The Dead Suns is about comings and goings. Search for the musical history of its four members and you get the picture.
They got together in 2008, under the name of Oort Clouds. Francisco Kraus, former bassist of Eterno Grito, a post-punk-Portuguese-lyrics Brazilian group from 1980′s and later founding member and bassist of Second Come, a pioneer Brazilian grungy-noise band from the 1990′s. (If you don’t know Second Come, Google it using Dado Villa-Lobos or “Justify My Love” as search tags)
Already with three decades of music making on board, Kraus was joined in 2011 by Mauricio Mauk, from 80′s psychobilly Big Trep, Renato Fernandes and Yuri Pinta, the latter from lo-fi indie Beally to find their definitive formation.
Together, four friends recorded “New Days for a Better Man” their first album. It smells musty like a collection of collages from the past, but the idea is not nostalgia. They rather look at the past for references and reshape it with loads of fun and forward thinking, to use references as they own it.
And they do. These guys have been on the run since early 80′s. And this is like a road-map album, a journey through different landscapes of their bumpy obscure road.
From the fast-paced opening track “Living Among The Stars”, to the illuminated in psychedelic flares “Get in the Way” with its beautiful message, The Dead Suns shines high in this album. You will hear slices from Black Sabbath, Echo & the Bunnymen, Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins and that’s absolutely normal.
Grab a beer & listen up!
“New Days for a Better Man” was recorded, produced and released by the band in partnership with midsummer madness and The Blog That Celebrates Itself.
Fabio Bianchini is one of those guys that would qualify for the employee of the month, with framed picture on the wall.
He is also a pioneer.
Fabio is from the 1990′s generation that signed “Indie Brazil” internet mailing list, likes BMX Bandits and Yo La Tengo and publishes fanzines. His “job” at midsummer madness began in the summer of 1996, with the release of Superbug’s first cassete tape “Baby, Baby” and later, in 2003, a 4-song EP called “Hot Milk”.
So, when Bianchini sent us an e-mail in 2008 telling that he had new songs, we immediately thought it was Superbug stuff.
It was not.
He then introduced us to Os Gambitos. He is still not sure if his solo project is called Gambitos or Os Gambitos… In a seaside town like Florianópolis, full of perfect bodies strolling around the beach, if you have thin legs (gambitos) or not, deciding on the band’s name makes a huge difference: is it yours or someone else’s?
Bianchini has two new songs: “Ghosts” and “Pop Songs Your Tinder Match is too stupid to know about”. But why making it 2 separate singles instead of an EP? “I had two cool pictures that I wanted to use as cover arts, ” he explains.
Lyrics for the latter (here) are full of references to bands like Wilco, Jesus & Mary Chain, Alvvays, Teenage Fanclub, Pastels, and also to Brazilian bands you probably never heard of, like Deep Noise, Wry, Cigarettes, The Concept, Minds Away, Magic Glow, Weed, Frabin, Pelvs, Low Dream, Sleepwalkers and Grenade.
It tells a story of a Tinder match that does not share the same excitement for indie bands. After listing names, he gives up after realising that the match has never ever heard of The Pastels.
Does Bianchini ever dreamt of finding such a perfect combination in Tinder? “Once I met a girl who said how wonderful Neutral Milk Hotel was. Everything can happen, man.”
Listen to Gambitos
“Looking for the Big Star” is The Baudelaires‘ third album. For the first time, all tracks have shared authorship split in the band. Drummer Bruno Oliveira and bassist Marcelo Damaso wrote 4 of the 10 songs in the album. Other six tracks were wrote by Baudelaire’s most prolific composers, Andro Baudelaire and Marcelo Kahwage.
After a season in the United States, Andro returned with a bunch of songs and experience in producing. He also brought essential recording equipament to home record the album in full. “Looking for the Big Star” was also produced by Andro and Gustavo Vasques.
Drenched with guitar riffs and mellow lyrics, “Looking for the Big Star” is a homage to the american 70′s band “Big Star”. The album was released only in digital format.
Or listen to it at Spotify
Motormama‘s song “Não Sou Mais o Mesmo Sujeito,” has now an unusual music video:
The song is taken from their 4th and most recent album “Fogos de Artifício” released in early 2017. In the music video, Major Tom ‘Pig’ Gagarin, a South American cosmonaut, returns to his hometown for a night out and goes to Motormama gig. Sure thing to do if you were an astronaut…
The video is directed by F.L. Piton based in an idea by guitarist and vocalist Régis Martins. It was shot at Ribeirão Preto’s cultural centre “Espaço A Coisa”.
Check Motormama’s latest album:
Last August Lautmusik, post-punk 5 piece from the South of Brazil, published a music video for the song “Stargazer”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0NA2LyDC78
The song is on the 2nd album, “Juniper”, released in 2015 by midsummer madness. The music video was directed by Maria Alice Machado and photography direction was in the hands of Eduardo Nascimento Rosa.
Frabin released last week a new EP titled “Nope” with four new tracks. This is Victor Fabrin’s solo project first new songs after his debut was out in 2015.
One of new songs, “Habits”, already has a music video made in VHS.
Those songs were recorded at Frabin’s home studio sometime in the middle of 2016. Again, they were mastered by Rob Grant, in Poons Head Studio, Perth, Australia.
Frabin argues: “Grant have worked with an incredible list of artists that I admire, such as Tame Impala, Miley Cyrus. He also uses an absurd amount of vintage and analog gear to process the songs that take my 4 track recorded songs to a different level in ‘Nope’”
The picture for the cover art is Victor’s mums, Mrs. Edna Silva. “It’s a small part of a picture she took when we went to a Pool Park in 1999, and I was just 5 years old. I know it’s a bit abstract but it gives me a nostalgic comfort that I wanted for this songs“.
“Nope” is available in digital, cassete and CD format. You can buy it from our bandcamp.
After a long tour that began in April and ended in July, Justine Never Knew the Rules released a new song: “Polar Bear (Hibernation Song)”.
A new music videos featuring images of their last tour with scenes in Goiânia, Uberlândia, Brasilia and kilometers of roads within Brazilian countryside.
Directed by Fabrício Vianna and Marceli Marques (from Lobotomia studios), the video also shows cameo appearances from other bands like Loomer and Lava Divers.
Listen and buy “Polar Bear [Hibernation Song]” – bandcamp
Formed in 1991, Brasília’s Low Dream released two albums, one cassete and a compilation of extras. Now their catalog is available in digital format. “Dreamland” (the demo), “Between My Dreams & the Real Things” (1st album), “Reaching for Balloons” (2nd album) and the compilation “Soundscapes” are also available in Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music, Google Music, Amazon Music and several others.
first demo tape, with 4 songs, produced by Geruza from the Brazilian punk-metal band Escola de Escândalos.
Released only on cassette tape, it sold approximately 800 copies. Original version had a blue cover, xeroxed in a crappy paper. So, we needed a new cover for the digital re-release. This one was designed by Low Dream’s drummer Giovanni Fernandes.
tracklist: Treasure (demo); My Dear Ocean (demo); I Never Had Sugar Dreams (demo); Candy (demo)
Between My Dreams And The Real Things (1995)
first album with 10 songs, also produced by Geruza in his studio Artimanha (Brasilia).
The album bogged down more than a year of waiting until their label, Rock It!, was able to press it on CD. Although being distributed by major EMI, the album went to supermarkets and department stores and was stranded. Meanwhile, Low Dream broke out Brazil playing dreadful places.
tracklist: Lose My Dreams (in a Deep Blue Sky); Chasing a Butterfly; My Garden; Sugar Drops (for a Fairy); Only a Finest Breeze; I Never Had Sugar Dreams; Precious Love; Watching Caroline´s Dream; Treasure; Candy
Released originally as a cassete compilation of extras, it featured only acoustic recordings made for Brazilian radio program “Cult 22″. In 2001, midsummer madness re-released “Soundscapes” cassete as CD including a version of “Jesus Come Back to Earth” (taken from “Where Is My Rock’n’Roll?” – tribute to Arnaldo Baptista, 2001, label: Dabliú ) and Drugstore‘s “Starcrossed” version. For this digital re-released, the original cover was replaced by a new one (also designed by Giovanni).
tracklist: Acid.trip.smile (acoustic); A Sky Between Us (acoustic); From The Ocean Inside Your Bewitched Eyes (acoustic); Rocket Ride (acoustic); Shine (acoustic); These Little Things Touch Me Everytime (acoustic); Starcrossed (Drugstore); My Dear Ocean (acoustic); Jesus Come Back to Earth (Arnaldo Baptista)
Reaching For Balloons (1996)
Second album, released only in CD format through band’s own Uptight label.
Only 1000 copies were pressed. Features 12 tracks, self-produced, surely their best album. Smashing Pumpkins meets Stereolab, lyrics in French and English, features a 2nd guitarist, Luis Eduardo. Unfortunatelly, Low Dream split an year after releasing this album.
tracklist: From The Ocean Inside Your Bewitched Eyes; A Sky Between Us; These Little Things Touch Me Everytime; Rocket Ride; Shine; Me And My Friend The Rain; Balloon Head; Trois Millions D´Etoiles; Acid.trip.smile; What We Feel; Ultra Violet; Reaching for Balloons Bonus Track
“After waves and waves of rather good but trite nu gaze bands, something this fresh is rather remarkable. Kudos Devilish Dear.”
Braulio Almeida (glass-wearing guy on the right in the picture) started writing songs 20 years ago, when he was just a teenager aged 16. Nowadays he’s works with 2D and 3D animation for advertising in TV and short films. He also runs a sound design studio where he crafts soundtracks for games, TV and ads.
He met Rômulo Collopy (bass player) during his studies at Villa-Lobos, a music school in Rio de Janeiro, and they both met Shelly Modesto (vocals) in old social network Orkut. “Yeah, old school. This was around 2007″, remembers Braulio. The album “These Sunny Days” was shaped during almost 10 years: “I listened to all our archived ideas and blended the album using all that was worth. Cos’, if you don’t, you end up with all those beautiful useless riffs, this is bad karma”.
“These Sunny Days” was originally released in october 2015 with 8 tracks and a bonus. Shoegaze guitars, lots of post production effects and assertive electronic beats scattered here and there will remind you of my bloody Valentine, Medicine and Cocteau Twins, especially when Shelly sings.
Despite all the sophistication of the songs, Devilish Dear never played a gig. “These songs are my hobby, my contribution to people that like the same kind of music that I do“, points Braulio. “A email from someone saying they liked is good enough, puts no money in my pocket. But this is about something else“.
In february 2017, midsummer madness teamed up with Devilish Dear to promote “These Sunny Days”. And with very little effort, the band started receiving very enthusiastic feedback:
- shoegazer and indie-rock oriented YouTube Channel Underrated republished their songs to immediate mouth-to-mouth explosion of views;
- UK’s Overblown music blog said “It’s kind of like if a Madchester band had been led by Kevin Shields. Dancey, grooving rhythms are laid down behind the swirling, reverb drenched guitars, and ghostly vocals“.
- Dutch blog Luminous Dash wrote: “Altogether the songs with the vocals of singer Modesto results in a sound that sometimes is surprisingly close to Curve“.
After all that feedback, the band is currently working on new material to come up late this year. This hobby will either make Devilish Dear famous or more people happy. Both are ok for them.
Listen, download and/or buy Devilish Dear’s “These Sunny Days” at bandcamp
Listen to Devilish Dear’s “These Sunny Days” at Spotify
Listen to Devilish Dear’s “These Sunny Days” at Deezer
Listen to Devilish Dear’s “These Sunny Days” at Apple Music
Braulio, Rômulo and Shelly organized a playlist of their favorites, have a listen
It would be a waste of time to enumerate all the reasons why living today is shit: Donald Trump elected; BRExit; Rio de Janeiro declaring bankruptcy, the restaurant next to my house that served the best feijoada at $ 12.90 abruptly closed.
Life nowadays is shit. But to endure, to keep your head upright, the spine erect and the heart quiet, escaping from reality is fundamental. And I believe that you, like me, were raised escaping into music. So, believe in 2016, the best way to get away from the world is to play “Sky High”, the new Fish Magic album.
You must be thinking: “this guy was invited to write about the album, he’s going to laud it” but no. Believe me. “Sky High” transports you. It was the first sensation I had when I listened to the whole record. Because it’s different from what you expect from a brazilian rock band. Because Mario Quinderé, a veteran in Brazil’s independent scene, did not hide his feelings, his moments of solitude to compose “Sky High”.
This is Fish Magic’s 2nd album, its first was released in 2015, “Songs From the Night Shift“. Regis Damasceno, Quinderé’s partner since their pioneer indie bands in Fortaleza in the 1990s (one played in a band called Dead Poets and the latter in Velouria) co-produced both albuns. “Sky High” has 11 tracks, most of it recalls the best of brit rock, made in Rio, but could be London or Manchester. The softness, the ethereal, the details in the guitar lines and the soft vocal of Quinderé.
“Fish Magic is all that I like: music, movies, pictures. So I think Rio is in it, yes. The light and the evenings here… I spend a lot of my free time on my porch, just watching the buildings, the apartments and the people inside it, how light falls on them, traveling in the sky from here. I think the record was made on my balcony and, partly, that’s why I named it ‘Sky High’”, explains Quinderé. “Also, I read an interview with Tim Burguess (Charlatans) saying that today he is sober but before his life was sky high. I thought: that’s it! In my case, not drugs. Creating these songs for Fish Magic is my sky high“.
(freely adapted from Alexandre Petillo’s text about Sky High. Petillo is a brazilian journalist and writer)
“Sky High” is out now on digital format through midsummer madness
“Landscape in the Mist” has a music video out too