16 April 2007.
Italian music is not very popular outside Italy. And the few artists that are popular abroad are not musically ambitious. I don’t know what the problem is, but in general there are not many Italian artists making new, original music. For example, if you go to a random rock concert in Florence, chances are you end up listening to a cheesy cover band.
There is a bit of originality too. I went to see the Tre allegri ragazzi morti (more or less literally Three Cheerful Dead Guys), who are described variously as rock, indie rock and melodic punk rock. The gimmick however is that the frontman is also a cartoonist, and the cartoon identity he’s created for the band includes for instance wearing masks on stage. He also writes the lyrics for the band, and unlike some Italian songwriters he does not limit himself to the topic of amore.
Since I haven’t yet seen the important cities of Tuscany, I have to get started. We went to visit Prato on Sunday. It’s a smaller town famous for its textiles. Compared to Florence, it’s much more relaxed and peaceful: even the gorgeous Duomo felt like a church instead of a tourist attraction. Maybe it gets busier during the week, but the city definitely does not live off tourism.