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1. Side C are a young band from Verona who released their debut EP in 2009. The 5-piece offers a somewhat eclectic hybrid of various genre/band influences both within and outside of the RPI movement. Conversing with the band they view themselves through the prism of a modern band accepting of all influence but you can clearly hear their love for the Italian scene coming through. Side C is a promising band, both dramatic, and melodic, who will surely please fans of RPI, symphonic, and crossover genres. For those who wish to buy a CD version of their music, you can contact the band at mikzan@hotmail.it and ask for details.
-Jim Russell/Finnforest

2. Side C (L'Altro Lato) officially founded in summer 2008 when four members of the group, together since 2006 under the simple name of "Side C" and aware of the maturity and the harmony reached, decided to turn the page to find sounds and compositions more cured and engaged. Ideas took shape as the old songs were gradually abandoned. The new pieces are marked by diverse approaches, mainly stylistic, with contaminations ranging from blues to funky-jazz and hard rock, always within the boundaries of progressive rock. Meanwhile Paola enters on bass and keyboards to supplement and enrich the training. The lyrics, almost entirely in Italian, embrace most diverse topics, always trying not to be trivial and repetitive. The fruits of these latest and important experiences are collected in "Stati D'Alienazione", a self-produced EP published in Late November 2009, made of 4 tracks, bearing witness to a period of great change.

Their 2nd EP "Andare Via..." was released in 2011. This EP features four live tracks and a new line-up consisting of Laura Bressan/voice, Michele Zanotti/guitar, Thomas Pessina/keyboards/piano/voice, Alessandro Danzi/bass guitar, and Andrea Sbrogiò/drums.
-Band Bio, revised 2011 by Finnforest

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3.05 | 3 ratings
Andare Via...
2011

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Stati d' Alienazione
2009

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 Andare Via... by SIDE C album cover Live, 2011
3.05 | 3 ratings

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Andare Via...
Side C Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by memowakeman
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3 stars A nice live EP!

In 2010 I was introduced to Side C, a young Italian band which had released a nice EP that could (can) be listened via myspace. A year later, in 2011 they released one EP more, but this time live, including four cool songs (new songs, by the way) that also show a new face of the band, because here they have a couple of new members. This EP is entitled "Andare Via?" and gives almost half an hour of good music.

The first track is "Semplice Gioco". This is a nice seven-minute track with a clear prog sound, but without a truly complex or challenging structure; the music is charming, gentle and soft, it is like light progressive rock, with the particularity of having a female vocal, and of course, the Italian language. There are nice keyboards and constant drums, an in the end we can listen to a nice guitar riff. "Tempo di convenzione" surpasses the eight-minute mark. It has a delicate start, piano and soft vocals, the intensity is increasing little by little, new elements are added while the seconds pass. At minute three there is a change, an instrumental passage is being built up and then the music explodes and perfectly flows, with cool keyboards and guitars, being always well accompanied by bass and drums, all together create a nice mixture of symphonic rock and jazz. A couple of minutes later it slows down, continues like this for a minute and a new change is implemented later. This is the best track of this live EP, a song that clearly shows the compositional talent of Side C.

"Ultimo Viaggio" has a weird start, the first minute is full of dark noises that have nothing to do with what the previous tracks had offered. Later piano and male vocals enter and begin to tell the story, the sound prevails for a minute until the band surprises us with a heavy explosion that lasts for some 10 seconds; then a new structure is being built little by little, with repetitive piano notes, then drums, then guitars and some background atmospheres. Later a new explosion appears, and after one minute more this strange, RIO-oriented song, ends. And the album finishes with "Non Sai Piu Piangere", another eight-minute track which starts with classical piano in the first minute, but later it vanishes and opens the gates to the keyboards, drums and strings that together create a true symphonic sound. The song flows, intercalating cool instrumental moments with some when the female voice enters and adds its charm. Very nice last song!

I am actually hoping to see a Side C's full-length album; after my experience with their two EPs, I can say I like what I listen, that's why I would love to listen to a complete album, maybe with a concept, maybe with an epic track, who knows, but something that shows the pinnacle of the band. For now, I can invite people to go to the band's myspace site and listen to both EPs', I bet you will have a good time. My final grade will be three stars.

Enjoy it!

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 Andare Via... by SIDE C album cover Live, 2011
3.05 | 3 ratings

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Side C Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Finnforest
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3 stars Side C performs live!

Side C is a band from Verona whose story began around 2006. After their debut EP was released in 2009 some line-up changes saw new drummer Andrea Sbrogiò and new bassist Alessandro Danzi join the existing trio of vocalist Laura Bressan, guitarist Michele Zanotti, and keyboardist Thomas Pessina. They return in 2011 with a new live EP entitled "Andare Via..." which finds an invigorated band with new material (not the songs from their debut EP.)

"Semplice Gioco" is the most lighthearted, slightly crossover number with Bressan cooing to Zanotti's almost Clapton-like rhythm chug. Zanotti and Pessina have some nice solos here and the interplay of the leads with Danzi and Sbrogio is also very natural and rocking. Laura Bressan is one of the few female vocalists I'm aware of on the current RPI scene and she is not one to play it timid. Right out of the gate she is bold and aggressive in the tradition of many RPI singers past. But it is the second track "Tempo di Convenzione" where things get more serious and you can hear the growth in Side C. A nicely unfolding prog rock track features powerful Bressan vocals (love those little gravely snarls she drops here and there, reminds me of Benatar!) over Pessina on the piano here. I like the infusion of piano providing that pastoral loveliness. In the middle section the new guys really raise the jamming level up, some cool sparring that really rocks. Then it turns softer with mellotron (or similar) atmospherics and nice clean electric chord progressions. This track is dreamy and uplifting, very nice. The third track proves the band has the potential to make a great full length at some point as we get another flavor completely. After the more pop-rock first track and the rocking prog second track, "Ultimo Viaggio" provides a bit of avant inspired mischief I love to hear. Beginning with weird sound effects like some carnival madhouse, Pessina sings with a fragile vocal and piano segment before things get nuts. Two all out cacophonies of loud abandon bookend a somewhat haunting section of gentle piano and guitar notes, to very light percussion. The set ends with "Non Sai Più Piangere" combining moments of lovely piano balladry, fantastic synthesizer flourishes, and more wonderful vocals.

It is not easy for prog bands find gigs in Italy I'm told and I hope Side C is able to continue for a long time, and eventually records a full length studio album. This live EP certainly proves they deserve the shot. The new musicians were solid choices and the new material is inspiring. Very enjoyable, bravo Side C! (Look for the new live tracks on their myspace page or write the band if you'd like a CD)

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 Stati d' Alienazione by SIDE C album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2009
3.03 | 4 ratings

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Side C Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by memowakeman
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3 stars Nice debut EP from this Italian band!

This is one of those new and promising bands that appear from different parts of the world, letting us know that prog rock is more than alive. One more time, I discovered a band thanks to other people's reviews, this time was Finn's one that caught my attention a couple of months ago, so I decided to visit Side C's myspace and listen to their debut EP released in 2009.

Its name is "Stati D'Alienazione", features only four songs and a total time of 28 minutes. The first track is "Radio Alienazione/Imperfezione", which stars with an odd introduction, like if they had a radio and were turning the station every two seconds, seems that the music that sounds there has something to do with the band's influences, I don't know. Later just before the first minute ends, the vocals and the real song start. There is a symphonic sound here for sure, but with some other elements like a Spanish like guitar that make you think this is not a pure symphonic prog band, anyway they would fit in the RPI genre without a doubt. The vocals are from a female, so the sound may be gentler.

"L'Altro Lato" opens with nice acoustic guitar but a minute later it suddenly changes to a keyboard driven symphonic sound, it is too good, and later the song slows down, vocals enter with that soft guitar sound, there are also some backing vocals. But the good thing is when the song changes again and that keyboard appears, it makes a very nice sound. There is also a heavier part where the guitar sounds nice; and later there is even a kind of jazzy mood.

"Slowly Dies" is the longest composition and probably the best. The introduction is great with addictive keyboards and nice guitars. More than two great minutes of pure instrumental music with some nice changes that let us appreciate the band's talent, later the vocals appear but the sound is still great, this is the first song with English vocals, the previous ones were in Italian. After minute three there is like an interlude or a short stop, then drums and vocals appear together again.

"Nuova Speranza" is another great song. It starts with some raw bass notes while drums and keyboards are being played. Later vocals (even male as background) appear, at the same time a delicate piano sounds, but later a heavier side of the symphonic prog prevails. The gentle sound of the beginning returns at minute two. But later, an enjoyable instrumental passage takes over the song, there is also a jazzy feeling which later changes again. This is a very nice song actually.

Congrats to this young band, they have an excellent future, if the work hard they may create some masterpieces. Now, if you have the time go to Side C myspace and listen to this free EP, you will have a good time. My final grade is 3 stars.

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 Stati d' Alienazione by SIDE C album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2009
3.03 | 4 ratings

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Side C Rock Progressivo Italiano

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars SIDE C are a young Italian band who offer up a variety of styles in a very progressive manor. The female vocals are often passionate and aggressive while the music itself shifts gears often. This is their debut EP of four songs at over 28 minutes.

"Radio Alienaione / Impertezione" opens with someone changing channels on a radio before the music kicks in before a minute. Vocals too. Some nice organ here before piano then heaviness takes over. Back to that earlier organ led sound after 3 1/2 minutes. Those passionate vocals with that heavier sound comes in late. "L'altro Lato" opens with acoustic guitar as light drums and organ join in. Synths and a fuller sound follows. It settles a minute in with vocals. Some backing vocals on this song too. It's heavier before 3 minutes. It turns jazzy before 4 minutes. Synths are back with vocals 4 1/2 minutes in. It's heavy then jazzy to end it.

"Slowly Dies" opens with keyboards before a full sound kicks in quickly. Nice guitar. Vocals after 2 minutes and the organ sounds good. It settles before 3 1/2 minutes as vocal melodies and acoustic guitar follow. It gets heavier again and we get some excellent guitar before 5 minutes. Passionate vocals before 7 minutes. "Nuova Speranza" opens with some deep bass lines as drums then keyboards join in. Piano is followed by female vocals and some male vocals too. It settles 2 minutes in with piano and vocals. It's kind of jazzy after 3 minutes. Vocals are back before 5 minutes and some nice laid back guitar follows. It's building before settling again 7 minutes in. This is an uplifting ending.

A promising start for this band and they're well worth checking out on MySpace.

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 Stati d' Alienazione by SIDE C album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2009
3.03 | 4 ratings

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Review by Finnforest
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3 stars Fine rookie hybrid band, full of spirit and promise

Side C are a young band from Verona who have released their debut EP in 2009. The 5-piece offers a somewhat eclectic hybrid of various genre/band influences both within and outside of the RPI movement. Conversing with the band they view themselves through the prism of a modern band accepting of all influence but you can clearly hear their love for the Italian scene coming through. Their future direction will no doubt become clearer as they continue to work on new material, but for now we have a band that is both promising, dramatic, and melodic, surely pleasing to fans of RPI, symphonic, and crossover genres. Their maiden EP reminds me a little bit of the Coral Caves EP from a few years back, less Floydian than that, but a similar mix of the old and new schools of prog rock.

What struck me straight off as I enjoyed their CD was the feistiness in songwriting and playing, and the power of the vocals. The four 6-8 minute tracks on the EP "Stati d' Alienazione" introduce us to one of the few female vocalists who come to mind when thinking of RPI bands these days. Laura Bressan sings with great power and passion in the tradition of RPI and thankfully she chooses Italian over English here on three of the four track (stick with the Italian lyrics Laura, we love it!) Michele Zanotti is a talented guitarist propelling many sections with distorted power chords but always ready to throw the change-ups at you. Keyboardist Thomas Pessina employs synth, organ, and my favorite piano throughout, capable of both thoughtful solo runs and lovely atmospherics. Rhythm section features Paola Cantachin on bass and Giulio Stevanoni on the kit, together forming a solid and energetic frame for the band. The tracks are for the most part simply wonderful. Side C pulls together listener-friendly progressive rock as played by many modern bands these days, using melodic music and catchy hooks to pull the listener in, but thankfully they move beyond that as well. There are lots of side excursions where the guitar or keys will break off into these cool little sections of funky or jazzy rock, or classically tinged keyboard. The transition is often a bit abrupt and the excursion too short lived but I truly love those moments as they are a hallmark of RPI. They combine some mainstream tendencies with old school mischief (not unlike Coral Caves) and I hope their love of Banco wins out over the former because I am fascinated to see where they go next. "Radio alienazione/imperfezione" begins with a catchy, almost latin-flavored mode hooked to the first powerful chorus by a fantastic little piano transition. Beautiful and uplifting right from the gate! It builds and pushes Bressan's vocals, a nice opening statement. "L'altro lato" combines a bright and cheery American AOR keyboard sound (think Styx) with Italian panache and even jazzy undertones. "slowly dies" is my least favorite because it's English and I'm a language snob as regards RPI, but the softer moments of the track allow you to hear the other side of Laura's vocal, and the drums and bass come through warmly with the acoustic guitar. The middle of closer "nuova speranza" features a very cool keyboard/guitar improv sparring section that generates some really inviting moments. A beautiful ending to the song ties together the radio sound effects from the beginning. A solid little disc for the beginning of this group and one that will have me watching them in the future. Selfishly I would like to see them veer toward the Italian prog strengths in their arsenal as I can truly feel the potential there, but the band will have to follow their heart of course! Bravo Side C!

The cover art is wonderful and personal taking up both front and back covers. Likely drawn by a friend of the group it shows the members walking up a hill from the beginning of their journey as they search for the muse. The band admitted that they lacked the studio time necessary to get the sound just as they want it, but really there is not much to apologize for. Sure, the production could be better but the music here completely trumps any concern over production to this listener. The EP is available to stream in its entirety on their Myspace page, for free, so listen and write them a review of your own. For those who wish to buy a CD version, you can contact the band and ask for details.

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