CMU Approved

Approved: Bonnie Trash

By | Published on Thursday 21 July 2022

Bonnie Trash

For their new album ‘Malocchio’, Bonnie Trash – aka twin sisters Emmalia and Sarafina Bortolon-Vettor – have woven stories told to them by their Italian grandmother about her life – imbued with a feeling that she had been cursed with the ‘malocchio’ or ‘evil eye’ – into dark, foreboding rock songs.

Emmalia’s guitar parts grind slow paced riffs and drones up against each other to match the tension in singer and drummer Sarafina’s vocals. The resulting sound is incredibly visual, painting pictures before you of the stories playing out in the lyrics, and evoking artists like Siouxsie And The Banshees and Chelsea Wolfe.

With the album set for release this autumn, the duo have followed last month’s brilliant ‘Teeth’ with equally great new single ‘Have You Seen Her’. Talking about the video for that track, they say: “The music video plays out like a sci-fi involving an alternate dimension/timeline”.

“Using the same idea of the malocchio that haunted our [grandmother] decades ago”, they add, “what does it look like when conjured by generations later in the future, and can this generational haunting finish once and for all? We see two siblings confront the malocchio head-on, only for it to follow once more. The curse has become a part of them. Do not be afraid”.

“’Have You Seen Her’ is also about the tragic loss of a loved one, longing to be with them, and wondering where they’ve ended up”, they go on. “Above the clouds? Below the earth? A new – to us – dimension? Death is the only thing we know to be true in this world. Precious memories here are what we hold onto. When our loves are taken from us by what may be a curse, it’s only natural that we want to find a way to reverse it, and reunite with them in harmony”.

‘Malocchio’ is set for release on 28 Oct, just in time to soundtrack your Halloween party. Watch the video for ‘Have You Seen Her’ here: