For the past three years, the brotherly duo of Supla and Joäo have been making some of the most original songs around by combining elements of traditional Brazilian music such as Bossa nova and samba with rock and funk to create a unique sound that’s won over countless fans in the band’s home base of South America—and now they’re finally ready to expand worldwide with the release of their self-titled album that just hit the marketplace late this summer. The duo was started when the brothers got a job hosting their own national variety show in Brazil called Brothers on Rede TV. The show was a perfect platform for the duo to take their chemistry into the music medium and on the road. Their debut album was produced by Mario Caldato, Jr. (Beastie Boys, Tone Loc). It may be the first that those of us outside South America have heard from the band, but judging by the reaction Brothers Of Brazil have gotten all over the world as a result of their raucous live shows it certainly won’t be the last.
“Vanity Funk” is certainly funky, but you can’t just call it that because… it’s not. The song combines unique spoken and sung vocal harmonies, crazy rock and jazz drumming, and nylon string acoustic guitar playing with the bass notes played with a thumb, eliminating the need for a third member. This is not your typical indie rock duo as the music is completely organic and employs a mixture of sounds not found in the rock genre, with the closest comparison being a Brazilian version of Gogol Bordello! The group never lets the weird get in the way of their songwriting, claiming that “The most important thing to us is to have a good song because if a song sucks it doesn’t matter how many styles you’re mixing together.”
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