A Classic Education are a band from Italy that will go against any music/country based stereotypes. The music they create is laced with beauty and delicacy which was perfectly demonstrated in their maginificent 'First' EP. Definitely file them under 'Bands to Watch'. I had the pleasure of sending them a few questions and heres what went down. Hello! How are you today? Hey Oliver, just doing fine..enjoying the post-holiday season and getting my gear ready to head up into the mountains. We're doing a long weekend practice session and it seems like we always need a good place to go to..so Luca (guitar) has invited us up this oldy worldy ex-hotel in the mountains. We are going to turn the main reception lobby into our practice space for a few days! Just in case our readers haven't heard of you, could you explain who you are and what you do? Well, it's pretty simple, we are a band, part canadian, part italian, hail from around the Bologna area, so centre-north in Italy. And what we do is pretty simple once again, we try to indulge in songwriting and come up with our own version of it. Who are your main influences? I woudn't know. With this band I think all we try do is balance the lush with the harsh, try and create soundscapes that contain words. I like to think of it that way. Influence wise there is a ton of stuff and it changes constantly I haven't listened to an awful lot of bands out of Italy so I don't know much about the music scene over there so how would you rate it? There is a great deal of bands that should be exposed. Problem is most of them are lazy in someway...and then again Italy is still seen as a novelty. Something extravagant that somehow does not turn into a "cool thing". Maybe things will change in the next few years...we are hoping for it. I think the tradition that Italy has in the 50's and early 60's eventually will come out! Could you explain what kind of process you go through with the writing of your songs? We set out with A Classic Education to kind of change the songwriting process we had in our previous bands and projects. From the start the songs are fleshed out in a living room, close together, usually in small groups. When we've got the melody figured out then we will bring it to the practice room and refine it. The vocals have a lot more space this way, more time to work on everything without been crushed by noise etc. We add all that later on though! We, at The 405, feel you'll be huge in 2009 but how do you think 2009 will pan out for you and do you know of any bands you think we should be looking out for? Wow, we are honoured even to just be mentioned by you guys...I think it's going to be a good year. It's hard sometimes when you're based so far out from what the music scene seems to revolve around. We are trying to kind of breakthrough that wall and this year seems perfect. We are heading out to SXSW in March and doing a few shows in New York. Then we will continue shows in the Uk. Hopefully a few festivals in the summer. We recorded a few songs with Jeremy Warmsley some time ago and hope to have those out on a 7" sometime soon...actually it looks like they might be out in March. I'm excited about a lot of things musically in 2009! Our pal Banjo Or Freakout will finally make a record, Fanfarlo should be doing one...Belle Orchestre! I'm excited to hear things like Wavves or Here We Go Again. Plus when a year starts out with a record as good as the new Animal Collective..it must be a nice one! What are your top five bands/artists/musicians of all time? I don't know..this changes constantly..if I had to sum up all of us..I would say Dylan, Sonic Youth, Tom Waits, Mike Watt..and for me it's Swell Maps and The Verlaines at the moment hehe. If a film was made about you, what would be the title? What would it be about and who would play you? Oh God..this is a funny one..I'd love us to be hidden in the bushes where Charlie Sheen is hiding with Sissy Spacek in Badlands by Terence Malick. That would be a good one! What's your favourite lyric ever and why? Mmm such a tough one...I'll go with a classic "People see me all the time and they just can't remember how to act, Their minds are filled with big ideas, images and distorted facts, Even you yesterday you had to ask me where it was at, I couldn't believe after all these years you didn't know even me better than that Sweet lady." It's Dylan from Idiot Wind...I just love the words he uses, the image of minds filled with big ideas, images and distorted facts! If you could support any band in the world, who would they be and why? Funnily enough I don't think we have one big dream support. I mean there are many...I know we would love to play something like ATP one day.... Can you share with us your worst and best gig experience ever? Best...easily the joy of supporting Arcade Fire or the Indietracks festival last summer. Just an all around good time. Worst...mmm...a Hardcore fest we played a few years ago. Was really weird and ackward for us...we all went out and had an amazing meal in the countryside just to forget about it. Visit the band at www.aclassiceducation.com