Los Hermanos

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Los Hermanos
Los Hermanos.jpg
Los Hermanos in Belo Horizonte, MG, in 2005.
Background information
Origin Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
Genres Alternative rock, indie rock, MPB, skacore (early years)
Years active 1997 — 2007 (on hiatus)
(reunions: 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015)
Labels Sony BMG
Associated acts Little Joy, Banda do Mar
Website www.loshermanos.com.br
Members Marcelo Camelo
Rodrigo Amarante
Rodrigo Barba
Bruno Medina
Past members Patrick Laplan

Los Hermanos is a rock band from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The group was formed in 1997 by Marcelo Camelo (vocals/guitar), Rodrigo Amarante (guitar/vocals), Rodrigo Barba (drums), and Bruno Medina (keyboards/keyboard bass). Currently they are on an extended hiatus, performing sporadically concerts.

Although the band is Brazilian, the name is Spanish for "the brothers", which would be "Os Irmãos" in Portuguese.


Formation and first years (1997–99)[edit]

Until then students from Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Marcelo Camelo (journalism), and Rodrigo Barba (psychology) formed a band that countered the hardcore weight with the lightness of lyrics about love.[1] In addition, the band had with a saxophonist and later, keyboardist Bruno Medina, advertising student at the same college, was incorporated into the formation of the group. With the entry of musicians Rodrigo Amarante (vocals, guitar and percussion) and Patrick Laplan (bass) and with the output of three musicians of their formation (trumpeter Marcio and saxophonists Carlos and Victor), the band recorded in 1997 its first materials: demos "Chora" and "Amor e Folia."

The demos affected the underground scene of Rio de Janeiro and later the Los Hermanos were called to play at the "Superdemos" great carioca independent music festival and festival Abril Pro Rock, in Recife.

Los Hermanos and the single "Anna Julia" (1999–2001)[edit]

Logo used by Los Hermanos.

They recorded two demos that eventually found their way into the hands of Paulo André, the producer of the Abril Pro Rock festival, in Recife. The band was then invited to perform on one of the biggest alternative music festivals in Brazil, the Superdemo. Their self-titled album, released in 1999, became a huge seller on the back of the hit single "Anna Júlia". The album's success was driven by the song "Anna Julia" chosen - for the record - as the first single from work that resonated among young people, identified with the Jovem Guarda style lyrics, mixed to a musical group influenced by rock, ska and Samba.[2] The album was produced by famed producer Rick Bonadio, known to topple bands-phenomena. According Bonadio, he would have been responsible for convincing the band to enter the song in the final selection of the repertoire CD.[3] The single is inspired by a passion producer of the band and brought the band not only to radio stations across the country, but the various events such as agricultural fairs, soccer[4] stadiums and micaretas, and [5][6] to play for more than 80,000 people in some of the country festivals, even with only one record released.[7][8] The band was a regular on popular television programs in broadcast channels. In just one semester, "Anna Julia" was already included in the top positions of the leading radio stations in the country.[9] Its music video, which featured the actress Mariana Ximenes,[10] was constantly displayed on programs dedicated to gender both in open channels such as MTV. Only that year, "Los Hermanos" had sold 300,000 cópias[11] emplacado and two singles in the hit parade, as the aforementioned "Anna Julia" and the second single, "Primavera". The album also spawned a Grammy nomination in 2000. In the Multishow award, in 2000, in the category won the best song award with "Anna Julia", beating competitors such as Chico Buarque. Camelo said, "Man, I do not even know what to say I feel embarrassed to win a prize in a category where the Chico Buarque is competing.". The success of "Anna Júlia", in a general sense, overshadowed the rest of their career, leading some to think they are a one-hit wonder, despite experiencing success among fans and music enthusiasts with other works. The song has been covered by many different artists, including Jim Capaldi with George Harrison.

Bloco do Eu Sozinho (2001–03)[edit]

Marcelo Camelo at Fnac in 2003.

After the success of their first album, in 2001 the band released Bloco do Eu Sozinho, leaving behind the hardcore sound that highlighted their debut to a mix of rock, samba, and other Brazilian rhythms. Some of the songs on this album were played at Rock in Rio III. The band lost bassist Patrick Laplan, citing musical differences, which set up his own band, Eskimo. "Block ..." surprised much of the public to be an album (almost) no remnants of the former. The euphoria of the first CD was not repeated in sales and the band went on to play in smaller venues, with the decrease of their audience. But from that point, the band gained a major ally in their walk, just the public, which showed ever more faithful. Songs like "Todo Carnaval tem seu Fim" (first single), "A Flor", "Sentimental", among others, have become hits aside from the commercial side. After a launch time, the critics begin to praise the album, which gained notoriety in the middle after having come to the attention of all the divergence that existed between the band and the label. The guitarist Rodrigo Amarante, now has more space in the band, with compositions like "Retrato Pra Iaiá", "Sentimental", "Cher Antoine" and "A Flor" (the one with Marcelo Camelo). This was followed by further participation in "Fordsupermodels" (the band played on a stage, doing the soundtrack for the fashion show) and Luau MTV, which were included in acoustic version, the first and second CD music, and later to be released on DVD. The Bloco do Eu Sozinho despite derconsiderado as one of the best Brazilian rock albums of all time not make much impact in the media mainly due to conflicts with the label Abril Music.[12]

Ventura (2003–05)[edit]

The follow-up to Bloco do Eu Sozinho, Ventura, was released in 2003, and the band's sound was even more influenced by samba, choro and bossa nova. Although these albums weren't as commercially successful as Los Hermanos, they were acclaimed by critics and generated a strong cult following which propelled the band to be regarded as one of the defining alternative rock acts in Brazil, mainly because of their elaborate lyrics and their mixture of Brazilian rhythms with rock.

The year 2003 arrived and already in BMG (now Sony Music), the Hermanos released the album "Ventura". Before calling the "Bonanza" was the first Brazilian disc "leak" in its pre-production phase. The third album featured a Los Hermanos multi-faceted. Of "Samba a Dois" to the pop rock of "O Vencedor" or the dialogues of "Conversa de Botas Batidas" and "Do Lado de Dentro", "Ventura" was with album status that would consolidate the band on the national scene. The first single, "Cara Estranho" marked good presence on the radio and music video awards. Then came "O Vencedor" and "Último Romance", the latter of Rodrigo Amarante, who signed five of the 15 songs on the CD and started to stand out as a songwriter scene. The singer Maria Rita in his eponymous album, recorded three songs of Marcelo Camelo: "Santa Chuva", "Cara Valente" and "Veja Bem Meu Bem". The shows began to house a legion of fans who have become the trademark of the band. It was on the tour of "Ventura", which was recorded the DVD "Live at Cine Iris", recorded in Rio de Janeiro, with a predominant repertoire CD. It was at this time that the band recorded the soundtrack for the short film "Castanho" by Eduardo Valente, where the disco style was very evident in the early version of "Talk ..." and the song known only as "Tema do Macaco".

In the presentation of the band in the VMB 2003, they were presented by singer and composer Caetano Veloso. In announcing the band, Veloso put a fake red beard, like all members of the front rows of the awards. Classified the act as "embarassing" by keyboardist Bruno Medina.[13]

In January 2004, the band performed in Domingão do Faustão program. During the show, the band played the song Anna Julia, due to the insistence of the presenter Fausto Silva to say that the band "never played" the song. The band received an email from a fan, questioning and criticizing the presenter. This criticism was refuted by keyboardist Bruno Medina, at the very site of banda.[14]

In July 2004, the singer Marcelo Camelo was assaulted by Chorão vocalist of Charlie Brown Jr.. The attack occurred in the arrivals hall of Fortaleza airport and the aggressor came to be arrested by Federal Police.[15] Charlie Brown Jr., even sending a note apologizing for the event,[16] were prosecuted by Camelo and had to indemnify the singer of the band Rio for moral damages and reimbursement of canceled commitments. The attack occurred because of statements from Marcelo Camelo and Rodrigo Amarante, the OI magazine on the then recent advertising campaign for Coca-Cola soft drink brand. On occasion, the Sao Paulo band was contracted and, in the video, questioned a boy who did not agree with the items offered in commercial.[17]

In 2008, both Bloco do Eu Sozinho and Ventura figured in Rolling Stone magazine's list The Top 100 Brazilian Albums of All Time, placing 42nd and 68th, respectively.[12]

4 (2005–07)[edit]

In 2005 comes the fourth CD of the band, "4". Produced by Alexandre Kassin, who had signed the last two, the album showed a more introspective content and a more impactful approach to MPB. The record, however, would be considered "irregular" by the great criticism. Be the guitar "Sapato Novo" and bossa "Fez-se Mar" or the predominance of a nostalgic mood in the lyrics of Camelo and Amarante, "4" again divided the public: the band was in another new direction. The album had the single quite repercussions the song "O Vento" guitarist Rodrigo Amarante. There followed this single "Condicional" and "Morena", both songs with the same time launched clips.

In 2006 the band toured Portugal with The Strokes for the second time and Spain with Portuguese band Toranja.

Recess and hiatus (2007–)[edit]

On April 23, 2007, after ten years of uninterrupted career work, the band announced a recess for undetermined time span (hiatus). The note on the official website affirms there were no quarrels whatsoever among the band members, the reason for the recess simply being each one's need of time to dedicate to other personal activities. On the same note the band also announced its three final performances on June 7, 8 and 9th in Rio de Janeiro. The two vocalists of the band launched, in 2008, their work during the hiatus of the band. Camelo released their brand new album, called Sou and another later called Touch It and Amarante joined Fabrizio Moretti, drummer of The Strokes New Yorker to launch the project Little Joy.

In 2009, Los Hermanos played at "Just a Fest" festival at São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, along with Kraftwerk and Radiohead. But, according to Bruno Medina these two concerts don't mean the band will record an album soon.

In 2010 they played in the SWU Music & Arts Festival and four additional gigs but no one clue to a future reunion or a new album.

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the band, in 2012 they toured 13 cities around Brazil.

In December 2014 was announced that the band would be headlining three concerts at Marina da Glória during the official celebrations of the 450th anniversary of the band's hometown, Rio de Janeiro, in 2015. After the announcement of these concerts, more than 27.000 fans asked via the crowdfunding website Queremos! for a tour around other cities in Brazil, that was soon announced, including 8 more cities. A fourth date at Marina da Glória was announced due to high tickets demand.

Band Members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Marcelo Camelo - lead vocals, guitar, bass (1997–present)
  • Rodrigo Amarante - guitar, lead vocals, bass, flute (1997–present)
  • Bruno Medina - keyboards (1997–present)
  • Rodrigo Barba - drums (1997–present)

Touring Members[edit]

  • Gabriel Bubu - bass, guitar, vocals (2001–present)
  • Marcelo Costa - saxophone, clarinet (2001–present)
  • Valtecir Bubu - trumpet (1999–present)
  • Mauro Zacharias - trombone

Former Members[edit]

  • Patrick Laplan - bass (1997 - 2001)



Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

  • Los Hermanos na Fundição Progresso - 2008

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Perfil - 2006


  1. ^ Entrevista ao Site Scream & Yell / fevereiro de 2002.
  2. ^ Entrevista da banda ao site Scream Yell, à época do lançamento do segundo disco / fevereiro de 2002.
  3. ^ Matéria do site da rádio 89 FM comenta a entrevista do produtor Rick Bonadio, cedida à revista Superinteressante, na qual afirma ter produzido o disco da banda e ainda chama o grupo de "bando de playboys da Barra da Tijuca" / janeiro de 2005
  4. ^ Matéria do site Globoesporte sobre a adesão da música "Anna Julia" pela torcida do clube de futebol Vasco da Gama.
  5. ^ Site "Natal Já", comentando a participação de trios elétricos no carnaval de 1999, na cidade de Natal. O nome da música é grifado de maneira incorreta. / dezembro de 1999
  6. ^ cities.com/SoHo/Easel/8723/carnaval2000.html Ricardo Tacioli comenta a participação dos hits Anna Julia e Mulher de Fases no carnaval do estado da Bahia, em 2000 / março de 2000.
  7. ^ ou http://www.dosol.com.br/2008/08/06/memoria-entrevista-com-os-marcelo-camelo-em-abril-de-2002 Entrevista de Marcelo Camelo à época do lançamento do segundo disco da banda / abril de 2002.
  8. ^ Entrevista da banda ao site Scream Yell, à época do lançamento do segundi disco / fevereiro de 2002 .
  9. ^ Declaração de Bruno Medina, em seu blog / agosto de 2008.
  10. ^ ocities.com/chispbr/mariana_ximenes Biografia da atriz / Agosto de 2008: Protagonizou o clipe "Anna Júlia", do grupo Los Hermanos.
  11. ^ Matéria com entrevista ao site Scream Yell / Fevereiro de 2002.
  12. ^ a b Rolling Stone's The Top 100 Brazilian Albums of All Time
  13. ^ Matéria da Revista Veja sobre os Los Hermanos, comentando o ato de Caetano Veloso / Outubro de 2003: "Caetano Veloso até vestiu uma barba postiça, à la Los Hermanos, para apresentar o grupo na mais recente premiação da MTV. "Foi um gesto até bonito, mas ele não precisava pagar aquele mico", diz o tecladista Bruno Medina".
  14. ^ Email de uma fã da banda e resposta de Bruno Medina sobre a apresentação no programa Domingão do Faustão / janeiro de 2004.
  15. ^ Matéria da Folha de São Paulo sobre a agressão / julho de 2004: O líder da banda Charlie Brown Jr., Alexandre Magno Abrão, o Chorão, acertou uma cabeçada no nariz e um soco no olho do vocalista e guitarrista do grupo Los Hermanos, Marcelo Camelo, no aeroporto de Fortaleza.
  16. ^ Chorão pede desculpas a Camelo / julho de 2004: O vocalista do Charlie Brown Jr., Chorão, pediu desculpas para Marcelo Camelo dos Los Hermanos, porém, Marcelo Camelo não se comoveu com o arrependimento de Chorão e continua com a idéia de processá-lo pela agressão sofrida no último dia 2 em Fortaleza.
  17. ^ Declarações à Revista OI e nota da assessoria de imprensa da banda carioca / julho de 2004.

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