Garotas Suecas - Escaldante Banda LP
Sweaty, funky, exotic, committed. Garotas Suecas (Swedish Girls, in Portuguese) hail from Sao Paolo, Brazil and offer up a hearty, full-throated stew combining the best elements of their country’s homegrown Tropicalia with Anglo-American soul and freakbeat. The six members of the group met as teenagers at an open mic night and promptly formed a band, hijacking the home of an area poet for their rehearsals. They self funded three EPs, toured Brazil, and outlandishly landed an MTV video music award.
But what psychs the band more than anything is launching their Brazilian Invasion of the States. In the wake of their second smash appearance at SXSW in Austin and subsequent two week US tour, Garotas Suecas’ debut full-length, Escaldante Banda, arrives September 7th, just in time for a month-long encore tour in September. The band looks forward to blazing a smoldering trail across the country. “We’ve played some college shows in the US where kids got super wild,” they say. “We are down for playing anywhere where the crowd is down for shaking very hard to our music.”
Escaldante Banda offers a brew of Otis Redding soul grooves and Os Mutantes craziness. The group’s most accomplished recording to date and the ideal Stateside introduction to Brazil’s best-kept secret, the record bursts with fuzz guitars, polyrhythms, scorching female backing vocals, big horn sections, and heavy psychedelia. Its grooves are thick, and it comes to make America shake. The perfect late-summer dance record.
“Garotas Suecas shouldn't merely be listened to or witnessed; they should be absorbed.”
-Carrie Brownstein, Sleater-Kinney
“Garotas Suecas has honed a slice of garage-rock-influenced soul music of which the Daptone folks should be jealous.”-The New York Times
“Thunderous organ, drums in overdrive and group vocals to make any fan of harmony proud.”