Concocted with only the darkest of deviant rock’n’roll ethos and distinct melodic distortions, New Candys are one of the most important bands to have emerged from Italy in recent years. Led by songwriter and singer-guitarist Fernando Nuti with bassist-keyboardist Dario Lucchesi, the lineup is completed with Emanuele Zanardo on lead guitar and backing vocals and Francesco Giacomin on drums and sampler. Their hometown of Venice is subtly interwoven through a focused aesthetic, not only sonically produced, but curated in their album artworks designed by Nuti himself.
Released in 2012, the first studio album “Stars Reach The Abyss”, mastered by Jon Astley, brought the band on tour in England and Italy. The song “Meltdown Corp.” was included in the annual compilation “The Reverb Conspiracy”, co-released by Fuzz Club and The Reverberation Appreciation Society. In 2015 their second studio album “As Medicine”, mixed by John Wills of Loop, was released through Picture In My Ear and Fuzz Club and distributed by Cargo Records and The Committee To Keep Music Evil. In the next two years the band toured Europe three times, also performing at the Secret Garden Party and Liverpool Psych Fest.
New Candys’ third album “Bleeding Magenta” was released in 2017 by Fuzz Club and repressed in the US by Little Cloud Records, followed by its European promotional tour and a performance at SpaceFest in Gdańsk. In 2018 they toured Australia, headlining both Sydney and Melbourne Psych Fest and performing at the Adelaide Fringe. Next the band went on a US-Mexico tour and recorded a KEXP live session and supported The Brian Jonestown Massacre in Italy. In 2019 they completed a back to back tour of 50 shows in Europe, the US and Canada including Desert Stars Festival in Joshua Tree, Milwaukee Psych Fest, The Echo in LA, Hotel Vegas in Austin and Mercury Lounge in New York. A third European tour took place in September 2019, including Levitation France and shows with The Warlocks and The Dandy Warhols and in January 2020 they played the Balkans for the first time.
New Candys’ fourth and latest album Vyvyd was released in 2021 via Little Cloud Records and Fuzz Club, the record was mixed by Grammy Award producer Tommaso Colliva. Under the Radar wrote that the album “takes the best of psych and shoegaze, adds an effective strain of driving originality and songwriting chops, and dresses it up in a satisfying intensity”. KEXP’s Music Director Don Yates declared Vyvyd to be “a solid set of shoegazer psych-rock with fuzzy guitars, atmospheric synths, heavy rhythms, detached vocals and hypnotic song hooks”. Record producer Gordon Raphael defined the song ‘Begin Again’ as “incredibly good” and Iggy Pop who described the band as “kinky” during his BBC Radio 6 show.
Between winter 2021 and summer 2022 the group was engaged in an intense live activity. The first dates in Europe included Croc’ The Rock Festival in Lausanne in Switzerland and Synästhesie Festival in Berlin, followed by a tour in the UK and France. Between March and May 2022 they completed two North American tours, including concerts at the Zebulon in Los Angeles, Mississippi Studios in Portland and played festivals such as the Freakout Weekender in Seattle, Treefort Music Fest in Boise and SXSW in Austin where they also recorded a session for Jam in the Van, subsequently released digitally. In June 2022 they played in Europe and England in support of The Dandy Warhols. The tour included historical venues such as the Olympia Hall in Paris and The Roundhouse in London. Anton Newcombe after attending the concert in Berlin expressed words of appreciation for the band. The tour was preceded by the digital release of ‘Zyko’ remixed by Peter Holmström, guitarist of The Dandy Warhols. On July 16 2022 the band performed for the first time in Lithuania at the Devilstone Fest. In August they toured the US again playing mainly the South Central states, culminating in the festival Psycho Las Vegas. In the next and last tour of 2022 they performed in Germany, France, Spain and for the first time in Portugal and in early 2023 they supported The Black Angels in Europe including shows at the Arena in Wien and Huxleys Neue Welt in Berlin.
Some of their songs are featured on episodes of Showtime Networks original TV series “Shameless”.