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.
Recorded during second half of 2017 at his home studio, “Tropical Blasé” is Frabin‘s 2nd official album. Its 9 songs float around 80′s synth-pop whilst Victor Fabri, the does-it-all persona behind Frabin, cites Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Neon Indian and Michael Jackson as major influences for his new album.
The title “Tropical Blasé” blossomed on a trip Victor made in Northeastern Brazil by car in 2015. “I was in the middle of several tropical paradises between the North and Northeast of Brazil where there are all these natural landscapes with almost no interference of men… Those are my favourite places. The album cover is on a beach in Piauí. Also, I live on an island, Florianópolis, close to other beautiful natural places, and I make this darker dream pop. So I thought it was the right title to this album”.
To mix the album, Victor decided to use parts of Rob Grant‘s (Tame Impala, Miley Cyrus, Death Cab For Cutie, Pond) mastering. “First mix was made by myself and Rafael Pfleger at the Pimenta do Reino Studios in Florianopolis. I sent the master back to Rob in Australia, but I didn’t like the result for all the tracks. My friend Eduardo Possa mastered a mix of the two 2 versions and in the end, it was a 40/60% of each and sounding as I wanted < / em> “.
Now Frabin is again facing the harshness of engaging audiences in Brazil. “It’s so hard to make some profit from the music scene in Brazil today, I’d have to play and work for many years to be self-sufficient. But I like what I do so I’ll keep on trying to make people listen my songs. So far, the feedback is very good, I try to be my biggest critic at first, I do not know how sincere people are being but since 2014, the people who bump into me always enjoy the sound”.
Spotify : Frabin profile
In 1998 we got in an argument that made headlines in the Brazilian music press: an important festival producer accused us of being “spoiled rich kids who dreamt about making it in London”.
The producer was Paulo André, the guy who helped discover Chico Science & Nação Zumbi and catapulted all Mangue Beat scene from his hometown Recife to significant World recognition.
We were just a small label releasing our first CDs by The Cigarettes and Pelvs, two bands that were scheduled to play in the 1998 edition of Paulo’s festival, Abril Pro Rock, and had their participation denied last minute. None of our bands ever had a fraction of Chico Science’s recognition. Not even in Brazil.
The main reason for the veto was that both Pelvs and Cigarettes sung in English. Fuck, we were pissed off! So, we organized our own festival and called it “Algumas Pessoas Tentam te Fuder” (or “Some People Try to Fuck With You”*).
But we are friends today.
And since November 2017 midsummer madness has a new home – in London.🤔
We are always pissed off when people deny our Brazilianess. What’s wrong with living in Rio de Janeiro and falling in love with my bloody Valentine rather than Caetano Veloso? Yes, we like Mutantes but we still think that Velvet Underground is miles better.
So, this is midsummer madness. We started as a fanzine in 1989, when it’s founder, Rodrigo Lariú, was 16 years old. In 1991, we made mixtapes that sold together with fanzines. Later, in 1994 we got fed up with zining and morphed it into a label, releasing homemade cassette tapes.
Our first cassette was by Drivellers. Since then, we have been releasing Brazilian Music that is not the usual Samba, Bossa Nova, Batucada you might expect.
In 1997 we released our first CDs: The Cigarettes debut, titled “Bingo” and Pelvs second album, “Members to Sunna”. Since then, we have put out cassettes, CDs, CDRs, vinyl and digital albums and EPs.
By July 2018, we reached 153 EPs, 58 albums and 43 singles from more than a 100 bands from Brazil, Argentina (2 artists) and even a compilation album by our idols, British band, The Telescopes.
This is not a success story. We are not in London looking for recognition. We will keep on putting out music that we love and maintaining a 30 year catalog with a thousand of songs because it’s in our blood.
So, we compiled “Tropical Fuzz”. We think it’s a good introduction to our catalog. It will be out on the 17th of August in two formats: a 22-song CD version with limited copies including recent releases, and a digital version with 50 songs covering the old catalog.
(please go to bandcamp and buy the compilation – name your price – to download all 50 tracks)
The CD is titled “Tropical Fuzz: Brazilian Guitars 1995 – 2018″ because the oldest song in the CD is Stellar’s “Sometimes Things Can’t Be Said”, released in cassette mm11 “Thrumming Soothingly”.
The Digital version is titled “Tropical Fuzz: Brazilian Guitars 1988 – 2018″ because it features “Lollipop”, a song from Killing Chainsaw’s first demo, recorded when our fanzine wasn’t even printed.
What to expect? Noisy guitars, northern hemisphere influences, especially from UK and USA, some crossover with Brazilian rhythms and tons of broken English. We always thought that to be our charm. You’d never trust a Japanese guy singing Samba with a perfect accent, would you?
We are not going to describe each band here. It’s 30 years of history and some of these bands no longer exist, especially in the 50-song version. But, please, listen to Tropical Fuzz and tell us which band you liked most and we will be pleased to send you more info about them.
Also, you can browse these websites:
http://midsummermadness.com.br – we relaunched the fanzine, web style, in 2017. All Portuguese written, sorry.
https://www.youtube.com/user/mmrecordsbr - our YouTube page, with dozens of music videos.
Cover art: Beatriz Lamego
Mastering (for CD only): Eduardo Ramos
* Algumas Pessoas Tentam te Fuder / Some People Try to Fuck With You is also the title of a b-side song by Teenage Fanclub.
Valv formed in 2000 when four friends coming from different punk and hardcore bands of their hometown Belo Horizonte decided to embrace post hardcore, emo influences. At that time, emo wasn’t a bad word yet and Valv were listening to Sunny Day Real Estate, Fugazi and Mogwai.
Already experienced musicians, their powerful live performance soon got people’s attention. In 2001 they were one of the first indie Brazilian bands to go to prestigious South By Southwest Festival. Their trail blaze adventure was registered in a documentary for Brazilian TV – here.
Back in Brazil, their first EP “Ammonite” came out in 2001, with 6 songs. Some critics labeled it as post-rock. Indeed, Valv was support band to Mogwai when the Scottish toured Brazil in 2002, but that’s the closest they got to it.
In 2004, they released “The Sense of Movement“, their first and only full album till today. That’s when things started to change, band members moved to different cities and Valv went on halt in 2007.
It was only in 2016, after being asked two new songs for the soundtrack of a documentary, that Valv decided to end it’s hibernation. Remaining members Alessandro Travassos (guitars, vocals) and Luciano Cota (guitars) recruited new old friends from Belo Horizonte’s indie hardcore scene and recorded 5 new songs. “Nautilidae” is their new EP.
This means 18 years and 24 songs officially recorded. One would say this is laziness but it’s not. Valv’s songs are painful, the stories within it are real. Seeing from this point of view, it’s a fair amount of real life made public.
“Nautilidae” was released with the help of Canadian label Cuchabata.
Valv (live in 2016)
When we listened to Lava Divers first time, it sounded like a dream coming true. A band so sharp, sounding so good, with a beautiful vinyl EP already released.
Three years later, Lava Divers travelled miles, four of them – Ana, Joe, Eddie and Glauco – packed in a small car, with instruments, crossing Brazil Southeast to Midwest. “The coolest shows were at festivals in Brasilia and Goiânia, so we could interact with other bands,” recalls Glauco.
In between touring, they recorded 11 songs for their first full length, “Plush”. Some songs are as old as the EP, such as “Natural Born Liar”, “Love Is” and “Inside His Eyes”. “From the early days, we kept some songs because people liked it live. And we had so many new tracks… it was a difficult decision,” explains Glauco.
Lava Divers looks like brothers: to be near them is always good vibes. The integration is reflected in compositions, all collectively credited. “The band has a very organic way of working. Usually some of us come up with an idea and the rest give their contribution. You can tell that ‘Forbidden Steps On Hearts’, ‘My Boy’ and ‘Tearsfall’ are from Ana; ‘Gasoline’, ‘Natural Born Liar’ and ‘Great Mistake’ are Eddie’s. But for us, as the contribution is always generous of all in all songs, we signed as a band and not a specific member. ”
“Plush” was released in September 2017 in digital format only.
Buy, listen in bandcamp
In an interview with Simon Reynolds for Melody Maker in the early 1990′s, Robert Hampson, lead guitar and voice of British group Loop said that his intention was to produce an uncomfortable music that would be heard with your bowels. And if possible, he would love to lock the audience in a room and subjugate it to the hypnosis of his guitars for hours, only to observe the consequences.
Well, musicians in Brazilian quartet Loomer do not have such sadistic wishes. But the music they’ve been producing since 2008 forces you to pay attention with your bowels, albeit involuntarily. It bothers those who do not like guitars in loud volumes and snatches those who spend days with flaming ears tucked inside loudspeakers. Instead of locking a crowd in a room and torturing, Loomer shouts in their ears: “Hey, sit! Now you’re going to listen to us.”
“Deserter” is their second album, follows “You Woudn’t Anyway” (2013) and marks 4th recording if you count the EP “Mind Drops” (2009) and “Coward Soul” (2010). All released in partnership with Sinewave and midsummer madness, forged in DIY punk aesthetics, burned out with abrasive guitars in a 90′s-teen-party atmosphere.
“Deserter” was recorded at Dissenso Studios (in Sao Paulo) and Dub (RS), produced, mixed and mastered by guitarist and vocalist Stefano Fell. Which reminded me of Jim Reid speaking to Brazilian music magazine Bizz, back in the ’80s. Jim said about his older brother William. “He knows how to use the guitar the wrong way.”
Loomer knows too. And that’s a big compliment.
This is what Loomer’s heroes do best – My Bloody Valentine, Dinosaur Jr, Jesus and Mary Chain, Velvet Underground – destroy the image created around the instrument to rebuild it with other possibilities, other sounds, other pulsations.
(text by Filipe Albuquerque)
“Deserter” was released only in digital format.
Listen, download, buy
Spotify – here
When Mark Smith, founder and lead singer of Mancunian The Fall died on January 25, 2018, everyone in midsummer madness was very sad.
Fall released dozens of albums, all restless. They were always averse to establishment and recorded songs about being against. It was the band that best understood and executed the idea(l)s of punk. Not having Mark Smith is a blow.
The number of important artists who died in the last year is significant but we think Mark deserved a tribute. That’s why some midsummer madness bands and partners joined in and re-recorded some songs from Fall.
We present you: “Perverted by Homage: A Tribute to The Fall”
Bonifrate, former Supercordas, went for the oldest song in the tribute. He chose “Dragnet”, from The Fall’s first studio album. He picked the opening track, “Psykick Dance Hall”, about a dance hall for lunatics.
Loomer recorded a less famous song from Fall’s best known album in Brazil, “Bend Sinister”. “Shoulder Pads # 2″ should come after “Shoulder Pads # 1″, which would be recorded by Fábio Bianchini, d’Os Gambitos. But Bianchini stuck. So we just got the 2nd part version. Good enough.
Another former Supercordas, Sandro Rodrigues , aka Digital Amerindian, went for a classic from “Slates” EP from 1981. “Leave the Capitol” became famous for being a song where Falls shouts about their horror to London and to everything that is mainstream.
Another band that adapted songs from Fall was Cassiano Fagundes, aka Cassim, along with its DON project partners. They picked up “Wrong Place, Right Time” and blended with “Frenz Experiment” to create the song “Wrong Frenz.”
Wrapping our small tribute, Marcos Araújo, who had also participated in the tribute to brazilian noise pioneers Second Come with his other band, Soft & Mirabels, has now joined OverEnd friends honoring Fall’s tribute to Kinks by re-recording “Victoria.” This version was the for many Brazilians their first contact with The Fall.
The Fall played once in Brazil, in 1990, when the indie label Stiletto released “Bend Sinister” here.
Cover art is a collage by Augusto Malbouisson.
“Perverted by Homage – a Tribute to The Fall” comes out only in digital format.
There’s no commercial intention in the use of these songs.
Once upon a time, years ago, returning from a festival in Leeds (UK), G. Alves was getting off a bus early in the morning, after a tiring night on the road when an old lady noticed: Look ! What a wonderful Early Morning Sky!
There was no band yet.
In June 2017, G.Alves (vocals and guitar), Gilbert Spaceh (guitar), Xixo Sere (bass) and Mauro Terra (drums), all fans of psychedelic bands from the 60s, space rock and experimental music decided to form Early Morning Sky after a Slowdive show.
The incongruity of that moment years and years ago fitted in well as the name of the band. Even in the face of fatigue, something exciting and noisy may come next. Shoegazerism is an idea: Early Morning Sky musicians were there in the 90′s when the genre was “in vogue”. Now it’s back. This is more then a trend, it’s a lifestyle.
Their first official recording came soon: a version of “Femme Fatale” (Velvet Underground) featured in the compilation “Summer of Love” organized by Cansei do Mainstream, a brazilian blog.
Months later, another song appeared in “Fuzzy Feelings”, a compilation by blog/net-label The Blog That Celebrates Itself. “If I See You Again”, in an early version, pushed the band to record their EP. Home recorded and produced by G.Alves it features 3 new songs and “If I See You Again” re-recorded. It was released in april 2018 in digital and CD formats.
In June, Early Morning Sky made available in streaming their versions for Velvet Underground and Swirlies.
“Bell” is a Swirlies song, which came out in tribute “Protect Yourselves From Aliens – Swirlies Revisited” organized by The Blog That Celebrates Itself. They are one of the Brazilian bands in tribute, which includes the Cult of Lip, Fuzzy Feeling Away Forward, The Lost Shop, Lost Echoes, Uniforms, Sweam, You’re Jovian, Bugjar, ZEIT !, videodays, Kittinger, Adult Color.