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Interview:
Italy's Joycut learning its way around the U.S.
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Italy's Joycut was happy to come to the U.S. last year for a quick five-show run. But founder and frontman Pasquale Pezzillo says the more full-scale trek the electronic group is currently on -- in support of its third album, "PiecesOfUsWereLeftOnTheGround" -- is far more satisfying.

"Last year we played in New York and Brooklyn and just five shows, and that was a chance to see if our kind of music would be understood there," says Pezzillo, 37. "Now we're traveling around the country, and it's very, very big and huge. Lots of space.

"We've played a lot of shows, and I think it's enough to understand is something is cool or not. And I'm just realizing that people are very, very warm with us. They're friendly. They like our music. they appreciate our kind of sound and the fact we are performing with visuals behind us. I feel like we all know each other better now."

"PiecesOfUs..." is the most instrumental-oriented of Joycut's album, with only occasional vocals deployed for texture and tonal variety. Pezzillo says it's the result of "traveling a lot on my own" since 2011's "GhostTreesWhereToDisappear" and experiencing an isolation that was best expressed with sounds rather than words.

"I've experienced strange, hard, intense things on my own, and in my skin, and I just tried to find a lonely place inside myself to find me peace," Pezzillo explains. "So I started to avoid lyrics this time and put all my feelings into the instruments and the music, and we found that was very, very comfortable to us.

"So for the people who come hear us, it's a new kind of way to listen to music, and when we project our visuals behind us, we're trying to give them a path to follow and mix bombs and war and evil attitudes with nature, quietness, landscapes -- just to make the audience think about the contrast there is about progress and nature. You have to pay attention to what we do, really."

Joycut performs with Flashclash on Tuesday, April 1, at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call 248-544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.

Web Site: www.themagicbag.com

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