by Talita Lima
How is it being an exponent of music made in Manchester, a city associated with The Smiths, for example?
John Ammirati: There is a kind of vaporous prestige to it. But Manchester is a city very much in love with its past, and local legend has it that music died with the close of the Hacienda [nightclub] in 1997.
What do you think about the way bands share their music in these days? With the web, the social media... did everything become easier?
John: Does anyone doubt that the internet is a total gift for bands and other narcissists? Couple that with home-recording and life almost seems worth living.
"Does anyone doubt that the internet is a total gift for bands and other narcissists?"
Do you feel more influenced by indie and britpop from the 90s or from the 2000s?
John: I think we all squirm a little bit at the word "indie", because it's synonymous with so many awful bands and bad haircuts. But there's a lot to love from the past few decades. Though I think being obviously influenced by your contemporaries is a major faux pas.
"I think we all squirm a little bit at the word 'indie', because it's synonymous with so many awful bands and bad haircuts."
It's easy to note that many of your songs have not even two minutes... comment on this.
John: We usually don't know how long the songs are until we record them, and we high-five each other when we have a song that's longer than 2 minutes. One day we'll release a 4 minute song, I swear to God. I swear to Christ.
Listen to the new EP Are You On Fire?
Amida was founded in 2002 by John Ammirati and Andrew Beswick. The current members are: John Ammirati (vocals and guitar), Andrew Beswick (guitar), Scott Challinor (drums), James Aran Cooper (bass) and Sebastian Hood (keyboard and vocals).
Listen to Amida's discography here: https://amidamusic.bandcamp.com/