Today we are branching out of our comfort zone, getting in touch with some kick ass garage rock out of Brazil – The Autoramas. This ” Meet The Band” is in cooperation with our friends at Soundflat Records. I’ve always thought my role here at 50thirdand3rd is to bring you the best in what I consider the coolest records in the world. I don’t care about what’s popular or what will generate views or any of that other social media metrics. The only thing , I care about is bringing to light cool ass bands that you may have never been exposed to. And if you are part of the Shindig crowd , well you get to hear from the band and watch and listen to some garage stomping madness.
Meet – The Autoramas
for those unfamiliar with your bands history, can you tell us all how you all met up and decided to start a band ?
We all have been playing in different bands since we were little kids and our old bands played together in many different situations, so we became friends. The funny thing is that none of us have decided to play in bands, i think all the situations we lived forced us to be in the rock and roll scene. Playing Rock and roll in our country, Brazil, is very different from the things we’ve seen in other countries. We love this lifestyle and we couldn’t live in another way 😉
who would you list as your musical influence?.
We all came from some kind of punk rock scene, we are really influenced by all kinds of energetic rock and roll. Autoramas is very influenced by the 60s garage bands (including the brazilian ones, from a movement called Jovem Guarda), lots of bubblegum choruses and Surf Guitars. I am (Gabriel) particularly a big fan of Devo and The B-52’s.
whats the coolest thing that’s happened to you as a band since you started up?
Travelling the world with the band, touring and playing concerts in different countries.
It’s not usual for a brazilian rock and roll band doing it, but we made it!
what are your hopes and dreams as a band for the next few years.
Keeping touring and putting out records. keeping having creativity to write songs!
what are some of your favorite albums from the past few years?
i’ve been listening a lot to a Brazilian band called Boogarins and a guy called Lê Almeida, I really like Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall, i love the spanish bands Wau y Los arrrghs and Guadalupe Plata. I think the best record released last year was the Volume 9 of Back From The Grave
Do you see any real use for social media , or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep with?
We work all day in social media…it’s a lot of work…but what can I do? hahahaha
Do you pay attention to reviews or comments from people about your music or do you just turn that noise off.
Yes, we have a very good relationship with our fans
If you could tour anywhere in the world , where would you want to go.
We toured Japan once, And I would love to play concerts there again. We love touring Europe and latin America and it’s always a pleasure to get back to these countries. I would love to play in Egypt and in Australia, never been there.
Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life.
I am not familiar with other kinds of music, but Rock and Roll is the reason of our lives!
Any last thoughts for your fans?
THE AUTORAMAS are among the most famous Garage-Pop-Punk-bands in Brazil today. Since 1997 the band has not only recorded 8 albums and numerous EPs, but also played for MTV and toured through Japan, the USA and Europe where they made their name through uniquely wild live-shows. Their latest LP ‘Unsere Favoriten’ consists of the favourites among their song-repertoire indeed, it’s like a ‘best of’-lp, but newly recorded. The songs are very well chosen, known from both previous albums or live-shows, and are definitely representative for the band. With ‘Mundo Moderno’ it starts with full power right away! The unmistakable, wild, distorted guitar-sound, a cool punkrock attitude, catchy melodies, the vocals of singer Gabriel Thomaz and Erika Martins, that harmonise brilliantly together, and a hard beat make up the sound of this Brazilian quartet. Aside from their fantastic own compositions such as ‘Paciencia’, ‘Catchy Chorus’ or ‘1, 2, 3, 4′, which was released first by bandleader Thomaz’ previous band LITTLE QUAIL AND THE MAD BIRDS in 1994, the AUTORAMAS shine just as much with their coverversions – from NEW ORDER’s ‘Blue Monday’ to SHOCKING BLUE’s ‘Send Me A Postcard’ and LINK WRAY’s ‘Run Chicken Run’. One can hardly find that incredibly much power in a band! So: get the record, put it on the turntable, put the volume up and start your rock’n’roll-party!