Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Bike - "Santa Cabeça"

Photo by Bel Gandalfo

Hailing from Brazil, Bike are making music that combines psych-rock, post Tropicalia, and noise rock. Their latest single, "Santa Cabeça," chugs along at a tempo that is hypnotic by itself. The guitars add to the feeling as they swirl around you in a stye that is both psychedelic and poppy. Plus, the indie/noise rock feedback and whine just adds to the whole shebang. This is the kind of song that you can almost see as much as you can hear. It reminds me of a cross between The Brian Jonestown Massacre and Sonic Youth's later, jammy period. Bike have crafted a sound that is going to make fans of world music, jam bands, and noise rock equally happy.

Julito Cavalcante says of his band's upcoming album:

“We move forward from our sound on previous albums. We managed to mix all the coolest things we had already done with new references and older ones that have not yet appeared on other albums. We also added new elements and handcrafted instruments in the songs. The idea was to sound artistic and raw at the same time."

You can listen to "Santa Cabeça" below. Arte Bruta is due out May 5 on Quadrado Magico Records and Before Sunrise Records, and can be pre-ordered through Bandcamp. For more on Bike, check out the band's website.

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