“DEBUT JAZZ CAFE SHOW FOR LEGENDARY 60’s TROPICALIA BAND” Os Mutantes were formed in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1966 by 2 brothers: Arnaldo Baptista (bass, keyboards and vocals) and Sérgio Dias Baptista (guitar and vocals), and lead singer Rita Lee. Os mutantes live this 19th July in London at the Jazz Cafe in Camden.
Jazz Cafe : 5 Parkway
City of London NW1 7PG
Jul 19 2011 7:00 pmTickets £27.50 adv
When the members of the legendary "Tropicalia" band Os Mutantes, took the stage after a near 30 year hiatus, before an audience of thousands at the Hollywood bowl a few years back, it seemed one of the greatest secrets in modern music was finally out. The seminal band whose ethereal absurdist pop music had inspired so many prominent musicians decades before, were back.
Those who have not heard the music of Os Mutantes have undoubtedly experienced their influence. The Mutantes' cut-and-paste, sonic collage approach and their tendency for cultural irony, is an aesthetic now prevalent in modern music. The band has received praise from a growing list of luminaries including the Flaming Lips, David Byrne, Devendra Banhart and Of Montreal. But of any contemporary musician, it is Beck who appears their direct heir, even dedicating his song "Tropicália" from the album Mutations to the band.
Mutantes' unique otherworldly sound was forged in a time and place of turmoil. San Paulo Brazil of the early sixties was a city and nation under siege, As students battled the police and military, the Mutantes recorded an ambitious album merging seductive Brazilian music with the new psychedelic pop of the Beatles and Beach Boys. By 1978, after over 8 albums together, the group had disbanded.
In 2009 this acclaimed band who inspired so many released “Haih or Amortecedor”, their first new album in over three decades. This new release brilliantly updates the band's legendary "Tropicalia" sound, propelling it out of the sixties and into an uncharted but undeniably exotic future "It would be awful to mimic something we had done when we were teenagers," the band explain. "When we were making this album we were absolutely vigilant that the ideas were entirely fresh and I think we did a very good job. Everyone who has heard this album say it doesn't sound like Mutantes - but then it is also pure Mutantes. We really think it is a perfect vision of what Os Mutantes should sound like in the 21st century."