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TALES FROM OTHER WORLDS
Chocobo Band, an Italian band which rearranges the best moments of Final Fantasy saga soundtracks, announces the release of its second album, “Tales from Other Worlds”.
While their previous work “Shuffle or Groovy” was an intimate and experimental journey through some of the most famous songs, this new excursus throughout the series’ settings is drenched in powerful and epic atmospheres, which will let you experience the same emotions felt during the games’ most heart-rending moments, in a progressive rock / symphonic metal flavour. The songs in the album, which span most of the saga’s chapters, are rearranged by the band’s personal touch in order to ensure a cinematic and impactful rendition. In addition to the complex orchestral arrangements and the layers of modern electronic elements, an entire choir has been recorded live to underline the most epic sections. Romantic iconic ballads will be there too, to let you dream of melancholic atmospheres just before going head-on towards the next exciting boss battle.
Chocobo Band’s new album “Tales from Other Worlds” is now available on all major digital platforms.
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SHUFFLE OR GROOVY
Shuffle or Groovy is the band's first record. It includes the most famous masterpieces from Final Fantasy soundtracks such as "Those Who Fight Further", "Cosmo Canyon" and many others rearranged in a unique way.
Chocobo Band was born in 2007, when Mike Pelillo (guitar/vocals), Gabriele Lei (bass guitar) e Riccardo Barbieri (keyboards), musicians and hardcore fans of Final Fantasy, attended the first Nobuo Uematsu’s show in Italy. The impact of hearing FF soundtracks played live with a full orchestra and choir made an impression so strong that they thought about forming a band to play songs of the great Japanese composer in a personal and original way.
After three years, the project became reality when a complete line-up was formed with Alessandro Lugari (drums), Giacomo Ferrari (keyboards) and Salvatore Zappalà (guitars).
The band first rehearsed songs from The Black Mages’ albums (Mr. Uematsu’s band, from 2001 till 2009), then started to add tracks from various FF soundtracks which had never been played or rearranged in any way before. Very soon it was clear that the project could not remain a completely instrumental one, as the most famous songs of the games are sung, so a seventh element was added to the band: the singer Beatrice Bini. A complete setlist was then prepared, with songs from almost every Final Fantasy rearranged in a progressive rock / metal way, some of the most famous ballads and even fully orchestrated pieces.
The band then started to play live gigs, receiving positive feedback from the audience. Since its first live performance in October 2014, Chocobo Band played in stages and events all over Italy, such as Lucca Comics & Games, Festa dell’Unicorno, Mantova Comics, PLAY, NipPop, Modena Nerd. Throughout a constant exchange with its followers on social networks and live events, the fan base grew and made the band well known even overseas.
In 2017, the first album "Shuffle or Groovy" was published: 10 tracks of well-known FF songs rearranged in a lot of styles, ranging from bossa-nova to blues to swing, with tributes to famous musicians such as Jimi Hendrix. The album received great feedback and pushed the band to go even further, publishing videos and playing live, just in specific venues, an entire parallel acoustic setlist made of those tracks.
After a change in the line up, where the old drummer switched with Francesco Roncaglia and Riccardo Barbieri stepped down from live performances to work only “behind the scenes”, the second album, “Tales from Other Worlds” was recorded and came out in 2020. This time, the 14 tracks have been arranged in an epic progressive metal style, partly following the tradition of Uematsu’s "The Black Mages", but with a touch of personal taste in the arrangements and completely rewritten orchestral scores. The album was a huge success and the single videos taken from it have reached a wide audience on YouTube.
Currently, Chocobo Band is working on its upcoming album, which will feature previously unreleased songs with completely new arrangements (for example: various themes from a Final Fantasy chapter are arranged into a progressive metal suite with a very complex structure, where parts of it are composed by the band itself ex novo), new orchestral scores and even original lyrics which will provide an inside view on some of the series’ most beloved characters.
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