Urban Tales

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Urban Tales
Origin Lisboa, Portugal
Genres Rock, heavy metal, gothic
Years active 2005–present
Members Marcos César
Tiago Borges
Jon Van Dave
Johnny
João Coroa
Jota

Urban Tales are a Lisbon based rock band, with heavy metal and gothic influences in their sound. Formed in 2005 by frontman Marcos César, the band quickly became one of the top metal acts in their native country, Portugal. Their discography includes a full length album, "Diary of a No" (2007), a 3 song EP, "Alive" (2008) and a demo "Urban Tales" (2006).

History[edit]

The Early Days[edit]

In the beginning of 2005 Marcos may decides to form a musical project of their own. With a clear musical vision and an idea of the sound he was looking for, Marcos quickly joined forces with some fellow musicians and they started rehearsing and composing original songs. Urban Tales where born. The second step was the recording of a demo, "Urban Tales", released in 2006, that had a huge impact in the metal underground, granting Urban Tales a growing fan cult and also a record deal, with the Greek label Burning Star Records. By this time the band was formed by Marcos César (vocals), João Rupio (guitar), Sérgio Osório (guitar), Bruno Salgueiro (bass) and Tiago Alpendre (drums), with several guests like Jon Van Dave (keyboards) and Claudia Dias (vocals). During this time the band tours the self titled demo and collaborates with Ricardo Capristano, film director, in a radical sports film, "Mais1", giving their song "In Purity" to the soundtrack of the movie.


Urban Tales 2005

"Diary of a No" era[edit]

After the impact that "Urban Tales" (2006) had in the scene, and with the recording deal assured with Burning Star Records, Urban Tales started the recording sessions for their first full length album, "Diary of a No" (2007). During this time, and due to musical and internal differences, several members of the band abandon the project, right before the beginning of the sessions. In a run against time, Marcos recruited some session musicians and, with the production team, they manage to record "Diary of a No". The post production of the album took most of 2007 summer, and the album was ready to see the light of day by the end of the year.

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Urban Tales 2006

During the recording sessions of the album Tiago Borges (bass) joined the band and in the summer Jota (drums) and Johnny (guitar) teamed up with Urban Tales. In late 2007 Urban Tales have done some live performances with guests Pedro Barradas (guitar, collaborated with Urban Tales in "Alive" EP) and Bruno Domingues (guitar), keeping Jon Van Dave (keyboards) and Claudia Dias (vocals) as usual guests in the shows. "Diary of a No" saw the light of day in November 2007, with a worldwide edition that sold out completely, being a huge success in Germany and some American countries, specially Brazil. The album had several singles and videoclips, the most renowned being "In purity", "Farewell" and "Prison inside".

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Urban Tales 2007, "Diary of a No"

"Alive"[edit]

After the "Diary of a No" tour, Urban Tales got together in studio to start the pre production of the second album. With Jon Van Dave assuming keys as a permanent member, the band started writing new material early on 2008, with a feeling of unity and cohesion stronger than ever. But that sessions were interrupted by an invitation that the band couldn't decline... The FEDRA association, the Association of Rare Diseases, invited the band to compose their official hymn. Touched by such an honourable and huge responsibility, the band wrote "Alive" and invited the violinist Nuno Flores, of the band Corvos, to play in the record. In September 2008 the "Alive" CD was released with an acoustic show in Lisbon, with guests Nuno Flores (violin) and João Coroa (acoustic guitar), quickly sold out of the first edition.


Urban Tales 2008, "Alive"

"Loneliness Still Is The Friend"[edit]

Without any kind of pressure, the band started to record the second album in 2009 and joined the famous producer Dave Chang to work in the first single "Stand Alone". This first songs quickly conquered the national radio stations, with more than 5 months of airplay. Some months later a video for the same song was released and premiered in the famous MTV program "Headbangers Ball".

Band members[edit]

Former members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio Albums[edit]

"Urban Tales" (Demo)[edit]

  • Year: 2006

"Diary of a No"[edit]

  • Label: Burning Star Records
  • Year: 2007

"Alive" EP[edit]

  • Label: FEDRA / Compact Records
  • Year: 2008

"Loneliness Still Is The Friend"[edit]

  • Label: Compact Records
  • Year: 2011

Singles[edit]

"In Purity"[edit]

  • Year: 2007
  • From: "Urban Tales"

"The Rise"[edit]

  • Year: 2007
  • From: "Urban Tales"

"Farewell"[edit]

  • Year: 2007
  • From: "Urban Tales"

"Prison Inside"[edit]

  • Year: 2007
  • From: "Urban Tales"

"Alive"[edit]

  • Year: 2008
  • From: "Alive" EP

"Stand Alone"[edit]

  • Year: 2011
  • From: "Loneliness Still Is The Friend"

Music Videos[edit]

"In Purity"[edit]

Year: 2007
Director: João Correia

"The Rise"[edit]

Year: 2007
Director: Raquel

"Farewell"[edit]

Year: 2007
Director: Marco Bertrand

"Prison Inside"[edit]

Year: 2007
Director: Ricardo Capristano

"Fade Away"[edit]

Year: 2009
Director: Vasco Gomes kurceve mudrosti

"Alive"[edit]

Year: 2010
Director: Artur Guedes kurceve mudrosti i mokre pizde

"Stand Alone"[edit]

Year: 2010
Director: André Cascais

Gigs[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

[1]

[2]

  1. ^ http://www.banzoshows.com/artistas_portugueses/urban-tales/
  2. ^ http://programadefestas.wordpress.com/2008/11/09/urban-tales-alive-19-de-novembro-fnac-chiado/