In the News: Proof of Concept reviews

It's been a while since the last post, we've been very busy working on exciting projects for 2019 so beware of big news coming up soon.

But now it's time to sum up what 2018 has brought us so far, so here is our review of the reviews we got from the press about our debut EP "Proof of Concept". The album has been released on the 29th October and it's available on our bandcamp profile for purchase on digital download or on a very scrumptious and tangible Digipack format. Feeling lazy? Just ask Alexa to play it for you on Spotify.

Sounds good? Bad? Are we going anywhere? Let's see..

"Proof of Concept" received a prime position on Blessed Altar Zine webzine. We were thrilled and thankful to have been given the premiere for the album, which gave us space for a detailed interview and an awesome review.
Thanks guys, you made our day! Your coverage gave the album such a big boost.

"Highly recommended to fans of power trios across ages, from Cream to Motörhead, and from The Police to Silverchair, as well as to seekers of fresh, new sounds and vibes in rock & metal. 9/10 Emil/UHF"

Distorted sound Magazine gave us a respectful 6 out of 10 pointing out that, despite our music core is solid, we let our music influences take over at times. Not all is lost because they noted that "The stand out songs on this record, however, take a less heavy-handed approach to paying respect to other musicians and really let the core of this specific band shine". Thanks guys, we appreciate the constructive criticism. We have grown a lot since we started and in our journey of self discovery we became an increasingly solid unit. We are sure that you will appreciate our next work and that our uniqueness will come out strongly!

Ops! Guess what?  Indy Metal Vault had a very different opinion and thinks that we did pretty well! The blog gave the album a fantastic B+ and highlighted that, for a band who presented itself as grunge, we managed to incorporate so many ideas in our songs which gave the album an almost a proggy vibe.
We totally agree if you see Prog as a blend of styles as opposed to the usual odd time signature on 20minutes length songs. We start from a grunge feel and then we go where our inspiration takes us. This is our take of 'Seattle in London' and of the 90s twenty years later (and we are over 27 years old lolnotlol).

"For such a short release, they pack a lot into it. Once all of the musical density is squeezed out, you can still find fun little moments that reflect radio rock and vocal harmony, so it’s not super hard to get behind"  Thanks Nichalas for your words.

Third Eye Cinema somewhat agreed with Indie Metal Vault. They gave us a nice small review referring to our stoner side: "[..]t’s a bit all over the place, particularly for a band that most closely appends to stoner rock. But just like last time [in reference to a previous review of the single Address Unknown] It’s pretty good". So definitely a CD that goes in the player, not under your mug or a wobbly table!

Positive review from Merchant of Air who nailed the underlying funny vibe of our songs. Yes we are heavy, we can go slow or fast, but most importantly are definitely having fun. "This EP is loaded with energy, fun and rock 'n roll.[..]. So grab a beer and join me in the pit!". Cheers mate!

We also got an awesome paper review on Power Play Magazine, issue 215. You can read the full review by getting your copy on their website or your local newsagent.
"For a small band, member wise, they certainly produce a big sound. To be able to incorporate various styles as well as keeping their own genre shows great progression. 'Proof of Concept' equals proof of promise".
Thanks Claire for your awesome words about the album.


What we think: Not bad at all for this set of songs written on the first few months we've been playing together. We started in a good way.

Lesson learned: when doing a press release, try to reduce references to your music influences to a minimum and try to be generic over your music genre -  This will certainly avoid biases! LOL

And you, what do you think about the album? Listen to "Proof of Concept" on bandcamp or spotify and let us know!

Proof of Concept EP on pre-order on bandcamp

It's finally happening!

Following the one-track Pirate Session demo and the well-received release of three singles, we are finally releasing our long awaited debut EP Proof of Concept, much to the excitement of ourselves and our fans.

The album will be out on the 29th of October and released in digital and digipack. Preorder it on Bandcamp

The album was recorderd between August 2017 and December 2017 using different studios in London and Italy.

Proof of Concept contains four new unreleased song alongside the previously release singles Taranto Train to Toronto Town, Behind the Blinds and Address Unknown


  1. Behind the Blinds
  2. The Glitch
  3. Taranto Train to Toronto Town
  4. The Other Side
  5. She (Has a Plan)
  6. Address Unknown
  7. Oxygen


All song by Gramma Vedetta

Mixed and mastered in Spain by Guillermo 'Will' Maya except "Oxygen" mixed and mastered by Dan

Artwork by Gramma Vedetta

Photos by Alicedionis

In the press - June 18

Hello there,

If you landed on this page probably you're interested in music. Especially our music. Or maybe you just clicked a link by mistake.

Whatever the weather, the following sentence has been written only with the purpose of make this blog post indexed better. Don't be shy and discover The 10 secrets to boost your band presence online and build your fan base.

Ok, going back on track. Things are starting moving.

We are very glad every time someone shows interest in our band, either asking for an interview or including one of our song in their playlist.

Gramma Vedetta world domination is starting with the right foot.

Said so, the following is a collection of what has been said on the internet about Gramma Vedetta during the few last months.


Dan's interview on XsRock
Gramma favourite things on Glacially Musical
Gramma on Pete's rock news and views.
Gramma on Nine Circles


Third Eye Cinema Our first Review ever (This is a looooong page so press CTRL+F and then type Gramma) (Greek Language)


Playlistobscura with Behind the Blinds
Playlistobscura with Address Unknown

The Shrieks from below (Address Unknown Ep. 105)

The Sludgelord (Address Uknown premiere)

Fuzz Heavy (Behind the Blinds first play )


Last but not least, thanks to Curtis Dewar of Dewar PR for the good job done!

Please contact us if you find other content that we missed.


Gramma Vedetta


New single: Address Unknown

We're going to release a new single on the 15th of June. We're very proud of this piece 'cause it's a great example of Gramma Vedetta teamwork.
It has been written just a couple of weeks before entering the studio to record it.

We've built Address Unknown starting from a bluesy jam over two alternating chords while our zoom recorder was capturing everything we were playing.

Thanks to the drop C tuning  and the Big Muff most of the guitar parts have Down/Corrosion of Conformity flavour, the bass seems having Geezer Butler and John Paul Jones as Godfathers and a sober Ozzy Osbourne echoes in the vocal lines.

The lyrics are in first person. There's someone trying to heal someone else's mind. A mind that is too messy that catches the listener in a vortex of bad thoughts. This is what we painted in the instrumental section.

The Cover

While thinking about the cover art for this single, Dan was impressed by the works of Terry Palamara . She's a London based prolific author of collages and painting and a professional working on the video industry.

One of her works was reflecting exactly the feeling expressed by the sounds and lyrics of Address Unknown. It's beautiful, it's gloomy, it's damaged.

Thanks to let us using your work!

Terry Palamara - Untitled

The Lyrics

Address Unknown

I want to talk to you.
I need to talk to you.
I know about your secret.

Tell me, what’s the deal?
You seem trapped between wheels..
and there’s no chance for you to leave

You should reset your brain
And focus on your dreams
I’m sure you’ll be fine again.

No one put a spell on you
You just let things go out of hands.
I’m happy to be here to give you help

You’ve got everything but you lost yourself
Don’t feel ashamed to cry for help

Do you want to defuse my brain? I'll give you this warning:
Avoid any short circuit, I’m triggered this morning.

Behind the scene footage.

Who's hiding Behind the Blinds

This second single, "Behind the Blinds" is quite different in structure and sound from the previous one "Taranto Train to Toronto Town".

We really enjoyed writing and arranging it and its a pleasure playing it on our shows.

Dan wrote "Behind the Blinds"  as an acoustic blues. (N.d.a: The original title was Gramma Vedetta - the band didn't existed yet - but then we changed to Behind the Blinds because having a song with the same name of the band is too lame ).

This explains why the verses and the chorus melodies can be sung while taking a shower.

We jammed a lot around the original version and what we've got is a solid song  built on heavy blues riffs and some prog time signature (Rush anyone?). The song still maintain the original bluesy groove.

The guitar solo, which is one of the two contained in the whole set of song we recorded, is split in two parts: the first one is a psychedelic trip where two guitars on acid fights on each side of the stereo image, supported by an odd signature bass and drum groove.

The second part of the solo is a tribute to Alex Lifeson and Jimmy Page, both in the choice of notes and in the guitar sound. A classic rock solo introducing the third and final chorus.

Yes, thanks, but what are the lyrics about?

This is a controversial topic among the band, but it looks like Dan wrote about some sort of big brother (or better big sister).  From the lyrics we understand that the differences from 1984 character is that the main character of "Behind the Blinds" is a benevolent entity.

Dan doesn't give us more details about the song, which leave space for interpretation.

Who do you think is hiding Behind the Blinds?

Behind the Blinds

Scanning the alleys, from dusk till dawn.
Searching the crowd, for the weak and the strong.
All your friends.. ran away
Are you stronger? Are you brave?

Critical, behind the blinds.
She spreads news and memories.
She is lyrical.
The gramophone plays beloved songs to feed her soul.

Collecting information through a thousands eyes
At her workstations, behind the blinds.
You will fall at her will.
She will be the one to set you free, yeah.

Critical, behind the blinds.
She spreads news and memories.
She is lyrical.
The gramophone plays beloved songs to feed her soul.
To give you love.


All aboard the Taranto Train

This is the most tongue twister song title ever. But how this song has been built? Here's what happened.

First, Music!

We wrote the music of Taranto Train to Toronto Town starting from bass riff Basetta came up with. The guitar parts have been built around the line with some balcanic scales added on top on to give homage to Valadis’ country of origin, 

The bass solo parts sounded so Faith No More that we decided to leave the guitar arrangement to a minimum. No guitar solo pls!

After listening to the first draft, our comment was: “This song sounds like a train that is about to hit you!

Here, The Lyrics!

During one of my regular ‘beer nights’ with friends, I’ve found funny that one of them was born in Taranto, while another one in Toronto. You can write them easily replacing the vowels, but what about pronouncing them?

I can assure u that trying to make an Italian pronounce Toronto with a Canadian accent, and a Canadian pronounce Taranto with an Italian accent is a nightmare.

And it was.

Told this story to my wife while listening the rehearsal recording, she pointed out: "This song sounds is like a Train from Taranto to Toronto."

Problem solved!


Taranto Train to Toronto Town

Barcelona, Villamassargia
Cortoghiana, Genna Gonnesa
Non-stop train to Toronto town
Taranto train to Toronto town

I don’t care what you say
I don’t care

Barcelona, Villamassargia
Cortoghiana,Genna Gonnesa
Non-stop train to Toronto town
Taranto train to Toronto town

I don’t care what you say
I don’t care

How We Entered The Other Side (And Pirates Studio too)

After few months gigging in London and polishing our songs on and off stage, on May 2017 we decided to book few hours of Pirate Studios in Earlsfield.

With 4 microphones, a Focusrite and a Macbook we recorded some early versions for 'internal 'use. But then we found that the recording had a pretty good quality so we decided to do a post-production on one of the song to be release as an 'Hello World' song. 

After a couple of days spent on Logic Pro, Dan was able to deliver the song  The Other Side (Pirate Session). Now available on Spotify, iTunes, Google play
Even not being a super production,  it quite nails Gramma Vedetta overall raw sound.

What do you think?