Interview by Scott aka Dr.Space on March 2, 2018
When did you start making music?Piero:I started making music in 1989 with my brother Marco Ranalli. The band was called “City Sewer System”, the music we did was a kind of psych garage rock, a style similar to The Stooges. With this project we recorded three demo-tapes and I played the bass. Then in 1991 we started playing as power-trio with “Insider” (SpaceDoom –Rock style) and also in this project I played the bass.
AcidoXodicA is your 6th record under the name Unimother 27 since 2006. Do you still play with Insider or other groups?Piero:In the next Insider album, which will be released in spring, I recorded all the bass tracks. But I'm not part of the group anymore and I do not even play with other bands, so I will not be in live shows or in future works of Insider. It is my last participation in this project. I can not give my commitment to Unimother 27 and Insider in parallel. I would do two things superficially. So in the future I will dedicate my time only to Unimother 27, then if people will call me to collaborate on projects ... I will decide if I can!
How do you go about recording your Unimother 27 records since you play all the instruments yourself, often? Describe how you make a track.Piero:In my first three works I was totally alone, from "Frozen Information" there is Mr. Fist on drums and percussions. I don’t use a fixed method to write the music. A song can be born from an emotion, from a melody that I have in mind, from a dream. I take inspiration from what surround me. I record in my studio (Pineal Gland Lab) with a multitracks digital recording. I haven’t problems of time, I can work in total calm. Sometimes happen some songs take form during recordings, others are already complete in my head, others directly grow from improvisations. So I record in my studio all the parts of guitar, bass, synth and when there is inspiration or the song requires also the voice ... then Mr. Fist in his studio records all the rhythm parts.
You new record came from a Palindromic dream. What do you think inspired this?Piero:I do not know, I just remember that it was a very lucid dream. Even after I was awake I realized that it had left very strong and indelible signs. For several days I was obsessed with this dream and I thought that the best way to get rid of it was to give it life through music. This gave me the opportunity to observe it better with detachment and to appreciate it.
Have you ever played live as Unimother 27?Piero:No, I've never played live with Unimother 27. It started as a studio project. I am considering this option more and more seriously because I receive proposals from people to play in their clubs or at festivals. we'll see ... I have to organize the live set!
Your wife makes some very cool artwork. I love the stuff on Fiore Spietato. You worked with another artists on the new record though.Piero:Yes, it is true. My wife knows how to shape my visions, in "Fiore Spietato" that "AcidoXodicA" has worked really hard. It starts, of course, from a much larger format that is scaled to the CD. I collaborated with another artist in "Frozen Information" Donato Costantini, who created the cover by overlapping papers, newspaper or magazine clippings. In the first three works I made the covers with my photos.
What is the music scene like where you live in Italy?Piero:There are really a lot of bands, as regards psychedelia, which is the musical genre closest to me, like In Zaire e Squadra Omega. In my city, Pescara, there are Insider, Zippo, Sherpa ...
Do you travel outside Italy ever to gain new experiences for music?Piero:This is something that has never happened to me. I would love to use a year to go to other continents and absorb the vibrations of other cultures. How did Embryo in the 70s ...
Bad Acid Tab 4 - 2007
Unimother 27 is a solo project from Italy, home of the best Prog scene on Earth, and also some of the best heavy psich too. Now, the thought of a one man prog ? band? really intrigued me. How would this work? I mean, big expansive stretches of explorative music with no one to explore with ... How do you write such big pieces without people to bounce off? And I guess the other side of this is that you can take your own vision undiluited to its logical conclusion. Whatever, like I said, intriguing, I talked to the Unimother himself, Piero Ranalli.
B.A: Firstly, Unimother 27 is a bizarre name for a ‘band’ – what’s the root of the name?
PIERO: All is started when a day I realized the number 27 was connected with some important events of my life. On 27th I had an accident with my motorbike (almost deadly) and from that day my attention went casually on this number. To the beginning it didn’t seem remarkable, but after several years I saw too strange things happen on this day. So when I decided to do my musical project I thought to call it Unimother 27. Unimother comes from a fusion of two words, Universe and Mother, the meaning of the concept is a cosmic cycle based on the 27. I hope it’s clear but, for me it isn’t easy to explain it.
B.A: Unimother 27 is a solo project – why go it alone? Are the really no other musicians to share your dream, or is it more that you don’t want to share it?!!
PIERO: Well, it’s a choice, nothing else. I consider unimother 27 an individual path, it’s a creative moment I couldn’t share with others, it’s extremely intimate. I compose and record in my lab (Pineal Gland) when the inspiration arrives and it’s impossible to have other musicians in that instant.
B.A: Is there a vision you are trying to unfold with your music? Where are you taking us? Is this a Journey of the inner mind, seen by the third eye alone, or is it space exploration?!! Where is our journey’s end?
PIERO: What the people watch every day (the daily reality) it’s decoded by deceptive mind. We will begin to see in the right way only when our thoughts will be able to free themselves from the mental schemes. There is who uses the drugs, who through magical practices but the mean is not important as the purpose.
So to answer to your question !! I do this through the music (to compose music bring me to the right vision) and I wish the listening of it can make the mind of other people open.
B.A: You have recorded and are about to release the second Unimother album as we speak. It’s quite a progression from your first, somewhat, darker and heavier. Are you satisfied with the result? Is this a direction you will be taking further?
PIERO: The new album “Escape from the ephemeral mind” has some points of contact with the first but it isn’t based on an improvisation, there are songs that have a precise structure. I have to say that I am very satisfied of the result. On the net (My Space) there are the preview of three songs of it: Homo ... sapiens?, Warm embrace, Whispers from the center (I hope it will relased on February, otherwise more time), the whole cd will contain eight songs, Unimother 27 has not directions, it surely has a path but it is not a straight line. Madness is unpredictable and everything is unique.
B.A: And I must ask – will Unimother 27 reamin a solo project? Surely with so many great tracks you’ll want to get members and put a band togheter, just to perform live?!!
PIERO: In the future there will be some collaborations with other musicians but it will remain always a solo project. It’s probable that for a live I will put on a band, who knows ...........
B.A: On this expansive note I’ll depart from your table and leave you to add any lost words or hidden meanings ... Maybe add a few mantras or utter a curse or two ...
PIERO: I want above all to thank you for the opportunity that you have offered me and I would like to conclude the interview saying these words: ”if it is excluded by the human activities everything that concerns to the attainment of the profit, the art will remain only”.