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Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal | INDIE

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Blasfemea Maria on MTV.COM - MTV


Hey, everybody, it's Andy Gesner and the crew from HIP Video Promo, here with a sensational new clip from a dynamic band with true global appeal. In 2009, a young European group with a propulsive, infectious, thoroughly-danceable sound took America by storm. The lyrics were cryptic (but romantic), the synthesizers were bright and colorful, and the guitars shimmered. This was music at the intersection of sound, style, fashion, and international design, and once it reached these shores, it was unstoppable. We're talking about Phoenix, of course, but next year at this time, we might be saying all the same things about Blasfemea. These four talented Portuguese musicians are the darlings of the Lisbon pop underground; flush with success on the far side of the Atlantic, they're ready to make their mark in the United States.

Consider "Maria", their latest single from the new album Galaxia Tropicalia. It's a swirl of oscillating synth, angular guitar, irresistible beats, pop sweetness and punk attitude -- it's a welcome blast of heat from sunny Portugal. Like all the tracks on Blasfemea's gripping debut, it's named after a girl: theirs are hot summer night anthems, fit for erotically-charged dance clubs and nights on the beach. As we slip into the coldest part of the winter, "Maria" and Blasfemea feels like the perfect antidote. And don't be intimidated for a minute by the band's country (or language) of origin; all of Blasfemea's songs are sung in English.

They're naturals for video, too: good-looking, sharply-dressed, and at ease in front of the camera. The four members of Blasfemea look the part of international pop stars; better still, they act like they know it. That casual confidence is apparent in every frame of David Francisco and Maria João Carvalho vibrant clip for "Maria". (Francisco and Carvalho are themselves cultural ambassadors for their nation; they're one of the nation's best new music video teams, and their creative clip for The Vicious Five's cheekily-titled "Lisbon Calling" is a call to arms for all Portuguese rock bands.)

The "Maria" video is a torrent of light and color; a twist of an ornate kaleidoscope; a celluloid glimpse of the band's exuberant mindstate. There's plenty of footage of Blasfemea in action -- and further video evidence for those who call the quartet one of Portugal's most exciting live bands. Often, it seems as though the group is performing in a mystic netherworld: spectacular landscape footage is projected behind them as they play, and images of galaxies and nebulae are superimposed over the concert. It's a breathtaking light show -- a three-dimensional experience preserved on 2D media -- and it creates a remarkable feeling of motion, depth, and mystery. In some shots, the musicians' shadows play; in others, illumination dances off of fretboards and drum rims. Everything seems to be exploding into outer space, traveling at warp speed, melting into pure white light.

We’re excited to be working with the team at La Lisbonera to bring you this international offering. If you need more info, call Andy Gesner at 732-613-1779 or e-mail us at HIPVideo@aol.com. You can also visit www.MySpace.com/Blasfemealx or www.Blasfemea.com to find out more about Blasfemea. - Hip Videos


Blasfemea is a Lisbon, Portugal-based tropical psychedelic electropop band, formed in the early 2000's by Tiago Amaro, Fabio Jevelim (vocals and guitars) and the Lourenço brothers (David and Rui on drums and bass.) Blasfemea‘s debut album Galaxia Tropicalia is a record comprised of 10 pop songs, all named after girls (including a cover of MJ‘s “Dirty Diana,”) and all destined to be singles.

Track Listing: 01: MARIA, 02: KAMI, 03: KAEDE, 04: EVA, 05: CATHERINE, 06: LINDA, 07: IDA, 08: VICTORIA, 09: DIANA, 10: LINDSAY

Blasfemea‘s influences are as wide as their minds. This may sound presumptuous but the truth is that the band shows no shame in loving Madonna and Bob Dylan as Blasfemea‘s influences are based in all of the artists they feel to be “true” regardless of style. Blasfemea is doing for tropical music what Vampire Weekend is doing for afropop.

Released in other parts of the world in October 2009 and now set for release in America in April 2010, Galaxia Tropicalia can stand against the modern music of Midnight Juggernauts, MGMT, Vampire Weekend or Buraka Som Sistema and shows off the band’s base influences of afro music, psychedelia and the “true to you” sound of Beatles pop. Galaxia Tropicalia also features horns by members of Portugal’s Bambule, violin by Ana Meneses and the special participation of British band, Dead Kids.

Originally, all the tunes on Galaxia Tropicalia would be named after girls and each girl would have a different city. The band choose this concept at the beginning in order to limit their minds to a specific concept and achieve a focused, solid album. Ultimately, the band narrowed the focus to just girls. Who could blame them?

You can check the emerging result yourself on Blasfemea’s Galaxia Tropicalia. - http://www.raisedonindie.com/


I don't know about you, but I could stand to increase the amount of Portuguese music in my diet. Lisbon kente cloth enthusiasts Blasfemea sing… - PopMatters


Released in other parts of the world in October 2009 and now set for release in America in April 2010, Galaxia Tropicalia can stand against the modern music of Midnight Juggernauts, MGMT, Vampire Weekend or Buraka Som Sistema and shows off the band’s base influences of afro music, psychedelia and the “true to you” sound of Beatles pop. Galaxia Tropicalia also features horns by members of Portugal’s Bambule, violin by Ana Meneses and the special participation of British band, Dead Kids.
Originally, all the tunes on Galaxia Tropicalia would be named after girls and each girl would have a different city. The band choose this concept at the beginning in order to limit their minds to a specific concept and achieve a focused, solid album. Ultimately, the band narrowed the focus to just girls. Who could blame them?
Official Site: http://www.blasfemea.com/ - Adequacy.net


Blasfemea, Portugal’s answer to MGMT, are taking their blend of pyschedelic electropop worldwide. Formed in the early 2000s, Tiago Amaro, Fabio Jevelim (vocals and guitar) and the Lourenco brothers (David and Rui — drums and bass), recently released Galaxia Tropicalia int he U.S. Seemingly obsessed with the oppositesex, the band’s entire ten-track songlist is named after a bevy of girls: Maria, Kami, Kaede, Eva, Catherine, Linda, Ida, Victoria, Diana and Lindsay. Featuring horns by Portuguese band Bambule, violin by Ana Meseses and additions from British band, Dead Kids , Blasfemea will be hitting a town near you and with such an album surely there’s a song destined to have your name on it. - Zink Magazine


Os Blasfemea têm um novo álbum, intitulado “Galáxia Tropicalia” e falam sobre o novo trabalho à MTV. Sobre o registo de estreia dizem ser mais Pop com influências de afro-beat e um som mais expansivo e psicadélico do que o EP “BLSFM” . O concerto de apresentação realiza-se no dia 30 de Outubro, no Passos Manuel e a MTV está a oferecer bilhetes. A MTV apresenta os Blasfemea.
28/Out/2009

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Os Blasfemea têm um novo álbum, intitulado “Galáxia Tropicalia” e falam sobre o novo trabalho à MTV. Sobre o registo de estreia dizem ser mais Pop com influências de afro-beat e um som mais expansivo e psicadélico do que o EP “BLSFM” . A MTV apresenta os Blasfemea. MTV - Depois do EP “BLSFM” surge o álbum de estreia, “Galáxia Tropicalia” Quais são as principais diferenças entre um e outro. Blasfemea - Apesar da base ser a mesma, isto é, a electrónica continua a estar presente, optamos por uma direcção mais Pop com influências de afro-beat e um som mais expansivo e psicadélico dai o nome “Galáxia Tropicalia” que resume a sonoridade deste álbum. Usamos mais teclados, a melodia esta mais presente nas novas músicas a meu ver abrange um maior “target” de público porque o álbum é comercialmente apelativo assim como suficientemente alternativo, optamos por este tipo de sonoridade porque neste momento é o tipo de música que gostamos de fazer. MTV - O disco foi produzido pelo Fábio, guitarrista e vocalista da banda. Porque optaram por um elemento do grupo para a produção? Blasfemea - Eu produzi o álbum porque achei ser um desafio para mim e também por ter a certeza da direcção que queríamos ter neste álbum, apesar de por vezes ser difícil perceber o que esta bem ou o que esta mal ou possa estar exagerado, visto ser um elemento da banda é mais difícil exteriorizar-me disso e pensar como um produtor, esta foi a maior dificuldade que encontrei, optei por ser eu a produzi-lo porque já tinha feito algumas produções antes e porque passei o ano todo a fazer musica electrónica, não só para bases de Blasfemea mas também remixes e musicas que fiz em projectos electrónicos mais virados para pistas de dança, achei que estava preparado e com a ajuda do Makoto e do Tiago que me assistiram nesta produção consegui um bom trabalho a meu ver. MTV - Porque é que todas as faixas têm nomes de mulher? Blasfemea - Não temos uma história interessante para isso, apenas o fizemos porque as primeiras músicas que compusemos já tinham nomes de mulher, então decidimos criar esse conceito por acharmos mais fácil trabalhar num conceito mais específico e não nos desviarmos demasiado criativamente assim a nossa direcção estava apontada para isto. MTV - Como surgiu a ideia de fazer uma versão de ‘Dirty Diana’, de Michael Jackson? Blasfemea - A ideia de “Diana” surgiu não só por querermos fazer uma versão de Michael Jackson há algum tempo, visto que gostamos do trabalho dele, mas também por esta ter nome de mulher o que encaixava no conceito do álbum, então optamos por esta escolha, já tínhamos gravado a música uns meses antes do Michael Jackson morrer o que foi uma coincidência negra. MTV - Os britânicos Dead Kids colaboraram no tema ‘Ida’. Como é que surge esta colaboração? Blasfemea - Esta colaboração surge nos dias após o concerto no music box com eles e If Lucy Fell. Estávamos no estúdio a comentar que gostamos bastante da voz do Mike, ele estava numa praia perto do estúdio então o Makoto foi busca-lo, nos mostramos-lhe umas musicas e perguntamos se ele e o George (guitarrista) queriam participar eles aceitaram e umas grades de cerveja depois, saímos de lá com “Ida” uma excelente voz narrativa do Mike e um teclado sexy à Rod Stewart executado por o George. MTV - “Galáxia Tropicalia” é um disco… Blasfemea - tropical e psicadélico, com influencias desde o afro-beat ate ao psicadelismo dos Pink Floyd com uma base estrutural Pop, mais melódico que “BLSFM” assim como mais abrangente e quente. Maria João Lourenço - MTV


These four talented Portuguese musicians -- Tiago Amaro, Fabio Jevelim (vocals and guitars) & the Lourenço brothers (David and Rui on drums and bass) -- are the darlings of the Lisbon pop underground; flush with success on the far side of the Atlantic, they're ready to make their mark in the United States.

Released in other parts of the world in October 2009 and now set for release in America in April 2010, Blasfemea's album, Galaxia Tropicalia, can stand against the modern music of Midnight Juggernauts, MGMT, Vampire Weekend or Buraka Som Sistema and shows off the band's base influences of afro music, psychedelia and the "true to you" sound of Beatles pop. Galaxia Tropicalia also features horns by members of Portugal's Bambule, violin by Ana Meneses and the special participation of British band, Dead Kids.

Consider "Maria", the first single from the new album Galaxia Tropicalia. It's a swirl of oscillating synth, angular guitar, irresistible beats, pop sweetness and punk attitude -- it's a welcome blast of heat from sunny Portugal. Like all the tracks on Blasfemea's gripping debut, it's named after a girl: theirs are hot summer night anthems, fit for erotically-charged dance clubs and nights on the beach. And don't be intimidated for a minute by the band's country (or language) of origin; all of Blasfemea's songs are sung in English.

Blasfemea's casual confidence is apparent in every frame of David Francisco and Maria João Carvalho's vibrant video for "Maria". Francisco and Carvalho are themselves cultural ambassadors for their nation; they're one of the nation's best new music video teams, and their creative clip for The Vicious Five's cheekily-titled "Lisbon Calling" is a call to arms for all Portuguese rock bands. Blasfemea's band members are naturals for video, too: good-looking, sharply-dressed, and at ease in front of the camera. The four members of Blasfemea look the part of international pop stars; better still, they act like they know it.

The "Maria" video is a torrent of light and color; a twist of an ornate kaleidoscope; a celluloid glimpse of the band's exuberant mindstate. There's plenty of footage of Blasfemea in action -- and further video evidence for those who call the quartet one of Portugal's most exciting live bands. Often, it seems as though the group is performing in a mystic netherworld: spectacular landscape footage is projected behind them as they play, and images of galaxies and nebulae are superimposed over the concert. It's a breathtaking light show -- a three-dimensional experience preserved on 2-D media -- and it creates a remarkable feeling of motion, depth, and mystery. In some shots, the musicians' shadows play; in others, illumination dances off of fretboards and drum rims. Everything seems to be exploding into outer space, traveling at warp speed, melting into pure white light.
- Fanatic Promotion


Discography

EP - BLSFM (2008)
Album - Galaxia Tropicalia (2010)

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Bio

In late 2008 the band released their first EP, “BLSFM”, produced by Rui Maia (X-Wife). A year later they return with the release of their new album, “Galáxia Tropicalia”, produced by a band member, Fábio Jevelim.

The album counts on nine original sound tracks and a Michael Jackson cover “Dirty Diana”.All sound tracks have womans's names and “Maria” was chosen as the 1st single.

"BLSFM" EP they were Rock, Pop and Electronic-Punk. In "Galaxy Tropicalia" they assume as a pop and scandalously tropical psychedelic!

The album was recorded at Black Sheep Studios and B.B.S. Studios with the aditional cooperation of Makoto Yagyu.

Masterising was made by the international Loud Mastering studio by John Dent, (Franz Ferdinand, PJ Harvey, Bob Marley, etc.).

Galaxia Tropicalia also features aditional musicians on Trumpet and Sax by Bambulé musicians, violins by Ana Meneses and special participation of the british band, Dead Kids!