It’s been over half a year since the Doomsday Broadcast Demo has been released. Since then, we’ve been working on 2 add-on songs. “NS12″ (Work title) is in production now and here is a little sample of what this song is becoming.
Most of the instruments aren’t recorded for real yet, so this sample is just to give you a little impression of the song we are working on! In the upcoming weeks, we’ll be recording real bass guitar and new electric guitars.
You may find out that the all round level of the sample is quite low. This is not coincidence, cause the track is produced on the new / upcoming EBU R-128 Broadcast standard. This means that the average sound-pressure level is scaled down to -23LUFS, with a overall -1dB True Peak. So crank up your volume and enjoy real dynamics!
Last week, I got a message from the guys from Os Tangarás that a famous music journalist, Arthur Dapieve, had posted a message on Twitter, saying: “This is the first candidate for the best chorus of 2013″. Of course that’s great news! But the next day, I received another message saying: “Os Tangarás article in O Globo!!!”
For the “non-brasilian” between us, O Globo is Rio de Janeiro’s biggest daily paper. Arthur Dapieve is a journalist and music critic who writes for this paper. He also released six books, including the biography of Renato Russo, one of the greatest brazilian rock stars, and a book about the boom of brazilian rock in the 80′s.
This is a free translation of the article.
- ROCKER EPIPHANY
There are some entities that are too powerfull to have their names mentioned. They just show up. In my last text, about the first Barão Vermelho’s LP, I said that the first one to support the band was the famous music critic Ezequiel Neves. In the same day, I had an “ezequelian” epiphany.
First of all, I’ll contextualize. The Wikipedia page about Ezequiel Neves it’s very short. And he was a member of what I call my “Fab Six”. When I was a student, I didn’t enjoy music only, I enjoy reading about music. And there were these six critics that I always read: Ana Maria Bahiana, Ezequiel Neves, Jamari França, José Emílio Rondeau, Luiz Antônio Mello and Tárik de Souza. Each one with his own style, every one of them taught me to listen to music better and also to write better.
Althought “Exagerado” is the main song of Cazuza, it also talks about Ezequiel, co-writer of the song with Leoni and Cazuza. The funny exaggeration was his existential signature. The critic used to like to tease about some things (like when he called progressive rock “faggot’s dressing table rock”) and some legendary enthusiasms. First of all, he was a big fan of the Rolling Stones, so he had a nickname: Zeca Jagger. And then, he became a fan of Barão Vermelho. But it wasn’t only that.
Here’s the beginning of his critic to the triple The Clash’s LP “Sandinista!”: “Insane! Totally insane! It’s hard to believe that The Clash could do something even more devastating than in “London Calling”, released last year. But that’s what happens in this fucking crazy album Sandinista!, their fifth sinister masterpiece”.
How many of us cogitate to use exclamations in a text nowadays? And use the expression “fucking crazy”? It would be wrong, however, to suppose that Zeca used to write as he speaks: he used to write what he feels. It’s a shame that he had only released one book, “Barão Vermelho – why we are like that?”, co-written by the drummer of the band Guto Goffi.
I remember meeting him one night. We were talking and he said he was 67 year’s old. I said he didn’t look like the age he had (it was true). He gave me a typically answer: “the boys are not complaining”. He died when he was 74 years old, in 2010, in the same day that his great friend Cazuza died in 1990: july, the 7th.
But back to my epiphany… It would be ridiculous to imitate Ezequiel’s style to honour him. But, last friday, I guess i felt part of he must felt when he heard the tape of Barão Vermelho in 1981. I was complaining about the “prozac-ation” of the society and its effects on pop music, and a reader of my texts sent me the link to the first clip of his son’s band, “Você Ainda Vai Me Ver Com Outra”. Lowly, he thought that the work had feelings.
I watched it. I saw a band playing in the streets and images of Rio. I heard a basic, but not naif rock, melodic, but not sissy, debauchee, but not trying to be funny. Their sound reminds me of Noel Rosa, Rolling Stones, Jovem Guarda, Barão Vermelho, Britpop. Very nice, very nice. Then, after a break, the chorus hit me, with guitars that may shock you: “Você ainda vai me ver com outra / Você ainda vai se sentir pior que eu / Você ainda vai chorar na cama / Você ainda vai se arrepender do que aconteceu”.
I thought they were the first candidate for the best chorus of 2013. I found out that they were the last candidate for the best chorus of 2012. Os Tangarás – that’s their name – exist since 2011, but they only released their first work last month. The five tracks of the EP “Diamantes” are available for free in their Soundcloud (and it seems that they are in something called Facebook too). I downloaded and quickly burned a CD (I’m old school). Since then, I only listen to Tangarás.
With an average age of 22 years old, Ciro Acioli (vocals), Nino Ottoni and Lucas Gonzalez (guitars), Miguel Dias (bass) and Daniel Falcão (drums) do not exaggerate like Cazuza, but they also had some sarcasm when talk about love. Or about the end of love. In the soul-rock “Não Sei Viver Como Você”, they argue with the girl: according to her, I can’t relax / but it’s easy for her with all those medicines to take / Rivotril, Prozac and Cachaça to dose it all / go threat yourself!”. The boring girl appears again in the ballad “Só”: “she asks me if she can opine in what I do / Of course she can’t! / And asks me why I don’t go to the easier way / I lose my mind!”. Teenager? Well, every lover has acne in his face.
I’m not Zeca and the band is not the new “Barão Vermelho”. Comparisons with Zico had already end the career of lots of young and good football players in Flamengo. But I just think that the Tangarás deserve at least 18 minutes and 44 seconds of your time. When we have so much electronic bossa to play on elevators and so many clones of Los Hermanos (a famous brazilian band), Os Tangarás saved my week, maybe my vacations.
The guys from Tangarás are very busy promoting their E.P. at the moment. With this article they have a few more posts on different websites like, 505indie.com.br, who outline their latest video.
Stay tuned cause we are hitting 5000 plays on the “Diamantes E.P.!