the way from Sao Paulo, Brazil comes THEE BUTCHERS
ORCHESTRA,three young chaps who give you another view to
Brazilian music, not the Sepulturametal view, more the
lower-class dirty rock and roll view of one of the biggest
andmost dangerous cities in the world. Having attained cult
status there and in otherSouerican countries like
Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile, THEE BUTCHERSORCHESTRA play
tours and festival there and in the United States and now
theyare coming to your town. They have recorded for Estrus
Records with Clayton Martim
Thee Butchers’ Orchestra
Marco Butcher - vox, guitar
Adriano Butcher - guitar, vox
Daniel Butcher - drums
Strange rythms, noise, exotic seasoning, difusing melodies... that’s some of what you get when listening to the Brazilian three pieces, Thee Butchers’ Orchestra.
Two untamed trashy guitars and raw drums providing everything you need to shake your hips and jump around endlessly.
You can find such a blend of influences in their music! From punk, old school blues to Brazilian raw beats... It’s imediate, agressive and careless. Add some Latin heat to it all! Right from the jungle! It is savage rock and roll.
The band started in October 1996, 2 guitars and the drums. After 3 albuns out only in tape cassetes and a 7', they put out their first cd, Golden Hits by thee Butchers’ Orchestra in 2001 (Ordinary Recs..+ Sebo 264). It was considered the best albun in Brazil and the trio, the best band of 2001 by the music press. The rawness of their alive perfomances is well registered in the 16 songs of the record. Uncooked mono rock and roll.
In Glorious Rock and Roll, their latest albun, was released in June 2002 by Ordinary Recordings/Sebo 264 (Brazil) and contains 17 killer tracks plugged in pure electricity. With songs a little deeper, the three some called Dan Kroha (Demolition Doll Rods) to produce the record, who was already used to work in and with bass-less bands and also knew the music of TBO well, once their band had toured together around Brazil. Dan definitely brought to the songs a je ne sais quoi of Detroit soul-ish rock element that added even more power to the band.
The band had a 7' EP released in November 2002, also called In Glorious Rock and Roll by Estrus Records (USA) and with 2 unreleased tracks and a different version of Break it Up, a song previously released in their last album.
The Complete B-Side Series Volume I (Short Records + Ordinary Recs.) was released in March 2003, containing 19 tracks. Some are different versions for their songs, others unreleased and the other half are their own version of rock and roll classics, such as Rolling Stones, Minor Threat, Captain BeefHeart, The Stooges among others..
Their both first albuns have just been released in one cd, Drag me Twice, in June 2003 by No Fun Records from Detroit, MI (USA).
The 7' single released by the Spanish label Butterfly Records, called South American Garage Punk, has a track from TBO called Stop Talking about Music. What About Now, their latest album, has just been released in Argentina (Rastrillo Rec.) and Brasil (Ordinary/Laja Rec.) - in April 2004. Recorded and produced by the band at Submarino Estudio with 11 tracks 100% raw rock and roll.
They have recorded an album called Stop Talking About Music and produced by Tim Kerr. It will be released in November 2004 in Europe followed by a month tour and in February 2005 in South America
What About Now (Cd, 11 tracks, 2004 - Rastrillo/Ordinary/Laja)
Drag me Twice (Cd, 29 tracks, 2003 - No Fun Records)
The Complete B-Side Series Vol. I (Cd, 19 tracks, 2003 - Short Rec. / Ordinary Rec.) In Glorious Rock and Roll (Cd, 17 tracks, 2002 - Ordinary Rec. / Sebo 264)
Golden Hits by ... (Cd, 16 tracks, 2001 - Ordinary Rec. / Sebo 264)
Deluxe 2000 (Tape/Cd, 13 tracks, 1999 - Ordinary Recordings)
Super Derby Recreation (Tape, 11 tracks, 1997 - Ordinary Rec.)
Out of the Jazz - Into the Stress (Tape, 12 tracks, 1997, Ordinary Rec.)
Singles: - In Glorious Rock and Roll (7', 3 tracks, 2002 - Estrus Records)
Hot Rod Music, 7' split w/ MQN, 2 tracks, 2000 - (Ordinary / Monstro)
South American Garage Punk 7' with 4 bands, 2004 - Butterfly Records
Compilations: - Apocalipse 2000 (1 track, 2001 - Tamborete)
Controle, (1 track, 2000 - Estelar)
Thee Butchers’ Orchestra by Dave Crider, about the 7' released by Estrus
Batten down those neck bolts and get yerself’’s ready for some psycho sound surgery supreme from Brazil’’s numero uno trash/skronk A-Team, THEE BUTCHERS ORCHESTRA and their 3-song Estrus Records debut, the ""In Glorious Rock and Roll"" 7"" EP. These three brothers butchers have a trio of stripped down full-length releases in their homeland, including one produced by Dan Kroha (ex-Gories, current Demolition Doll Rods), and push their ""Goreatic"" caveman stomp thru a piss stained electrified chain link fence, mixing liberally with aggressive old skool punk/blues manna and churn out lo-fi latin jungle bop with two trashed out guitars and raw drums providing all the shake your hips are ever gonna need. So, lock up yer knives and run for your lives ‘‘cause THEE BUTCHERS ORCHESTRA are here...In Glorious Rock and Roll"" now, baby! SLEEVE DESIGN BY ART CHANTRY...LIMITED EDITON OF 700 COPIES ON COLOR WAX.
Thee Butchers’ Orchestra by Charlie Lorenzzi about Drag me Twice
The undisputable Number 1 Brazilian band among the dirtiest of sonic garage music scenes. T.B.O. are hugely recognized in their own country, performing on major TV shows and serving as cover photo for acclaimed music magazines, however, due to their equally huge independence from major labels, it is virtually impossible to find any of their works outside of Brazil. Until now, that is. Drag Me Twice compiles the first two albums by this top notch band neatly in one CD . 29 songs of pure blues-punk for your pleasure. One of the finest releases in the No Fun catalog.
interview with Marco Butcher
from thomas, copyright
3. Tim Kerr recorded the album, could you please introduce him to the readers who are not familiar with him?
Tim Kerr is fine gentleman who's always being this punk young
lion, very wise and full of action - punk rock, skatin,
surfing, paiting... He was a founder member of the punk combo
The Big Boys, and after that he's been involved with some of
the most solid punk and rock and roll bands of all times:
Poison 13, Bad Mutha Goose & the Brothers Grimm, The
MonkeyWrench ,Jack o' Fire, The King Sound Quartet, Lord High
Fixers, The Now Time Delegation, Total Sound Group Direct
Action Committee . As a producer he was the responsable for
the best records of very cool bands such as The Makers, The
Mooney Suzuki, The Now Time Delegation, Sugar Shack, THe
Cynics, FireBalls of Freedom, Gasoline,Monomen,The DT's,
Midnight Evils, Fireworks, Delta 72, among many others. There
is a great website about him:
MB: He is like a punk guru, sweet and firm like a wise father or a cool older brother. We first met when Ordinary Recordings - the label I have with another friend - invited Lord High Fixer to tour in Brasil. The band broke up soon after our invitation so it never happened but our friendship went on. If you listen to the albuns he produced there is no doubts he would be the most perfect person to enhance the "soul" of our music. We wanted something raw and powerful, and yet with a lot of heart & soul. He gets involved with the music and only produces bands he likes. He participate of the whole proccess, it was definitely a wonderful experience. And also, two records before Dan Kroha (ex-Gories, Demolition Doll Rods) was the producer. We chose him once he knows a lot about playing with no bass and can get nice guitar sounds, and if you hear In Glorious Rock and Roll you can understand why and how well the result was. For "Stop Talking..." the songs demanded a sort of vibe and atmosphere that Tim is great to find and place it within the music.
Comparing the new record to the previous ones - have you
changed your syle or did it evolve what's new for old fans?
6. Do fans have to have a certain age before they get into more mature music such as you guys play? What`s your experience with it?
MB: I think mostly our audience is a little more mature really, but we have a lot of young kids into our music specially in Brasil. The oldest part of audience, and they are the majority, are very much into blues, soul and jazz. They identify all those aspects in TBO's music. I guess the younger audience grew up listening to music in the 90's and because of that, they first got into TBO for our agressive and noise sides, but after a while, they also got into the bluesiest bits. They write and ask about bands and records, specially about blues and all the garage scene, both old and contemporary.
How would you describe the scene in Sao Paulo?
8. Brasil has many problems, yet your record deals with personal subjects. What are your reasons for avoiding political subjects?
MB: As I mentioned above, living in Brasil is actually surviving, you know? That's how we refer to life in here: always about surviving. No laws, no equality, violence, and so many other things. But as I said, music, any kind of Brazilian music, is always about celebrating. It is a cultural thing... Life is to hard, let's enjoy every party moment of it. Let's celebrate! It is a very Brazilian thing. So there is no avoiding is actually a sort of stament. Talking about life and living. We really need that otherwise everybody would colapse inside the insanity of this country. And also, I guess atitude and a wake-up shake is very needed in this country. So shake your ass, raise your voice, this is revolution. As for political sides, we are 100% independent and we do not cooperate by living personally or as a band with the corruption, little Brazilian ways and all the not ethical things. WE rock and we think. On stage, we cry out what is inside us. But we are a band who could have taken other steps for money but we remained independent.
9. How does a band from Brazil get in touch with a Swiss label?
MB: We played together in a festival in Argentina a couple of years ago. Right after that, we played again , when they were touring in Brasil. Beat-Man had the chance to see us alive and listened to our records. He invited us, knowing that we would be soon recording a new albun with Tim Kerr, to have this record released by Voodoo. We have always being such big fans of the label so we didn't have to think twice.
10. Your latest release is entitled "Stop Talking About Music, Let's Celebrate That Shit". Do Brazillians enjoy music more open heartedly than Europeans? Are there differences when it comes to playing concerts?
MB: Brazilians are very much about celebrating stuff coz life is pretty hard. On the other hand was about not TALKING so much about music, but actually enjoying it deeply. As a celebration. I think the audiences in Europe are the best for rock and roll, people really dig music more than hypes and are less influenced by fashion "musts". And above all, the equipment and organization is SO much better in Europe. Brasil is an unfair and poor country and we miss nice conditions to play, lots of time.
If you had to summarize small victories and punches below the
belt, whatcomes to mind?
Which records would you recommed for getting the butchers
13. Does it happen often that you play shows in leopard underwear? Any comments on that?
MB: It can get really hot in Brasil so it was very nice to play wearing our leopard shorts - they are actually shorts, not underwear. I also think people payed to much attention to the looks and fashion things, we wanted to go "wild" - coz it is leopard! - and not so stuffy on stage.
14. Is any of you guys a butcher or how come you chose that name?
MB: Oh, not really. Adriano is a producer, Jonas works part-time and I have an independent label and produce some bands as well. The thing about it was that I'd had this name in my head even before the band get together. I liked the thing about being a butcher in terms of music - to get it and slice & mince it and then give it back. But I must say that the addition of THEE instead of The was an Eric's Oblivian suggestion, in the very beggining of the band.
15. You are often compared with JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION are you honoured?
I think Jon Spencer is a great musician and that the Blues
Explosion is one of the finest bands. I've always been a fan
of Pussy Galore, so I think the comparision is loudable. But
in fact, I think it happens more because of lack of musical
references than for being really similar. People don't think
about, but Hound Dog Taylor, The Cramps (for a while),
The Gories, Fireworks, Cheater Slicks, Oblivians, King
Brothers, Gibson Brothers and many others with no bass as
well. And the might be stronger influences for us than
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Rua Visconde de Inhomerim, 715 Sao Paulo, SP, 03120-001 Brasil phone 55.11.8408.7866 firstname.lastname@example.org
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