Tell me about the story of the band!
Sara, Roberto, Nicola and me found the band in 2008 and we have had the same line-up since then. During the years there were a couple of guitarists, but they didn’t have the same affinity we have between us. We released an EP called “4 Little Hanged Toys” (2010) and an album “Technicolor Noise” (2012), both of them for the European market. In 2013 we travelled on tour to Italy, England and Spain. And now we are here to introduce our new work “Daytime Sleepwalkers”, brought out on 18th September for the label This Is Core Records.

What did you do in the last six months?
We celebrated the birth of our new album “Daytime Sleepwalkers” in the first five months and in the last one we worked to get over the jag and prepare the live.

What have you got in your wallet now?
28.50 Euro, the social club Dong card, the DVD club one, a tattoo that I will never do, my license driving, a photo taken after the recording of our first album “Technicolor Noise” with the writing “cover me with money” on the back.

Why have you chosen this name for your band?
The word Design is easily memorable (even if we could realize that it’s very difficult to find us on Google) and it is used to define the artistic trend put on the industrial object, the object that, in this case, is music itself, and we want to revalue like a real art and not like an object to label. Besides our goal, like that of a designer’s, is to make new and innovative what is existing and common.

How important is the look/appearance for your band?
It’s really important to let the ones, who don’t know our music, be curious to listen to us. But this is always in the background compared to our musical proposal.


Tell us about the new LP “Daytime Sleepwalkers”. Are you fully satisfied with it?
Absolutely yes. It came out just like we thought of it at the beginning. It’s dark but melodic, it’s contemporary and contaminated. But above all it’s a sincere and deep album, both in music and lyrics.

Which is the highest point of the LP?
It’s a point that lasts about 48 minutes, that starts at the first second of the CD and ends at the last one.

…And the low point?
What are you talking about?!

How would you define your sound?
The illegitimate child born of a fuck between New Order and Sonic Youth. It sounds good, doesn’t it? In practice electro rock, but it sounds badly, perhaps it’s better new wave. But we aren’t so good to give us labels.

New-Wave. Describe for me these words! And what do you think, is a good compromise to describe your style?
New-wave is a musical current born between the 70s and 80s, coming from punk, but contaminated by pop music. Although more than 30 years have passed from the birth of that movement, I think it describes our music well, since our musical bent, even and above all live, is rock and noisy, but we love dirtying our hands over melody and synths.

Which bands have influenced your style?
The Depeche Mode surely, the Depeche of the period going from “Black Celebration” to “Songs of faith and Devotion” and the Nine Inch Nails of “The Fragile” and “The Downward Spiral” later. Among later bands we could name Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
To be always allowed to do what we’d like doing. It looks like easy but it isn’t because of the roles that society dictates us.


Tell me some of the bands you admire.
Besides the named ones that influenced us, we have recently a fad for bands like Soft Moon, Beach House or A Place to Bury Strangers. There are also lots of very good Italian bands like “Casa del Mirto” or “Welcome Back Sailors” that we really admire.

What song is in your head right now?
“Should have known better” by Sufjan Stevens.

And of your local music scene?
We come from the Marches, a small region in the middle of Italy and in the last years it successfully exported some bands like the “Be Forest”, that play dream pop, or the “Soviet Soviet” that play post punk, both of them North region based. Closer to us, the scene is varied and there are very good bands that should deserve more attention overseas too, like “Nrec” or “KMfromMYills”, who play electronic sounds, the rockers “The Shell Collector” or, more closer to our kind, the “Bankey Moon”. But I should name other 20.

What is the most embarrassing situation you’ve ever been with Design?
Once we were called to play in a striptease place, telling us they wanted to change direction and dedicate themselves to live. So we accepted. Later, during the concert, two strip women came and started their show. We didn’t know anything. For Nicola, Roberto and me it was even pleasant, but certainly it wasn’t for Sara.

Have you got a good reason to be in Behind Magazine?
We’ve got a very good reason, and it is named “Daytime Sleepwalkers”. Listen to it, it won’t disappoint you!