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Os Mutantes

Os Mutantes
Jun 30, 2024 7:00 PM
All Ages.
Groundbreaking Brazilian Psych Band and Torchbearer of the Tropicalia Movement Makes Their First New England Appearance in nearly 15 years.
About this event

Os Mutantes ("The Mutants") are an influential Brazilian

psychedelic rock band that were linked with the Tropicália

movement of the late 1960s. When Os Mutantes was

formed, it combined influences from psychedelic acts from

the English-speaking world like The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix,

and Sly & the Family Stone with bossa nova, tropicália,

samba and the cultural legacy of the Brazilian art vanguards

from the modernist movement.

One of the most well-known and influential rock bands in

Brazil, Os Mutantes are cited as a major influence to many

contemporary underground or independent bands in the

United States and Europe. Beck paid tribute to the group

with his single "Tropicália" from the album Mutations. The

Bees (UK band) covered "A Minha Menina" on their first

album, Sunshine Hit Me. Red Hot Chili Peppers bass player

Flea has stated on his Twitter account that he is a fan. Kevin

Barnes of Of Montreal cites Os Mutantes as an important

influence. Talking Heads frontman David Byrne has worked

to publish and promote the group's music through his Luaka

Bop label. Kurt Cobain publicly requested a reunion tour

from the trio in 1993, writing a letter to Arnaldo Baptista, but

the bands first live performance since 1978 was at London’s

Barbican Arts Centre on May 22, 2006 - (though without

Rita Lee, who was replaced with Zélia Duncan on vocals).

This performance was followed by shows in New York City,

Los Angeles (with the Flaming Lips), San Francisco, Seattle,

Denver, Chicago, and Miami. However in September 2007,

both Arnaldo Baptista and Zélia Duncan left the band, each

expressing wishes to continue with their respective solo


Sérgio Dias, however, vowed to keep the reformed band alive,

not wanting to let "the giant sleep again", as he put it. And so,

led by Dias with Esmeria Bulgari on vocals, Henrique Peters

on keyboards, Vinicius Junqueira on bass and Claudio

Tchernev on drums the band toured extensively enjoying

some great highlights such as "A Minha Menina" featuring as

the audio track for the McDonald's commercial “Victory” in

June 2008, their first new release in 35 years, “Haih Or

Amortecedor” (ANTI- Records) in September 2009. Extensive

tours in support of the album including Glastonbury Festival

in June 2010. In 2011, they collaborated with Of Montreal on

the song "Bat Macumba" for the Red Hot Organization's most

recent charitable album "Red Hot+Rio 2." and in 2013 the

release of their album “Fool Metal Jack”. In 2017, Sergio Dias

collaborated with the English singer-songwriter, Carly

Bryant and subsequently she was put into the band’s line up

on vocals, guitars and keyboards. Tres Olhos Music Festival

quoted after her debut performance “"Packed with the new

vocals, Carly Bryant took the audience to ecstasy, showing

she’s here to stay.” The six piece release the single ‘Black and

Grey’ in late 2017 and are currently working on a new studio


"A head-turning comeback” BBC music

"There was nothing quite like Os Mutantes, and there still isn't" The Guardian

"Kaleidoscopic, politically-charged rock"

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