Restart in 2010 (above: Pedro Lucas and Pedro Gabriel // below: Lucas and Thomas)
|Origin||São Paulo City, São Paulo, Brazil|
|Genres||Teen pop, pop rock, synthpop|
|Years active||2008 - Present|
Restart is a Brazilian pop band that independently formed happy rock in São Paulo in August 2008. It became one of the best known bands in the country, touted as being one of the pioneers in the use of colored clothes, especially pants. The band's first album was released in November 2009, entitled Restart. It has three songs - "Recomeçar", "Levo Comigo" and "Pra Você Lembrar".
Their colorful fashion trend competed with the so-called Power Pop subculture in Brazil - seen in the youth of Brazil as well as much of Latin America. These teens are called Power Pop for being fans of the music, a subgenre of happy indie rock that only has few supporters in big cities like Curitiba and São Paulo, still very unknown to most rockeiros (Brazilian rockers), punks the same as others, with rivalry and dislike between the emos and the colorful group, seen more commonly among the latter. Many of the colorful exhibit affinity for other such pop artists as Justin Bieber. Just as the Brazilian anti-Power Pop's usually have a particular aversion to the band (in spite of being an independent band, Restart is widely criticized for its distance such notable ideologies as Do it yourself, and labeling themselves as creators of a unique and innovative rock, but not cultivating this musical genre). Dinho Ouro Preto, Capital Inicial, a famous Brazilian musician, made severe criticisms against Restart. Felipe Neto, a Brazilian famous blogger, was also critical of the band Restart and the "colorful" movement.
- Pedro Gabriel Lanza Reis - vocals, bass
- Pedro Lucas Munhoz Convá - vocals, rhythm guitar
- Lucas Henrique de Olivera Kobayashi - lead guitar
- Thomas Alexander Machado D'Avilla - drums
- Restart (2009)
- By Day (2010)
- Geração Z (2011)
A controversy surrounding the band was raised by the lead singer of Detonautas. Tico Santa Cruz accused the band of opportunism, emphasizing that they were charging money to get fans in their dressing rooms after their performances.
On March 9, 2011, a video of the band's drummer, Thomas D'Avila, was released on YouTube, allegedly offending the inhabitants of the state of Amazonas. The video showed an interview in which Thomas was asked about a place where he would like to perform. In response, the drummer said he would like to go to Amazonas to "play in the jungle."
This statement caused unease among the inhabitants of the state and north of the country. In Manaus, some protests against the band took place. Among the protests was the Popular Movement Game Over Ignorance, composed of city youth.
A few days after the D'Avila's statement, the producer, Mega Events, responsible for organizing the show the band in Manaus, canceled the presentation of Restart. In a statement, the company brought up the subject of "public policy" for such a procedure.