Italian four-piece Deaf Lingo have now released their second studio album Lingonberry on Lövely Records. Combining melodic punk, lo-fi garage, and bittersweet indie, the release showcases a unique blend of alternative rock.
Back in the autumn of 2015, Sandro Specchia (Low Dérive, Muruhuay) decided to record a few songs on a 4-track recorder in the flat he shared with a couple of friends in the outskirts of Milan. He would soon ask Yuri Ferrari (Muruhuay), Nicolò Arnoldi (Muruhuay, Marlo Tilt) and Fabrizio Patella (Marlo Tilt) to start a new band. The new project was named Deaf Lingo. In the following weeks, they rented a basement under a pizza and kebab place, making it their headquarters. In October 2015, Deaf Lingo uploaded their first 3 songs as a full band on Bandcamp.
The Split Pee EP featured a distinctive lo-fi punk rock sound and allowed the band to start playing live shows in the Milan area. In 2016, Mauro Ronchi (La Scatola Nera) and Gabriele Zaramella (Losing Traces) replaced drummer Fabrizio Patella and bassist Nicolò Arnoldi, who had left the band due to other ongoing projects. The new line-up went on working relentlessly on new material.A few months later they entered CB Studio in Bergamo to record their first full length album, BUG. It consisted of ten tracks recorded live on an old 8-track Tascam 388. BUG was released as a 100-copies limited edition via Fatty Liver Records. At the release party the band struck a deal with Davide Speciani, head of One Chord Wonder, who committed to produce 200 vinyl pressings of the album.
Following the good reception of BUG and an ever-growing following, Deaf Lingo hit the road and added a long list of tour dates across Italy, France and Belgium. In 2019 their focusing on new songs culminated in the release of Friends/Failures, an EP that paved the way for their second full length. Despite the pandemic, Deaf Lingo managed to release a split with the garage band Double Not and a song for the benefit compilation KILLED BY BOREDOM – 27 Songs By Lock- Down Survivors (OCW records).
In March 2021, Deaf Lingo finally entered the studio to record their second full length effort, this time at EDAC in Como. The fruitful collaboration with Davide Lasala e Andrea Fognini brought a more mature sound that slightly departed from the lo-fi vibe of the previous works.
Lingonberry offers a fresh sound that’s both direct, zestful, and warm – fun, basically! Embodying themes such as alienation, separation, and apathy, all the usual teenage stuff, the album features ten tracks that swerve from bittersweet and longing indie punk to heavier, more straight forward rock breakdowns. It’s all lively, energetic, powerpop-ish stuff, it reminds me particularly of Wheatus.
First up is a very brief instrumental, swiftly followed by Summertime, and both the vibe and the title set the tone for the rest of the album. It’s good stuff! Sleeping follows, relentlessly upbeat, impossible to keep your feet still! The tunes fly past, it might get a little samey but it’s still hugely enjoyable, I blinked and found myself on the album’s closer, so that cant be bad. It’s definitely a summery sound, it certainly helps to listen to this with the sun streaming in…have Fun!
Lingonberry was recorded at EDAC Studio by Davide Lasala and Andrea Fognini, and mastered at Sun Room by Dan Coutant, and is available on transparent red vinyl, transparent green vinyl, and digital platforms.