Autoramas
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Autoramas

Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | Established. Jan 01, 1997 | SELF | AFTRA

Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | SELF | AFTRA
Established on Jan, 1997
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"20 bands, 20 venues, one night: Musical speed-dating on 6th street at SXSW"

Artist: Autoramas
Sounds like: Throwback rock n’ roll
Sample lyric:”Rock! Rock! Rock!”
Venue looks like: Traditional Irish pub

The Brazilian rock band Autoramas also said it was their first time in the U.S., but their energetic performance had little in common with the hushed whimsy of Savage. The trio played their songs with great aplomb, with their frontman busting out the rockstar moves both for those in the audience and the curious onlookers watching through the open window facing 6th street. - AXS


"Hipsville Day 1: Les Grys Grys, Kinoco Hotel & Autoramas"

Friday night couldn’t have been more International if they’d tried as we were treated to a trip round the globe with the Autoramas from Brazil, Kinoco Hotel from Japan and Les Grys Grys from the South of France. I heard before the show that the Autoramas have had a recent change of personnel, beefing up to a four-piece line-up, but as this was my first time to see them I can’t really say how this compares with what went before. But what I can say is that this new-look Autoramas is absolutely stunning – I mean I have a few of their albums, but nothing really prepared me for the sheer power of their live assault. Charismatic front-man Gabriel has the quiff and the twitchy energy of Joe Strummer and he plays his guitar fuzzed, phased and flanged almost out of recognition, blasting some seriously wired mutant Surf and Rock riffs.


Erika, who has recently joined the band, doesn't stand still for a second, one minute she's going through a unique cheerleader routine, then robot dancing and the next she's joining in with the stunning Go-Go dancers Wanda De Lullabies and Dottie Gooseberry, who can't resist the band and leap on stage during "Abstrai" to freak-out in impressive style. Erika's busy, she plays rhythm guitar, keyboards, tambourine and sings too, in brief she's one of the stars of the whole weekend. Later on, well after the band's set she's still dancing away at the merchandise stall! Kicking off with the excellent "Mundo Moderno" then into a new track "Quando a Policia Chegar" which is my highlight of the set, a brilliantly catchy singalong, in fact it's so good they play it again for a well-deserved encore. The rhythm section of Fred and Melvin are pretty damn impressive and "Nada a Ver" is one big bludgeon over the head with an intensity that reminded me of Steve Albini's Big Black.


Unfortunately "Abstrai" is the only track from my favourite album "Música Crocante" so I don't get to hear the rather wonderful "Tudo Bem", which I always felt was a song that the Pixies would have been proud to have written and put on "Doolittle". "Couldn't Care At All" is a rare excursion into English lyrics, it's a head-long piece of prime Power Punk Pop. Some more stand-out tracks for me included "Paciencia", "1,2,3,4" which sounded rather like The B-52's and "Jogos Olimpicos" which is a quirky Devo style instrumental that sees Erika rocking out with her guitar. Three more excellent brand new songs get an airing tonight, the manic Disco beat of "Kung Fu", then there is "O Que Que Você Quer" and "Jet To The Jungle" - all from their forthcoming album "O Futuro dos Autoramas", and yes, I think the future of the Autoramas is looking very bright indeed! - Paul Slattery


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Still working on that hot first release.

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Bio

Autoramas are:  Gabriel Thomaz (guitar and vocals), Erika Martins (keyboards, guitar and vocals), Melvin Ribeiro (Bass) and Fred Castro (drums). They have just played Rock In Rio festival in September 2015 and they are gonna release their new album  (their 7th album) "O Futuro dos Autoramas" the next weeks. The album was produced by them and the brazilian producer Le Almeida and mixed by Jim Diamond (Sonics, White Stripes, Dirtbombs).In 2015 they released a special album exclusive for Germany, named "Unsere Favoriten", including live recordings and cover versions of their favourite songs.Based in Rio de janeiro, since Autoramas started in 1998 they have have always been one the most important and active characters of the brazilian independent scene, headlining all the most important festivals in their country. They have made tours in all over Brazil, Mexico (including Vive Latino and Ubiquo festivals), USA, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Uruguay, japan and 13 tours in Europe.Their new album that will be out  the next weeks keeps their retro-futuristic style, pop melodies and inspired lyrics. Very unique guitar sounds, bass with distortion and beats that work really weel on dance-floors.

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