First of all, can you give us a short introduction of
Lord Dread: Digitalis Purpurea began in October
2003 in Turin (Italy) to create a misanthropic
industrial inspired by daily alienation, self-injuring,
suicide tendencies, cryptic cut-ups and totally hopeless
vision of future.
Why did you choose the name of a (poisonous) plant as
a bandname? And who came up with it?
Lord Dread: Digitalis Purpurea is the botanic
name of the Purple Foxglove, a plant symbol of
temptation, pleasant but at the same time destructive.
Traditionally the foxglove was used as medical plant but
had also an obscure use, an overdose in fact is lethal.
That's why it was called "devil's finger". Particularly
I choose the name referring to a poem by Giovanni
Pascoli "Digitale Purpurea", where he compares Maria,
the blonde innocent to Rachele the brunette with "burning
eyes". This is also the inspiration for the song "Elena
You make music that does not really fit in a certain
genre. How would you describe your music?
Lord Dread: It is like a syringe in vein with a
badly cut dose of heroin.
What are your musical influences?
Lord Dread: I could draw up a list of my
favourite artists but I think that the great part
carries no weight with my creations. Therefore is not my
intention to parade any conceited originality. I think
it’s better say that we are trying to create the music
that we’d like to listen ourselves
You currently have two demos out. How did the people
reply on it?
Lord Dread: The first cd “pi greco-squad" has
been produced in a very limited number of copies and few
persons had the opportunity to listen to it. It has been
recorded in winter 2003 in our studio with a an analogic
8-tracks recorder that gave a rough, rotten and rusty
sound to our songs. Some songs included in the first
release has been re-proposed in 2004 with “19
celebrations in 19 mutilations” recorded at One Voice
Studio that gave to ours stuff a more powerful and clear
sound. Our style is really appreciated in UK and USA
where we will plan a gig as soon as we can.
Talking about people's feedback, almost every Italian
band is complaining about the lack of support in their
native country for local acts. You played on the
Blitzkrieg festival yourself, with none but local
talents, and there was hardly an audience. How do you
look upon the Italian industrial scene?
Lord Dread: The Italian industrial scene has
never attracted my interest that is rather focalized on
foreign productions. But I think that this uneasiness
concern also genres as Metal and similar. Turin
particularly is the perfect habitat for creativeness but
it is irremediably infected by parasites that hinder the
survival of all the artistic existence making that
You just recorded a Rockets cover (which I really
like by the way). Will it be on a tribute cd, and if
yes, can you tell us more about that tribute?
Lord Dread: Thanks for the compliment! This cover
it’s just a tribute to a great 80’s band but we don’t
want to become a cover-band, so this can be considered a
rare thing. Now it’s not included in any cd, we hope
we’ll be able to propose it in a next future in some
official production. However it is entirely downloadable
on our official website www.digitalispurpurea.net
What can we expect of Digitalis Purpurea in the
Lord Dread: A suicide attempt...
Thanks a lot for your time answering my questions. As
usual on this webzine, the final words are for the
Lord Dread: Thanks for the interview, we're all
stars on our snuff suicide...
Interview by: Gerardo (November 2005)