Italian noise-rock duo OvO has been at the center of the worldwide post-rock, industrial-sludge, and avant-doom scenes for nearly two decades. Their “always-on-tour” mentality, coupled with a DIY ethic, fearless vision, and pulverizing live shows have made them impossible to categorize, but always there, appearing in your hometown, like a ghostly omnipresence. Based in Ravenna, OvO was formed in 2000 by Stefania Pedretti and Bruno Dorella, and to date have released nine full-lengths, and a slew of splits and live recordings. The band has performed at festivals on nearly every continent, and have toured extensively. On the dawn of the project’s 20th anniversary, OvO is pleased to announce a new worldwide album deal with Toronto-based Artoffact Records, who will release the 9th OvO album, "Miasma", in early 2020. A full tour will follow in Europe.

New OvO album, Miasma, will be released worldwide by Artoffact Records on February 7th 2020, in the year of their 20th anniversary, with a new European tour

A contagious Miasma coming from the most remote swamps is surrounding cities and villages. It can be an alien disease, like in a sci-fi movie, or it can be some deeper fear caused by whoever wants to control us, like in real life. Freaks, queers and outsiders will be the first ones to realize and fight it. But still: expect mutations. OvO, on their 9th album, are trying to represent how close science fiction and reality are nowadays, and how close to us the Miasma really is. They made a step back into their punk/hardcore roots, kept their typical organic and noisy electronics as well as the contamination between tribalism and futurism, and added a significative amount of chaos, in the alchemic representation of the three phases of miasma (Psora, Lue and Sicosi, according to Hahnemann’s essay in 1828). And they achieved one of their sickest albums.

As the two previous ones (Abisso and Creatura) it all started with some loops and patterns that drummer Bruno Dorella (Ronin, Bachi da Pietra, Tiresia, GDG Modern Trio, Sigillum S and so on) proposed to singer and guitar player Stefania Pedretti (?Alos). He used his very minimal drum set (a floor tom, a snare, a hi hat and a ride) and some samples that were created for the purpose by himself and some friends and masters such as Eraldo Bernocchi (Sigillum S, Blackwoods, Black Engine, Obake and many more), a034, Ripit, Paolo Bandera (Sigillum S, Sshe Retina Stimulants), and Matteo Vallicelli (Soft Moon). Stefania picked the ones she liked, changed some of the structures to adapt them, and then played and singed on them. We left some space for some friends that we wanted to contribute to the album, and so we have the great norwegian band Årabrot on L’Eremita, the trapper Gnučči  on Testing My Poise, and Gabriele Lepera (of the italian synthpunk saboteurs Holiday Inn) on Burn De Haus. Miasma was recorded by Ivano Giovedì and Franco Beat at secret locations across rural Italy. The album was mixed by Giulio “Ragno” Favero and mastered by Andrea De Bernardi.

Queer Fight is the first single from the new album, with a stunning video directed by Lele Marcojanni. OvO offer this statement about the song: “Queer Fight is our personal ode to positive rage. It is the metaphor of everyday life: people fighting rules which don’t give space for diversity, a challenge against the inflexibility of the society. It wants to be a motto for a united fight for everybody’s freedom“. The second one is You Living Lie, best described as an apocalyptic dance track, that showcases the different extremes that make up OvO’s wildly unique sound: heavy sludge-doom rubs up against a funky, minimal, electro beat, while Pedretti terrorizes with maniacal vocals, spewed out in her native Italian. 

The new Burn De Haus video, fully DIY and filmed by a musicians’ collective including Nàresh Ran and R.Y.F., is set in the countryside of Romagna and it is inspired by the best 80’s B-Movies, based on glimpses and restless spirits evocatory rituals.

The artwork of the miasma virus has been drawned by London-based tattoo artist Michele Servadio.

After releasing records under their own label Bar La Muerte (RIP), on the Providence cult label Load (RIP), on Ufomammut’s Supernatural Cat and with their brother in crime Naresh Ran on his Dio Drone, OvO realised that it was time to switch to something more structured, something to face the new music biz without losing their DIY attitude. They finally stepped into Artoffact Records, which seemed perfect in its balance between heavy music and synthpunk.

OvO are known for their long tours and intense live activity, with more than 1000 shows. In 2020 they will celebrate their 20th anniversary, and they will definitely bring Miasma on another endless tour, starting from February 2020.

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