe this: I don't think there are two directions. For example I
think we all here are into one thing, like hardcore or writting poetry. For God you must
pursue your own stuff and you do it by yourself. In Italy I'm a bit critical about the
tradition of the church just because I think there are a lot of barrieres and differences
between the young people and the churches. It doesn't happen always. I mean, he (pointing
to Giorgio) is involved in his church. The church is something very basical for his town.
Lots of people go there. There are jazzconcerts, gospelconcerts and there are a lot of
people. I didn't have these experiences in my town. I'm really into the hardcore scene and
I see that no one preaches Christ in the squads or in the underground movement. There are
maybe Christian shops but the hardest thing they have is maybe gospel and this (music we
make) is too alternative for them. So, it's a different thing here than in the United
States. I don't think my personal experience is really different from the church
tradition. I mean, the church to me is to pursue friendship and your relationship with
other Christians. Because we just have the Catholic church there. And by yourself you must
do your stuff but not going there by your own. You're just loosing to me. I mean,
Christianity to me is about a community. As a band, I wouldn't do anything by myself.
Maybe I do the contacts but we are playing together and we have five people here.
What do you think of the pope?
Marco: Wow, it's a hard question... if you mean the Pope as a person, I think he's a
great man and he really had a big part in the revolutionary events of the last twenty
years. I mean, his strength and dedication to the Lord is great. I read some of the books
he wrote and I do believe he is a great man. Then, I'm not the one who can talk about
teological stuff. I think he's doin' some great things trying to unite all the Christians
under the same sign and recognition of the mistery entered in history. Then, if you mean
the Pope as an institution, I don't believe it's simply a man. I do think it's a group of
people and mind
working, and it can be a long disscussion as I think the church has got a lot of steps to
do and a lot of things to change in its politics. I mean, I don't like a lot of the
traditions and consuetudes which haven't changed or evolved in these past years... I kind
of think they should pursue a stronger politic of austerity and shouldn't mix there
actions with some multinationals which are responsable of most of the pains the church
fights against with the missions and other
ministries. I hope it makes sense to you. In the end I'd like to say that the church is
done by men who fall and make mistakes, but I don't think the Pope and other masters of
the church are there with the intent of making mistakes... They have the desire and
purpose of serving our God. Then, unluckly the reality isn't always as good as the
Okay. Something about the music now. You call yourselves a Milano
Hardcore band. Do you see any differences between this and hardcore from other countries
or even other places in Italy? How do you define Milano hardcore?
Marco: You know, Italy is a lot about Soccer and stadiums and supporters. There are a
lot of teams and most of the people of Milan support the Milan team. The people from Rome
support the Rome team. It's more like: "We're from Milan". The main reason was
that in Milan the scene was very bad in the past three years. Now it's going up again.
We're a band from Milan and we wanted to say "we're a band from Milan. There's still
hardcore here". Five or six years ago it was great. Some bands from Milan were known
in the United States. In the jazz the bands from Milan were really known in the United
States. So, it was a great scene. Then they split up. Some things really changed. There
was no one involved, but now it's going up again. So we said: "We are from
Milan." The hardcore style....Like in the United States you have the Boston Style ,
the San Diego style. In Italy there are a few bands so there's no differences. Maybe
there's more metalcore in Rome and in Milan they are faster.
The band once started in the straightedge scene you said. That's
not where your heart is now. One of your songs I saw on the website is This Is Not
Straightedge. How did you come up with that song?
Marco: As I said at first, we were just like a straightedge band. I was Christian
but I didn't have the feeling of telling it through the band. So we were a straightedge
band but I don't think we've ever been a typical straightedge band like "wow, I'm a
straighedger, straighedge is great, straightedge is my life". We always had the
feeling of straightedge like a personal choice. You choose not to take certain substances,
and sexual stuff in the determinate meaning. But This Is Not Straightedge is a song....You
know, we were in the scene and a lot of things were disgusting that we said, "this is
not straightedge. If this is straightedge, I'm not straightedge." To me this is not
straightedge, like vegan stuff, tough guys, people dancing and beating people up who
drink. I don't think this is straightedge. It's a positive choice. It you're straightedge
it's for you. Then there are a lot of people thinking that being straightedge is something
really social and (they're) giving you points. You are a big person if you are
straightedge. I don't think that. If you are straightedge and just do it by yourself and
don't help people and you're not involved in social stuff, then it's useless. The band
can't be named straightedge now because some members are not straightedge. They don't get
drunk or smoke but they don't feel like saying "I'm straightedge". That's for me
the same. If you're a Christian you don' loose yourself in smoking and drugs, alcohol. I
think there are better things to do.
Pierluigi: When you start listening to this kind of music you think: "It's great.
It's a good show. It's taking a stand and they are very important to me. So, I feel very
close to these people". But the concept of unity is just very easy and it's so easy
to stay together because of these laws. Because they are just laws. So you take your
stand, you've made your choice but you've got to go on. You've go to follow your path. You
keep saying "I'm straightedge, I don't drink, I'm straightedge, I don't take
drugs". Everybody takes drugs and sex so bad. That's for a child, I mean. The scene
was so superficial. It was so divided between different styles. Milan against Rome, vegan
against non-vegan persons. That was just stupid to me...That's why the song is
called This Is Not Straightedge. I am straightedge but that's for me. It's not a thing I
wanna stress everyday. It's just a choice I've made that I don't care if people know or
not about my choice.
Marco: The other song called No Self Pride is about this either. It's about there's
fake perfectionism. Youth-crew stuff. "We're a crew, we are united friends,
brothers." But then if you go deep inside, it's nothing. It's friends like people
hanging out together. It's not a big friendship to me. And the problem is that a lot of
people just need to be in a crew to not pursue a real friendship. So, the No Self Pride
song is about that.
Then, how do you define friendship in your own opinion?
Marco: How do you define friendship....Wow, that's a big question! It don't
know....Friendship is a relationship that helps you growing up. I really think this is the
right definition. If a friendship doesn't help you... When it's just hanging out or going
together to the stadium it can be fun or cool. You need something else. For me it's really
difficult to have a good friendship. For example, we are a band, we are friends. But we
don't pursue our friendships very much. Everybody has their stuff to do. I have some
personal things and I talk with him and I don't have time to talk with someone else the
I......I have great friends. The meaning of all this is that you're all together for
someone else. I mean, there is a song called Mirror Cause and it says there are people
from far away in the world and they meet each other and it comes to friendship. Then you
don't meet so often but you're still friends because there's a familiarity. There is a
meaning and this meaning is Jesus Christ. Because this is a community. You don't have to
know everything about me. You just need to know what I feel and what I need. If you know
what I mean, you can help me. Friendship is hard but needed stuff. Everything in this
world that's important and makes me happy is to share and have friendship with people.