Rocha

Rafael Silva (Vocals), Igor Tavares (Drums), Luis Maia (Guitar) and Filipe Soares (Bass) combine to form Rocha a rage rock band from Rio De Janeiro in Brazil.

Rocha - rage rock from Brazil

Rocha

The sincerity of a band steeped in the merciless violence of the favelas of Rio is immediately evidenced as the protective seal of aggression and conflict thunders out of the speakers. There is no gentle pandering to assimilate, as Rocha lay out the realities of their existence in stark and confrontational flashes of bared teeth and it is a delight to be able to introduce them to a wider world.


I often speak to people about the surprise that I have that so few bands actually engage and remonstrate to report on the reality of life and it is with some great pleasure that I have found a band who strip away the asinine conformity to challenge the normalcy with a diatribe of sound that drips blood, sweat and tears around the room and regardless of whether you speak Portuguese or not, the evident dissociation can’t help but register.

This is not music for those of gentle disposition as the very reflection of the violence and aggression meted out in the reality of living in Brazil is hurled back at the audience. It is perhaps somewhat apposite that I have had their music drawn in my direction as the riots in Brazil calm and the world looks forward to the upcoming Football tournament as though all is well in the country and it is the fault of the builders that it is descending into chaos.

Welcome to the reality of Brazil and thank you Rocha for stripping away the paint-shopped images of The Rio Carnival to head up to the shanty towns and remind us all of the realities of life.

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Placard

Placard an indie rock band from Buenos Aires in Argentina is Laura CarbajalJoaquín SerpeMiguel Barrenechea and Martín Rabaglia.

Placard - Indie Rock from Argentina

Placard

There is an undertow of influences from Velvet Underground as is common with many of the rock bands I have reviewed from Argentina over the years. The dark shifting moods of the music sit well in the ears as they explore a broad sweep of sounds that centre around a brooding core of rumbling bass / percussion.


Whilst delving into the darker recesses of the mind the material doesn’t leave the audience feeling on a downer, as Placard pack a powerful punch that makes its mark as the music is, in the main, swept along in a mass of activity in a fairly rapid tempo. Whilst undoubtedly possessing a ‘home-grown’ quality to the sound this, if anything, adds even more credibility to the material.

The quartet have been able to capture a core sense of genuine engagement that they are able to deliver in a fine thread of music. With three releases behind them they have gained the experience to deliver their slightly frayed sounds in a fashion that keeps the fans coming back for more and I will certainly be joining those wanting to get hold of the next release.

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