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.
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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