Do you remember your mixtapes from the 90s?
Well, in Brazil we were hooked by a band that came from the Middle Western town of Goiânia. At that time, Goiânia was not known for its music festivals or for Boogarins and Carne Doce.
Formed by Éder Lopes, Júlio “Zuno” Garcia, João Paulo and Alexandre Inox (pictured above from left to right) in 1990, they put out their only release around 1997, a cassette titled “Grape Storms” with 7 songs. Extremely well-produced for Brazilian standards of the 90s, the tape got them articles in several fanzines and a slot at Screamadelica Festival, one of the few times they played in Sao Paulo.
Grape Storms ended in 1998. Two years later it was the first release that we reissued in our “Classics” series. Only two years and they were already considered classic! The reissue came out as a seven-song cassette, including a version for The Cure’s “A Letter to Elise,” and a CDR version with 10 songs. Now we are re-reissuing the CDr version as a digital release (bonus tracks only available if you buy at Bandcamp).
And Grape Storms still sound fresh!
aliendawg. and Moon Pics are two different projects.
aliendawg. (written with lowercase and a dot) is Luiz Spíndola, 21, from a small town in the middle of Brazil called Formosa, nowadays living in Brasília, while Moon Pics is Adriano Caiado, 23, born in Brasília.
They met at a skatepark in Brazil’s D.C. and exchanged links to get acquainted with one another: Adriano used to play in a band called Corvalis while Luiz had his own bedroom project called Transporte Passivo. Their musical tastes matched as well as a mutual interest in DIY production. So, they began to exchange song ideas.
With each one recording in his own room, they decided to release an EP together. “I don’t remember exactly when but we always commented on collaborating”, says Adriano. Luiz adds: “ I sent ‘Give In’ to Adriano because I really like the melodies he can create for vocals”.
Both songs were recorded using Ableton and Logic, a Behringer microphone, a copy of Fender Stratocaster – all direct on a Vox Pathfinder 15r amplifier as a preamplifier and final tones generated via software; the percussion came out of an electronic drum. Bedroom-pop in its purest form.
Adriano mentions Grouper’s “Cover the Windows and the Walls” albums and William Basinski’s “Disintegration Loops” as influences on these recordings, while Luiz has been listening to a lot of Radiohead, Dot Hacker and Gorillaz, as well as recent discoveries like Preoccupations and Omni.
“a genuine bedroom pop release, introducing two auspicious, bright new minds which show that they have a lot to offer to the world of shoegaze”.
Check on this webvideo for “Give In” edited by a friend using images from a short movie from 1949, titled “Begone Dull Care” by Norman McLaren & Evelyn Lambart:
“The problem is that I didn’t stop composing, I was piling songs up”. In 2017, Fish Magic released the single “Neon Love“, mostly electronic and an easier way to put songs out without depending on others.
But it did not work. For him, the natural process of recording depends on friends, companionship.
On this third album, “Just a Light Away”, Mario grouped with Régis Damasceno (Velouria, Mr Spaceman, OPorto, Cidadão Instigado) to select amongst the pile of songs which would be the 10 tracks and they recorded together, as it happened in the former 2 albums.
“Just a Light Away” also had a helping hand on the mixing for two songs (“Do not Come Knocking” and “Low Tide”) by drummer Clayton Martin (Cidadão Instigado, Bárbara Eugênia) and also the help of Ivan Bicudo (Sexy Fi) playing keyboards in “Anywhere High”.
This is Fish Magic’s album with more guitars to date. Lloyd Cole, New Order and Smtihs’ influences are still there, side by side with surf melodies that might appeal to INXS, Bolshoi and Pelvs fans.
(photo by Paula Barrene)
It’s been almost 3 and a half years since “These Sunny Days” was released by the band itself on their Bandcamp page. Later, in January 2017, when the unpretentious debut album was relaunched via midsummer madness, something unusual happened: Bandcamp’s Editorial writers fell in love with the album.
Why the album wasn’t noticed before, no one knows.
Fact is that the quote from the Editorial team of Bandcamp sparked a snowball of interest in the band that resulted in a few dozen downloads on midsummer madness’ Bandcamp. After that, “These Sunny Days” won several accolades from gringo blogs and was listed in some best of 2017 lists.
The unexpected interest brought new responsibilities to Bráulio , Shelly and Romulo. “These Sunny Days” was the result of nearly 10 years of procrastination and creation (read about it here). Recording new songs seemed like a challenge.
During 2017 and 2018, several sketches of the 2nd album were made. “Process is very chaotic, explains Bráulio, “It’s me cutting and pasting bits and pieces of everything I hear. After months listening to those little Frankensteins, if it’s not disregarded, I start to work on it as a track .”
In addition to this slow creation process, Devilish Dear’s routine is not of a normal band. Bráulio always said that the band is a hobby: “We write songs just for the sound of it, the aesthetics. We never played a gig and this is an impediment. If people continue listening, it’s really rewarding. “
“Appalish” EP started taking shape after 2018′s New Year. “Glass React” was half-ready for quite some time when “Appalish” was recorded. Then, they decided to deliver something new before oblivion hits.
“Glass React” and “Appalish” will be on Devilish Dear’s 2nd album, almost ready but still untitled and without a release date.
“Glass React” also has a music video where the song version is a little different from the versio one on the EP:
Pedro Baapz is just 23 years old and records dream-pop songs in his bedroom, pompously called Baapz Studio, in Juiz de Fora, Brazil.
Macintushie is one another dot, but probably, the central one.
The project began in September 2018, when Isabel told Pedro she had plans to move to another country. The duo decided to record as much as possible. Old songs in their hard-drives became alive, with Isabel delivering lyrics and singing. Songs about being together and leaving, about loss and loneliness. “Talk ’bout” has some parts in Portuguese that says “Only those who miss / knows what missing does“. So simple and beautifully sung in Portuguese.
To blend all together, their friend Ruan was called to add some guitars and the bass line in “Triplexxx”. In less than a month, six songs where recorded.
Pedro sent the tracks to Bráulio Almeida from Devilish Dear, who he knew from previous works with Alles Club. Braulio mastered the songs and sent to midsummer madness, and here we are!
You can name it bedroom pop, dream pop, pc music or even shoegaze, or chillwave. Pedro, Isabel and Ruan go deeper: they are interested in deconstruction and reconstruction. “For me, Pedro adds, “art nowadays needs to be in constant interaction: film and streaming, advertising and memes. And music isn’t different. It has to go against any aesthetic prejudice. You are not obliged to like everything you listen to, you just need to dissociate yourself from any conservative aesthetics. Conservatism in art is not what we need in such a dark period as the one we are living”.
Macintushie released its debut, the 6 song EP “Stillwitchu” on the 15th of April in digital format only.
(photo by Rodrigo Baumgratz)
Today is the first official day of 2019 Brazilian carnival. Five days of dancing in the streets, getting drunk and being yourself.
We chose to release this cold minimalist single by Lombroso.
“Glass” has nothing to do with Phillip Glass, obviously not (the duo prefer La Monte Young)! It was recorded with modular equipment and tons of analogue effects. And that the album cover is also in analogue photography because all of this is very fashionable.
This is the record Marcus Salgado and Eduardo Ramos wanted to release 20 years ago when the two were involved with an urban legend called Jerssons. In 1999, we were worried about the millennium bug. Today, everything is bugged.
Mike quit writing music in the late 2000s because he could never “materialize the sounds that were in his head“. After some research, he realised that recording these unconscious sounds have become much easier in the late 2010s.
“We’re Losing the Light” EP came out in August 2018 with 5 songs. Layers and layers of guitars, urgent drum-machine beats and the sweetness of Daniela’s voice filled the debut. Mike lists Swans, Mogwai and, of course, MBV as their inspirations.
“Eastern Sky Sundown” is the first single from an album on the making, still with no release date decided. It also marks the start of a collaboration between the band and midsummer madness, that is putting out the single and previous EP on its platforms.
Strawberry Licor is from Itapetininga, a small city in the rich countryside of the Brazilian State of São Paulo. During the 90′s, kids have grown up listening to Independent albums from the US and UK, skateboarding and fighting boredom. One of the things to do was to form a band and have some fun.
Not much has changed: in July 2014, friends Raoni Rocha (bass), Gabriel Wiltemburg (guitar and vocals) and Luciano Ayub (guitar and vocals) started rehearsing together.
After a few personnel changes on the drums, the lineup was established with Yuri Naoto on drums and the above original members. They all know each other from local bands: Luciano played with Pencil Sharpeners and in the legendary Headache; Yuri Naoto plays with Mar de Lobos (whom Strawberry Licor released a split together) and Gabriel Wiltemburg also plays in another band on midsummer madness’ cast, Justine Never Knew the Rules.
Their first EP came out in 2016, “Pupsy” has 6 songs recorded during 2 years. “It was a time-consuming process because of the in-and-out of drummers. It also was self-produced and recorded in different places,” recalls Gabriel.
That’s why later they decided to put out singles: “Megastore” came out in 2017 and “Aim” in 2018. The later is the result of a solitary Gabriel’s afternoon: “One of the drummers had just left, we were not composing nor rehearsing. One day, alone at home after a sad relationship episode, I wrote and recorded Aim. I showed it to the guys the next day and we decided to launch it as it was”, explains Gabriel
For the last two years, they have played some shows such as the opening parties of the Circadélica festival in 2018, and shared the bill with some Brazilian bands like Terno Rei, Wry, Biggs, Victor Brauer.
They have finished recording their debut album entitled “Johnny“, a tribute to Luciano’s father, that recently passed away. The album is scheduled to be released in the beginning of 2019.
“I Feel Like a Kid” is the first single from this album:
Iorigun formed from the ideas of Iuri Moldes (vocal/guitar) and Moysés Martins (bass/vocal) in 2014. They come from Feira de Santana, the second biggest city in the State of Bahia, famous for its sunny weather, Tropical coconut beaches and samba-reggae. Finding comfort and inspiration in colder, darker sounds, they later joined forces with Leonel Oliveira (drums) and Fred Lima (guitar/vocal) to record their first EP “Empty Houses // Filled Cities” released by themselves in October 2017.
Their music deranges from the place they live: its fast beats and gloomy guitar riffs, with direct post-punk influences from the 80′s may also be compared to 00′s Interpol, Iceage, Yuck, Place to Bury Strangers. All these influences are strange to Feira de Santana listeners. In its first years, the band decided to travel around the region, especially to 1h30 distant Salvador, betting on their live performance to gather new audiences.
And it worked. Some Brazilian blogs listed Iorigun as one of the acts to keep an eye on for 2018. In August 2018, they became part of midsummer madness’ casting and their first EP started being distributed by the label as an introduction to their new material, recent released second EP “Skin“.
Constantly creating new songs in arid Feira de Santana left the quartet with a difficult task of choosing songs for the 2nd EP. During this selection process, Brazil was facing a troubled political moment, an unexpected wave of conservatism that resulted in the election of a far-right Christian President. Iorigun felt some thoughts should flourish in “Skin”.
Musically, they abandoned melodic riffs, embracing strangeness and obscurity. Tension, fear and despair are results of this excavation of oneself. In shock, they asked themselves: “Why waiting for something from someone if it is already so difficult to expect some change from ourselves? We need to set the example“.
Hope is that Iorigun’s music continues to resonate inside and outside of Brazil:
“… the introspective, icy song with soft guitars will appeal to fans of Beach Fossils, Yuck, FOALS and even Placebo.”
Lost Hits – link
“IORIGUN is a Brazilian post-punk quartet inspired by the likes of The Cure, Foals and Diiv. The band’s self-produced, four-track debut EP – Empty. Our Song of the Day, “Crash Into The Sun,” is’ Empty. Houses / / Filled.
Something Good Music – link
“Iorigun impresses on this track by the construction of the instrumental, which is gaining layers, increasing the intensity of the yearning for freedom, for the delivery to what the city has to offer to satisfy the hunger to live that conducts the work.” >
Timbre – link
“Brazilian outfit channel the frantic-pace of Foals on this energetic indie-rock gem.”
Mystic Sons – link
Spotify – link
Sandro Rodrigues, aka Digital Amerindio, released in 2013 his 1st and only album “Intensos Animais Imperceptíveis” after a series of homemade recordings. The album was originally released via Brazilian label Cloud Chapel as a 10-track streaming and homemade CDR. Now it’s being re-released to streaming through midsummer madness.
“Intensos Animais Imperceptíveis” (translates to Intense Imperceptible Animals) was the celebration of years of partnerships between several friends from the countless bands that Sandro had been playing as a drummer since 1991. The lonely process of home recording songs resulted in three EPs, originally released by Bonifrate‘s blog-label Shroom Records.
When Sandro was invited to play an important show in 2012, he decided it was time to gather some friends. Recruiting was fruitful: calling themselves Mouse Mouse Joe, Digital Ameríndio grouped with Löis Lancaster (from Brazilian freak-music Zumbi do Mato), Pedro Bonifrate (from Brazilian psychedelic trailblazer Supercordas and now solo), Robson Riva and maestro Gabriel Ares. Productive rehearsals led to the album being created. It features special guests Chinese Cookie Poets in the song “Janela”.
When the album was out, in 2013, Sandro had to move to the northern Brazilian State of Maranhão, leaving the project in halt. Cloud Chapel, the label, also folded. “Intensos Animais Imperceptíveis” became a hidden treasure.
Five years later, the psychedelic-lo-fi-soul album is again available. Sandro plans to reunite the band, despite geographical distances. Bonifrate left Mouse Mouse Joe amicably to concentrate on being a father and to dedicate to his solo music.”To return from Maranhão in 2018, a year of difficult political disarray, and try to put everything together again is proving extremely hard. Any plan in Brazil will need dialogue with an unpromising political-cultural reality that seems to be settling here“, wrote Sandro via email.