About

Léo Lago

"Brazilian Frank Zappa on acid"   

There are no rules, limits or labels for the music I make and so it is hard to define my style. My approach where nothing is forbidden is often compared to Frank Zappa and Tom Zé, which are two major influences for me along with others like the Beatles, Brian Wilson, Mutantes, Raul Seixas, Jorge Ben and Ramones.

 

I create my music alone, recording the voices, programming instruments, playing guitars and bass, messing with what I got in my hands and mixing all in a melting pot of influences and effects.

 

"Drugs can't do this - obviously you were born this way!"

 

The desire to create has always been with me, but the first real step was a band called Selvagens (Wild Ones) that I created with my brother Leandro in 1997. The largest influence on the sound was the punk of the Ramones, but the first experiments appeared on songs like "Nowhere to Go" and "Gato morto". After one album (Punkixe), an EP (Lucas 12:49, which received a positive review in the brazilian magazine Rock Press) and a bunch of insane shows, the band disbanded in 2000.

 

Then me and my brother has focused on creating. Recording at home, we had time and freedom, and the experimentalism entered into an upward curve. The result was ready only in 2006: the album Asilo Harkam para músicos insanos (Harkam Asylum for the musically insane). Punk was still there, in songs like "Ode à loucura" and in the do-it-yourself spirit, but the influences and madness increased significantly, as shown in the vignettes that permeate the work, the general idea of the album and songs like "Terezinha canta um blues", "Dozedê Didi", "A corja" and the highlight "Anunziô Zumbi", which received a "How amazing!" from Hermano Vianna in the Overmundo site and many good reviews at the now extinct GarageBand site.

 

However, the five years that have passed shows the difficulty that was to meet my brother to record. So, I began to create alone songs like "Entre a máquina e a massa", "Vegetais" and "Blues de pai Joaquim", the latter receiving good reviews in Overmundo and giving me strength to continue.

 

Thus, in September 2007, I released my first solo work, Venturas e desventuras do engenhoso Cavalleiro do Lago (Ventures and misadventures of the ingenious Knight of the Lake). Since then I've been releasing new albums regularly.

 

Creating is a necessity - so always expect news.

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