This project is a reaction to a dark, common life like there's plenty of. A Cool Devotion is about passion, struggle and love lost, as about hope and reaction to frustration and emptiness. This music is not for winners or glamour boys but for the ones who needs something to rely on instead of watching the ceiling every night wondering why: "Is it always like this?".
A Cool Devotion is a solo project by Maximilian Rix (Born Massimiliano Rizzo,1969), helped by Tony Vitali (Born 1965). Influences come from various bands of the eighties like The Cure, Marillion, Pink Floyd, U2.
This Duo started to collaborate in 2004, the year in which all the material for the album Bleedthrough was composed. Maximilian has been in various Rome based bands before: The Verve (A rock cover band of the eighties, role: bass player), The Lovecats (The Cure tribute band, role: singer and bass player), the Hype (U2 tribute band, role: guitar player and backing vocals). Tony Vitali is a jazz lover and a self-employed guitar teacher.
The debut album Bleedthrough did moderately well at North American and Australian radios, the first single Petrified reached number one on numberonemusic.com charts, the second Caged, number two, the third Stop By You has reached number 10.
In 2005 Tony Vitali quit but a new album ("Falling From Grace") has just come out, composed and performed only by Maximilian. The album is available for pre-listening at the official site www.acooldevotion.com. The first single from Falling From Grace (You Are My Treason) made its debut at number 9 of numberonemusic.com after only one month from the release date. At the end of August 625 fans are on A Cool Devotion mailing list and things are in forward motion.
I'd like to more than anything else but I can't at the moment as I still don't have a band. I compose and produce music by myself.
They say I sound like The Cure, Pink Floyd, Marillion, something that can recall U2 but I don't want to appear so pretentious...just listen and judge yourself...this is simlply me, with my musical background I can't deny.
American Fender Stratocaster, Ibanez soundgear Bass, Roland XP-60 Keyboard.