Doomed Nation

Sounds For The Lost Generation

Doomed Confessionary: Antoine-Joseph, Georges & Kévin (Alconaut)

Photos by Alex Chartré

Alconaut is a stoner/doom metal band hailing from Bastia in Corsica.

Formed in 2016, the power trio released their second album »Endless Skies« on May 12th, 2023. The album will be soon available via Ordine di a Manu Pallida in cassette format as well.

Alconaut are Georges Agostini on guitar and vocals, Kévin Albertini on bass and Antoine-Joseph Marini on drums.

Can you say a few words about your band?
We’re a 3-piece band from Corsica, an island in the Mediterranean sea. We play stoner rock since 2017, and have released 2 full-length albums.

What was the biggest challenge for the band last year?
Play live shows in France, it’s hard to plan everything (venues, transport…) to go to the mainland since we live on an island. There’s not much of a stoner/metal scene in Corsica, so even though a few bands try to play live, it’s hard to find a good venue/receptive audience for this genre.

What can you be most proud of last year?
This year we have released our second album that’s called »Endless Skies« and with this second opus, we’ve pushed back our limits a little further. After getting used to playing and composing together on the first album, we were really happy that this experience brought us a new synergy in the way we create and play together. The result is a second album which we think shows that we’re managing to carry on the adventure together really well.

What was your biggest regret?
It would have been nice to play more live shows, to help us promote our new record and meet new people. but we’re already happy enough to have met a few people thanks to certain music-related events and the feedback and contacts that social networks can bring us.

What was the best concert/tour last year and why?
Our show at Connexion Live, in Toulouse. We had an awesome sound thanks to the sound tech, which is primordial to feel at ease on stage and deliver our music the best we can.

What was the biggest surprise on the music scene for you?
Georges: Power Trip’s »Live in Seattle«, it was originally recorded in 2018, and reissued in 2023. They have a raw energy that really comes to life in their live shows, and even more in this one. Their transitions between songs are especially well-made.
Antoine-Joseph: For my part, when it comes to stoner and psychedelic music, I really liked King Gizzard’s »Petrodragonic Apocalypse«, an album that manages to mix stoner and thrash rhythms. The latest Fire Down Below is great, with everything you could love about stoner, it’s hard-hitting and keeps diversity in every song. And the best discovery is the band Brutus with Unison Life and two live shows that I saw in Bourlon and Paris, which for me is the most honest band and brings something fresh to the scene.
Kévin: The release of the new album from King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard who sound more metal and I found back an old album from a Corsican artist who mix rock/prog and Corsican vocals, called Jean Marc Ceccaldi and his album »Scelta Celta«.

Where can we see you live this year (concerts/tours)?
Depending of the release of the interview, we have shows on Paris (Supersonic), Montpellier (Secret Place) and Marseille (La Salle Gueule) but if you find us some places to play it would be helpful.

What are your plans for this year as a band? What do you personally want the most?
Besides recording new material, it would be great to open for bands touring in Europe which are a big influence to us like Monolord, Fu Manchu or even Clutch.

How can people best support your band?
If you want to help us, just listen to our albums and share it on social media, tag the band on your stories, we need to have a lot of “Views” and “Listenings”.

Do you have any message for your listeners?
Thank you for listening to our music and support us, we will try our best to give you more tasty riffs and a third album!

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Bojan Bidovc // music enthusiast, promoter, misanthrop and sometimes a journalist as well

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