Os Mutantes plus Capsula
Saturday Nov 16 8:00PM
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Advance priced tickets have ended at WMNF, by phone & on-line... This is going to be an awesome show and we have plenty of $25 tickets to see at the door (or check an outlet for the $20 advanced tickets)... Both bands are playing long sets! Door opens at 7pm, music at 8pm
Name just about any trippy rock musician you admire today - David Byrne, Beck, Wayne Coyne - and there's a good chance he/she is a fan of Os Mutantes.
Os Mutantes are much more, in fact, than "the mutants" of Sao Paulo's late ’60s Tropicalia scene; since their founding in 1966 by brothers Arnaldo Baptista and Sergio Dias with singer Rita Lee, they’ve pursued evolution, revolution, musical activism and extreme experimentation at every bend in the road. They’ve also weathered lineup changes, near-death tragedy, break-ups, years of silence, bumpy reunions and tiring but triumphant world tours, often fueled (in the early days, to be sure) by all manner of hallucinogens. And these are just the broad strokes.
Even if the band had never made another album - and they almost didn’t - after 1974’s prog-rock obscurity Tudo Foi Feito Pelo Sol (“Everything Was Made by the Sun”), there’s little doubt that the likes of Kurt Cobain, David Byrne, Beck, Devendra Banhart, the Flaming Lips and many more still would have felt the Mutantes’ influence. Their appeal resides in the ranginess of their music, and to this day, it’s an ever-morphing aesthetic that Dias - now as de facto frontman, lead guitarist and guiding creative force - continues to develop with the latest incarnation of the band.
“I feel like I’m finally achieving what I wanted, which is basically to have the entire band writing together,” he says, referring to the way the majority of Fool Metal Jack - Os Mutantes’ ninth studio album, and their first to be recorded almost entirely in English—came to fruition. “We got into a ping-pong way of writing that was very much like improvisation. That’s why most of the parts on the album are first takes. There comes a point in your life, especially when you’re deep into music, that you know when you’re ready. You know what to do, so you just go and do it. There’s no matter of perfection or thinking about it. I don’t work like that. I go for the spontaneity. Then when it’s time to tour, I have trouble trying to figure out what the hell I did [laughs].”
Dias assembled the current lineup in 2008, in the wake of a brief but wildly successful reunion tour with older brother Arnaldo that opened in London before rolling through a string of American cities. They were so warmly received that Dias caught the bug to do it again - this time with some fresh material at the ready. 2009’s Haih Or Amortecedor featured contributions from Brazilian legends Jorge Ben and Tom Ze, and was the first Mutantes studio album to be released in more than 35 years. New and younger audiences in America and around the world suddenly embraced the band as their own.
“It was ridiculous, man,” Dias recalls fondly. “I mean, to play New York is easy. To play L.A. is easy. But when you go to the middle of the country, to a small town like Lawrence, Kansas—here’s this wild band from Brazil, playing the old songs and putting out a new album in Portuguese, and everyone just went crazy. And I think this is a movement that is happening because of the power of indie music and the demolishment of the empire of the record companies. Everything used to be very separated, but now it seems more like Brazil!”
They have a 2013 release, Fool Metal Jack, which crackles with depth, confidence and complexity. Fool Metal Jack embodies the sound and spirit of a band that has not only recalibrated its past, but also redefined its future by remaining open to new ideas, new directions, and new ways of making music and interpreting the world. For Dias, that’s exactly what Os Mutantes have been about from the beginning, and now that they’ve settled into a constant state of recording and touring again, he can’t wait to bring new fans into the fold.
“To be accepted now in America is such a blessing,” he says. “It’s so beautiful. We could never imagine that back in 2005. If anybody asked me then if I was gonna do a tour of North America, I’d have said no way—it’ll never happen. I had no idea at all that Mutantes would come and claim my life again, and that the music would survive myself. That’s just a beautiful thing to be a part of.”
Capsula are an indie rock/garage rock band from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Their name is the Spanish word for capsule and derives from the David Bowie song "Space Oddity". Described as live animals on stage by the press, their mix of raw noise with sonic sounds results in an exciting live act. Here's David Fricke of Rolling Stone described their set at SXSW:
‘It was only 9 p.m. on opening night when I hit my first pay dirt of this year’s SXSW in Austin: Capsula a kinetic trio from Bilbao, Spain — singer-guitarist Martin Guevara and bassist Coni Duchess, the band’s founding couple, are originally from Argentina — who were supposed to be obsessed with the Velvet Underground (according to a newspaper preview) but were actually a high-velocity union of the Cramps and the Who, coated in corroded glam. Guevara attacked his guitar with a serious case of Pete Townshend, and drummer Alberto Diez was an improbable mix of Keith Moon and the Velvets’ Maureen Tucker: flash with heartbeat. In the last song of the set, a furious space-out that sounded like the Who doing Pink Floyd’s “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun,” Guevara swallowed his mike Lux Interior-style and scraped his guitar strings along the edge of the stage."
Directions from North - I-275 to Bearss exit, then left one block to Nebraska. Go right on Nebraska for 1/4 mile to Skipper Road. Turn left and then left into parking lot.
Directions from South or East - I-275 N to Fletcher exit, then right one block to Nebraska. Go left on Nebraska to Skipper Road. Turn right and then left into parking lot.