Emerging from the Dark Side with… Italia 90

Brand new music is something that we get most excited about at Dark Side. We spend most of our time here trying to find the best in up and coming music and in this feature we show off one of our favourite new finds.

Who are you?

Italia 90

Bobby Portrait – bass
Georgie McVicar – guitar
Joe Davies – Drums
Les Miserable – vocals


How did the formation of the band come around?

We all used to bully each other at school, but eventually learned to live with each other. We then formed the band Italia 90 (see question 1).

Italia 90 - Credit: Holly Whitaker
Italia 90 - Credit: Holly Whitaker

Who were you first influences as a band?

Lots of different things. We’ve all brought various influences to the band. There’s not much music we all converge on.


What music are you listening to at the moment?

We recently did a tour in Portugal where we played with some great bands like Palmers and Cosmic Mass. There are lots of amazing bands we regularly play with in London like Militant Girlfriend, Scrounge, Mice on Mars, Great Dad, Qlowski, Ghost Car, etc.. There’s also some electronic music we’re into, such as Eye Measure, hmurd, and Stavrogin.


Describe your sound in three words

Andrew Lloyd Webber


Can you think of one thing that makes your band different to any other?

Despite appearances, we don’t actually believe in the politics we espouse. It’s all for the money.


For those who have never listened to you, what song should they listen to first and why?

Perhaps Competition or New Factory? Those ones are the hits

What does the future hold for Italia 90?

Lots of nice gigs coming up. Doing Great Escape in May, which will be good. And we’ll have an album out soon, whether you like it or not.

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