Tropicalia @ The Piston TONIGHT (and perhaps for the last time?)
Toronto’s Tropicalia started about 2 years ago as a tribute to the sound of Brazil during the 60s and 70s. For those that don’t know, Brazil’s Tropicalia scene was a multi-arts resistance movement against the tyrannical military junta that was in power at the time. As much as the Tropicalia scene was about visual art as well as poetry, the memories are always interconnected with the music. With names like Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa, Gilberto Gil, Os Mutantes and Tom Ze (to name a few) strumming guitars, banging drums and singing protest songs at the top of their lungs, who could forget the music?
Fast forward over 40 years later (and almost 6,000 miles north) when a group of Canadian musicians with a deep respect and admiration for the Tropicalia sound decided to form a cover band and adopt the name of the movement that inspired it all. Tropicalia (the band) has been working hard, playing gigs and winning over fans, both Brazilian and non, with their psyched-out, fuzzy guitars.
Tonight, Tropicalia are playing a show at The Piston, billing it as perhaps their last show in Toronto as ‘Tropicalia’. They’re getting ready to release their debut EP and perhaps they’re getting ready to re-brand themselves under a new name? Whatever the reason, you definitely need to see these guys live.
Go to the Uma Nota site for a great interview with lead singer Amy Medvick.
And here’s a nice video of the guys in action!
And finally, our favourite Caetano Veloso tune!
Tropicalia at the Piston w/ Free The People & DJ Jerus
The Piston 937 Bloor St. W – 9:00pm – $5