Portland Radio Project - Silver Snails' Lucas Ward Talks Music, Band Plays Portland This Month

The Silver Snails are a band on a mission: to open hearts by creating the world’s finest pop rock.

Comprised of lead singer Lucas Ward and his wife Elisa Fantini, the pair are gifted at fashioning contemporary pop rock. Based in Italy, the talented duo surround themselves with ace musicians.

We visited with lead singer Lucas Ward – who’s currently in Portland working on the band’s upcoming release – about the band’s first album “The Seven Melodies.”

It was recently re-released to help grow their fan base, and the band will be performing songs from it in Portland and Eugene this month. Weaving diverse genres – from electronica to Celtic to jazz – into fresh, catchy melodies, the band hopes their music reaches the ears of a global audience.

PRP: How long have you been a musician? What instruments do you play?

Ward: “I’ve been active in music since I was a kid, and started piano while attending Jefferson Art School.”

“I see my main job today as singing and writing songs, so I play guitar and keyboards, and also bass and drums.”

PRP: “ ‘Beatrice Russo’ is a lovely composition, very romantic. It has a retro vibe to it reminiscent of The Alan Parsons Project. What inspired that track?”

Ward: “That’s a heavy compliment, thank you. Beatrice Russo is a reference to a character in the movie “Il Postino,” and it’s also a reference to Dante.”

“I was sitting at the piano in Italy and Elisa really liked the initial melody so I developed it.”

Nicole Cobb