The intellectual love brotherhood


Los Hermanos, from Rio de Janeiro, is nowadays one of the most popular brazilian rock bands. They´ve spent something like 4 years in Rio´s underground indie rock scene, working hard and doing very good music; then one day have suddenly reached the national charts, due the most radiophonic pop song from their first album. Los Hermanos then became the rock group that – despite all industry´s mousetraps – has got to keep their music ideals untouched, developing the original concept of the first album in the next two ones. They also became a cultural phenomena, with a massive legion of fans who are so fans, but so fans, that sometimes looks like a sect. At Los Hermanos concert, the vocalist doesn´t sing: is the crowd who sings every song, every word, looking each other with abetter smiles and tears in the eyes. The fan basis is very active in the net, trought online forums and fotologs; and the major fan communities identifies theirselves in concerts using coded color bracelets, wich makes possible to differentiate real fans from the masses.

Los Hermanos is formed by 4 nice guys, sons of the intellectual/financial Rio de Janeiro´s elite. Despite the golden cradow and the playboy way of living; the four have always been low profile, both in dressing and in attitude. So is their Rio fan basis: midlle and high class youth, who belive they´ve achieved a new state of understanding of life, love, things and existence – misunderstood spirits of light in this materialist and violent world.

Today I did listen their 4th album, called 4, the transition between the rock past and the brave new brazilian popular music oriented path they´re trying. Lyrics are ultra romantic, all of them talk about love. The vocal isn´t always boring like band haters like to say: sometimes his blasé suffering matches very well the very good instrumental; and talking about brazilian popular music, their lyrics – altought the brazilian music clichés and archetypes – are much better than what old (yet) “gods” like Caetano Veloso or Gilberto Gil are doing nowadays. Los Hermanos are an island of intellectual love in this materialist and violent world wich is Rio´s South Zone.

5 Comments so far

  1. Nuno Virgílio (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 5:19 pm

    Gosto muito do “4”. Sem querer ser “do contra”, acho que é o melhor disco dos Hermanos. A última faixa, “É de lágrima”, é dar coisa mar linda que eu já ouvi na vida.

  2. lp (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 5:33 pm

    Apesar da barbice coletiva — que não importa nada, no fim das contas — nota dez pros caras. Eles tem coragem, conhecimento musical, criatividade e apresentam um produto diferente da mesmice reinante, considerando o mercado pop em que pretendem atuar. Não tem nenhum John Cage ali, mas não é isto o que pretendem, me parece.

  3. Eduardo (unregistered) on September 29th, 2006 @ 5:53 pm

    Nelson, por que em inglês?

  4. Diogo (unregistered) on October 1st, 2006 @ 1:34 pm

    pois é…. pq em ingles? é pq o metroblogging é internacional? ok… mas e os outros posts? vcs querem falar com o cariocas? ou sobre os cariocas para os gringos? pq não dá para acertar os dois alvos. (é uma dúvida minha mesmo, não uma crítica…)

  5. Cid Andrade (unregistered) on October 1st, 2006 @ 3:36 pm

    O Metroblog é uma rede que une blogs das principais capitais do mundo, cujo intuito é integrar informações confiáveis/úteis/interessantes (já que os posts são escritos por locais) sobre determinada cidade – para que os habitantes de cada metropole possam mostrar ao resto do mundo o que tem acontecido no quintal de casa.

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