- Dec 14, 2009
I’m happy for you and your band mates. Keep working hard sounds great!
I'm not sure if it'll gain a lot of traction around here, but! After a little bit over a year in the making, my band, Dona Amélia, has put out the first of three recorded songs today. We only play originals, sung in Portuguese, with some clear late 90s Punk influences mixed in with Pop-Rock, Indie and Portugal's musical, literary and cultural traditions.
Perhaps some of you may enjoy it as some odd, outsiders cultural thing of sorts! For those curious, the lyrics revolve around the sense of nostalgia many of us have for old cafeterias around here, particularly in the countryside - pubs of sorts, usually decrepit in nature, open in the 80s, 70s and even all the way down to the 60s and 50s depending of the place, some of which doubling as bars and offering coffee, pastels, sandwiches, typical light meals, beer and wine, also serving as hot spots for the communities around them. Either we've frequented them as kids with our parents or grandparents and many are still open!
Out of our repertoire consisting of 13+ songs, we've picked three of our favorite, yet most diverse in influences to record for now, so expect some rather different tunes next time around! Also and as a side note, this turn I'm only handling the keys, yet do expect a cameo of my Squier SE in its full glory soon!
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Well, folks: after quite a while, we're in for the next one - the second original single of our band, Penedo das Bruxas, is out now! Admittedly one of my favorite tracks of ours, it's in this one you can enjoy my guitar playing expertise (sarcasm intensifies) on my beloved Squier SE - the clean chords you hear every second verse and the distorted rhythm playing the power chords on the chorus is the black on black, tuxedo Strat I enjoy showcasing around here from time to time.
This song, whose title translates to Witches’ Boulder revolves around an old tale that takes place in the small village of Fajão, located in Pampilhosa da Serra, built upon the imagination of the locals, filling with terror those who heard it. Perhaps it was just the fear of the unknown? This theme explores such an icon of our traditional pagan culture, the witch. People used to believe that a particular boulder in Pampilhosa would give them the evil stare: after all, it was thought to be a gathering spot for witches. We delve into the narrative that, after dawn, when the wind blew on the boulder, it was the witches’ laughter that could be heard by those brave – or foolish – enough to come and seek…
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