Circolo Vizioso “Verrückt”
2 musicians standing in stairs holding guitars

Circolo Vizioso “Verrückt”


After much fanfare over the past few month, German-Italian post-punk duo Circolo Vizioso presents the title track from their debut album ‘Verrückt’, the latest audio-visual offering from this invigorating collection of tracks. Earlier, the band presented the singles ‘Walls’, written in outrage over the Russian invasion in Ukraine, and ‘Choppy’, a high-octane song spawned from a bout of depression brought on by a failed love story.

Hailing from Berlin, Circolo Vizioso is made up of Tony Scafidi (guitar, bass, drum, hi-hat, vocals) and Paul Geigerzaehler (violin, snare drum, vocals). The band plays abrasive, groovy punk music that is influenced by the sound of 1990s New York, Chicago and Washington (i.e. Fugazi, Blonde Redhead and Sonic Youth), as well as the sound of early 80’s-90’s Eastern German and Eastern European punk bands like Dezerter, Sandow and Schleimkeim.

“This song asks the question of whether it might be possible to not lose one’s mind while watching the world become more and more dystopian. There is no answer in this song, just as there seems to be no answer for a lot of questions of our time,” says Paul Geigerzaehler.

“This song is about someone loosing his mind to an even crazier world, which keeps on spinning around them with no apparent sense left to interpret it. The video concept is simple , another anonymous person lacking interactive skills, using people and the space and time around them almost as disposable objects at a whim, apparently not even taking any real satisfaction out of it, if only to prove to themselves that they are still alive. A prove of reality based not on connection with the others but based on disposing of the others embodying therefore social Dystopia and Alienation  in flesh and blood,” says Tony Scafidi.

“In the end, by changing things around and involving the actors in decision-making regarding the script, we ultimately got an interesting and cooler video than we had in mind in the first place. It took Clement almost a year to get the video mounted and edited with me having to chase him by any possible mean of communication, including messenger pigeons and telepathic powers performed by Mexican sorcerers. But, in the end, he pulled it off, memorably giving us such a smooth and cool video!  Thanks to our friends! Everyone was great”

Arriving four years after releasing their 5-track ‘Isolation’ EP (2020), ‘Verrückt’ offers a powerful taste of high-intensity, lyric-driven post-punk, created mainly with electric violin, guitar and drums.

Formed in March 2020 on a balcony in Friedrichshain, Berlin during the first Covid-19 lock-down, Circolo Vizioso was born as an attempt to keep art and music alive and to provide support to their neighbours during a time when no concerts were happening and no cinemas, museums or galleries were open. Circolo Vizioso is these artists’ attempt to resist the isolation and the lack of social and human contact, as well as the hunger for music and art during this unusual time.
The full ‘Verrückt’ album is out now, available from fine music platforms, such as Apple MusicSpotify and Bandcamp. Circolo Vizioso’s Paul Geigerzaehler has also just released his solo album ‘KAPUTT’ as a Bandcamp exclusive.

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