La Burca from Bauru in Brazil is the alt-indie duo of Amanda (Vocal / Guitar) and Lucas (Drums).
La Burca have a stark sound which sears across the brain like a branding iron as the vocals flash like a swooping bird of prey. There is a terrifying anxiety that spills out of the speakers wrapping up the listener in the wrestle of conundrums. The angst riven sounds piercing the soul are apposite constructs that leave the audience reaching for the Valium as La Burca extrapolate relevant concerns inside a the duo who have the ability to express deeply held emotions within a skeletal frame.
Having headed over to Bauru with a population of under 350 000 three times one gets a sense of the frustrations of the local environs, which sit inside the jurisdiction of São Paulo where I am aware many will sit transfixed by the football later this year. Brazil has much to say politically as has been evidenced by the riots this past few months.
It is always a pleasure to write about bands who manage to encapsulate not just local concerns, but global complexities within such scant coat hanger formulations.
Thank you La Burca for doing what you do and long may you keep on doing it.
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Irmandade Eletrorgânica from Bauru in Brazil is the psychedelic quintet of Nicholas Bamonte, João Pedro Bamonte, Daniel Yamada, Adauto Filhoand and Guilherme Vazzoler.
Whilst drifting in and out of themes and range Irmandade Eletrorgânica proffer material that captures the ears for its very diversification of influence, which they deliver to the audience in the rawest form. For the very lack of contrivance the listener can’t help but be drawn into the eviscerating conundrum as the quintet lay down a sound-track to their lives.
Themes are allowed to ebb and flow through tracks, giving it a discordance that can only captivate as the mind is left to fill in the missing pieces of the puzzle. Irmandade Eletrorgânica do not seek to be anything other than who they are as they draw the listener to the parameters of surrealism.
If you enjoy your music in its barest form, as I do, then I would posit that Irmandade Eletrorgânica is a band with whom you will engage, if you prefer fully completed pieces of work, then you will need to shift from the recliner to the desk to get the full value of a group of musicians who are prepared to hang themselves out to dry. For this I give them full credit and I commend the quintet for taking the time to expostulate the world as they see it.
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Young Lungs from Bauru in Brazil is the alternative rock quartet of Ellen da Matta (Bass), David Calleja (Guitar), Guilherme (Vocals / Guitar) and José Antônio N. Martinez (Drums).
Spirals of dark clouds tumble around the room as Young Lungs take an acerbic look at the world around them. The quartet deliver understated somewhat melancholic themes inside guitar laden melodies. Switching between acoustic and electronic pieces as the mood of the songs suits, their music makes for an interesting discovery.
Extensive use of bass and percussion beats gives the sounds an expressive brooding presence to which the vocal adds to the sombre atmosphere, whilst guitar develops the themes of the tracks. Only recently getting into their stride the Young Lungs début EP Seeded Player appeared earlier this year. The echoed slightly off-key vocal may not suit everyone’s ears, but rather than striking a discordant note, it suits the themes of the material well.
In keeping with the nature of the songs, the low tech recordings add distinct value to the resulting out-put and I look forward to hearing how the band progress over the coming year.
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Spread a stoner rock band from Osasco in Brazil is Cassiano Pereira (Vocals / Guitar), Pedro Karoço (Bass / Backing Vocals) and Francisco Gomes (Drums).
Another brief article by a band with few songs available to hear. Spread challenge the speakers with their blend of power rock and fuzzed guitar, whilst a resounding percussion keeps the walls bouncing and a searing bass keeps it all connected. The vocal is subsumed within the music giving the audience plenty to get their ears around in well formulated tracks.
I can envisage Spread in live performance, where the highly energetic sounds would capture the audience, developing into a moving mass of humanity and it would be that connection between audience and musicians that has the potential to make this a fire-cracker of a band. That isn’t to say that recordings are of lesser quality, but this is music best to enjoy in the company of others.
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Hollowood from São Paulo in Brazil is the alt-indie quintet of Dan Carelli (Vocals / Guitar), Lucas Takejame (Vocals / Guitar), Renato Cruzatto (Bass / Vocals), Vitor Almeida Lopes (Keys / Synth) and Vitor Kajiro (Drums).
There is a natural uninhibited expressiveness that Hollowood deliver in their sounds. Music that is drawn from the heart and soul of the creators, is played with the carefree abandon that is only possible by a band who truly believe in what they are creating. So it is with some pleasure to introduce the quintet who through their own enthusiasm for their songs, is highly infectious.
That isn’t to say the material doesn’t have thoughtful composition, as it most certainly does, but rather than concentrate on the perfect pitch – Hollowood retain in playing – the enthusiastic nature that came about in the creative process and this makes the audience want to invest in them, for its very honesty.
A range of influences appear in the melting pot of sounds and Hollowood are able to express these thoughts in their out-put, which by the very nature of the composition process means continual change and evolution, including the very recent addition of synths to the line-up. A new LP is currently in the embryonic stage, which may see the light of day later this year.
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