Os Mutantes


Os Mutantes
Haih or Amortecedor
ADDS 8/25/09

OS MUTANTES’ sound was forged in a tumultuous Brazil of the early 60s. The band, along with other musicians and artists, formed the Tropicália movement mixing political criticism, prankster humor and an eclectic range of musical styles. OS MUTANTES delighted in their role as cultural provocateurs. But when Brazil’s political situation further deteriorated, Tropicália ended. Eventually it was only Dias leading OS MUTANTES until they disbanded in 1978. In 2006 the group reunited for a triumphant show at London’s Barbican Arts Center followed by high profile performances in North America opening for the Flaming Lips at the Hollywood Bowl as well as The Pitchfork Festival and they were awarded the Brazilian equivalent of a Grammy for best band. Their anticipated new album “Haih or Amortecedor,” with songs written by Dias and fellow Tropicália alumnus Tom Zé, brilliantly propels the band’s visionary sound out of the sixties into an uncharted exotic future.

OS MUTANTES influence on indie rock is just enormous - everyone from Kurt Cobain (he publicly requested a reunion tour from the trio in '93) to Beck (paid tribute to OM with his single "Tropicália" from the album Mutations), Flaming Lips (they had the band open for them at the Hollywood Bowl in 06), Devandra Banhart (narrated a short film about OM  - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6-UzHZGZ4M) and David Byrne (has worked to publish and promote the group's music through his Luaka Bop label) site the band as having a major impact on their own music...pretty amazing for a Brazilian three piece from the 60s who were living in the midst of a military coup and artistic crackdown to have such a far-reaching and lasting impression on American music.

Still Psychedelic, Influential, Political and Playful after all these years - Os Mutantes triumphantly return with their first record in 35 years, their very first album to receive a worldwide release. Conceived by Sergi Dias with collaborations with other Brazillian legends Tom Ze (lyrics) and Jorge Ben (who wrote the song "Minha Menina"), Haih is a vibrant and timely return from one of world music's most important bands.

"Living the conception and birth of this album, as an individual, was the most intense experience, for it was as if time had ceased to exist, and I was bouncing from life to life, decades through decades, revisiting myself as a 16 year hold boy playing guitar and feeling so free and, as any teenager, indestructible." - Sergia Dias, May 2009

Here's what some others think:

Stereogum (with download):

Pitchfork (with download):

Rjóminn (two new and two old tracks):

North American Tour Dates:
08-28-09, Los Angeles California, The Echoplex
08-29-09, San Francisco California, Outside Lands Festival,
09-01-09, Redway California, Mateel Community Center
09-02-09, Portland Oregon, Aladdin Theater
09-03-09 Vancouver, BC, The Commodore Ballroom
09-04-09 Bellingham Washington, The Nightlight
09-05-09 Seattle Washington, Bumbershoot Festival
09-19-09 Yosemite California, Symbiosis Fest
09-24-09 Denver Colorado, Cervantes
09-25-09 Omaha Nebraska, Waiting Room
09-26-09 Minneapolis Minnesota, Cedar Cultural Ctr
09-30-09 Cleveland Ohio, Beachland Ballroom
10-04-09 Boston Massachusetts, Sommerville Th.
10-08-09 New York New York, Webster Th.
10-09-09 Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Mr. Smalls
10-10-09 Columbus Ohio, Capitol Th.
10-11-09 Lexington Kentucky, WRFL Fest
10-13-09 Tampa Florida, Skipper’s
10-14-09 Ft. Lauderdale Florida, Culture Room
10-16-09 Atlanta Georgia, Variety Playhouse
10-17-09 New Orleans Louisiana, Tipitina’s
10-18-09 Austin Texas, La Zona Rosa


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