With Florida's Greyhaze Records recently releasing Brazilian Grindcore merchants Deselmado's EP Hereditas, Sea of Tranquility Staff Writer Jason Guest caught up with the band to discuss the band's history, their musical and lyrical influences, their upcoming album, working with Sepultura's Jean Dolabella, and their future.
SoT: Hi. Thanks for taking time out to talk to us at Sea of Tranquillity.
Bruno Teixeira: Thanks for the opportunity to show a little more of our work, Jason.
SoT: First, can you tell us a little about the history of the band?
Bruno Teixeira: We started in 2004 in São Paulo (Brazil) under the name of El Fuego. We never really cared much about playing covers. So, from the onset we started writing our own original songs. That has helped us create an identity of our own.
In 2005 we released a demo and in the following year we recorded and released our first album. The name of that album is "Desalmado." We thought that album name was cool, so a couple years later, and with some changes on our line up, we officially changed the band's name to Desalmado. As Desalmado we recorded the "Hereditas" EP, which is being reissued by Greyhaze Records as a 10-inch vinyl.
We're really active and we've done a lot of gigs here in Brazil. That brought a lot of attention to the band and has allowed us to open for some pretty big bands such as Entombed. Right now we're getting ready to release our next full length which should be out by the end of this year. We're also super psyched that we're going to be part of a tribute album for the German band Japanische Kampfhörspiele. You can check out the video
SoT: On Hereditas, the influence of bands such Napalm Death, Extreme Noise Terror, and Brujeria can be heard. Who are the band's main influences?
Bruno Teixeira: You're right! These three bands had a big influence in our music. I think that, along with these bands that you mentioned, Terrorizer, Sepultura, Ratos de Porão, Slayer and Nasum are bands that had a lot of influence when we formed the band.
I mean, we listen to a lot of different bands, no matter if it's grindcore, thrash metal, death metal or any kind of music that we like. I think that our main goal is to create our own style and I believe we're getting to that point.
SoT: Hereditas was originally released four years ago. Will the songs on your new album differ from Hereditas? Is there any kind of progression in the band's sound that will be heard?
Caio Augusttus: The full length is way more organic, with influences from punk to extreme death metal. We're happy with the result. The songs sound even more vibrant but with the same punch of what you hear on the EP. So, I think you can expect a progression from the material you heard on "Hereditas." This lineup is the tightest we've had and the songs on the new album are sounding pretty amazing.
SoT: Desalmado' lyrics address socio-political injustices. Where does inspiration for the lyrical content come from?
Caio Augusttus: The inspiration for the lyrics comes from the notion of how weak humanity really is. Our species thrives on domination and oppression. It is natural in humankind for one group or culture to strive to overcome another group or culture. We think that while this behavior is quite common in today's globalized world, this cannibalization of cultures is morally wrong and creates a fucked up robot society. We are against all that shit and we talk about it in our tracks.
For the next album, the lyrics focus on the influence of the church in our society, especially here in Brazil, where it affects all moral, financial, and social standards of life.
SoT: How does the band write? Is it a collaborative effort? Or do individual members bring whole songs?
Caio Augusttus: Everyone in the band writes all the songs, this process has always involved everyone, maybe only the lyrics end up focused on one single person. Anyway, even the lyrics follow a line of reasoning approved by all band members, just as the instrumental part.
We can say that this is a band where every member has an active voice. Since the beginning of the band everyone has been able to let their influences flow.
SoT: Your new album is being produced by Jean Dolabella of Sepultura. Can you tell us about how he came to be involved with the album and what his contribution to the writing/recording process?
Estevam Romera: Jean is a long time friend and he got involved by accident! Long story short, this new album was recorded twice. First time in April 2010, we got up to the mixing stage and the recording files were lost. One year later, Jean was kind enough to offer help to rerecord the whole album in his own studio, at his house. He got involved and ended up producing the album. Jean is not only an awesome drummer and musician, he really knows his stuff. He helped us fixing tempo on some songs. He gave tips on drums parts and even helped on some drums arrangements. After drums were tracked, we went to Belo Horizonte, where Augusto Nogueira (Jean's partner in his instrumental project "Indireto") owns a studio, to record the bass and guitars. Augusto is right now taking care of the mixing of the album as well. Jean and Augusto basically saved us.
SoT: What's the plan after the album's release?
Caio Augusttus: We want to play everywhere possible! Between November and December we will be in Europe for a 30 day tour. We're super excited about that. It will be a very good experience for all involved. After we return to Brazil we intend to tour in our country and other countries in Latin America. At the same time we'll write a new album.
SoT: Again, thanks for taking time out to speak to us at Sea of Tranquillity. I look forward to hearing the new album and seeing Desalmado live!
Bruno Teixeira: Thanks for the support Jason! We can't wait to tour over there in the US, and I hope you guys enjoy Hereditas and our following album! Long live to seaoftranquility.org! Cheers!
(Click here to read our review of Hereditas)