MC Lord Magrão

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MC Lord Magrão
MC Lord Magrão
Background information
Born (1978-10-05) 5 October 1978 (age 40)
OriginSão Paulo, Brazil
Occupation(s)musician, film score composer, music producer, sound designer
Instrumentsguitars, bass, baritone guitar mandolin, vocals, keyboards, programming, turntables, synths, theremin, accordion, melodeon, melodica, musical saw, xylophone, metallophone, typewriter, pedal steel guitar
Years active1994–present
LabelsFantastic Plastic, Universal Music, Polydor, Geffen, The state51 Conspiracy, Hero Records
Associated actsPrendedor, Guillemots, LUNGS, Beck, Daniel Johnston, Longstone, Joan As Police Woman

Ricardo Bombine Pimentel (São Paulo, October 5, 1978), known by his stage name MC Lord Magrão (stylized as mCLoRDmAGrãO), is a Brazilian musician best known as the former guitarist for the English indie rock band Guillemots. Pimentel is a BRIT Award and Mercury Music Prize nominated multi-instrumentalist, film score composer, singer-songwriter and music producer. He is originally from São Paulo in Brazil but divides his time in London, Melbourne and São Paulo.

Notable songwriting contributions to Guillemots include the bassline on the song "Get Over It", the synth bass on the song "Kriss Kross", and the guitar riff on the song "The Basket". He also wrote the instrumental "Spring Bells", and the songs "She's Evil", "Monotonia" and "Blue Eyes".

He is known for his use of unusual instruments, most notably using electric power drills on his guitar and playing the typewriter and a giant clothes peg percussively. He is also known for his unique way of using guitar effects pedals to create otherworldly soundscapes.

In 2009, Magrão performed with Daniel Johnston at his Union Chapel show. They performed some of Daniel's classic songs including Speeding Motorcycle, Casper the Friendly Ghost, Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Your Grievances amongst others. Magrão primarily played accordion, melodica and xylophone.

Early life[edit]

Born in São Paulo, Magrão originally studied photography at Senac but dropped out after a year to focus on music. He played many guerrilla gigs around São Paulo with Prendedor, NonFone and Trio Charango.


In interviews he has stated that he listens to such bands as Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Beck, Einstürzende Neubauten, Can and Brazilian musicians such as Tom Ze, Chico Buarque, Cartola, Luiz Gonzaga and Hermeto Pascoal . His favourite guitarists include Kurt Cobain, Blixa Bargeld, Steven Drozd, Lee Ranaldo and Thurston Moore.

Music Score[edit]

Noteworthy (2018)

Dose (2017)

Alchemy: The Gold Plate (2016)

Blackthorne (2016)

The Gift of Loneliness (2016)

Thinking Out Loud (2015)

Boris In The Forest (2015)

Right, So What Are You Thinking? (2008)

Other Projects[edit]

REATOR meaning 'reactor' is an industrial project consisting of long term collaborators MC Lord Magrão and Xan Rojas. It was recorded in early 2015. Recording sessions took place between Melbourne and São Paulo respectively.

The duo have worked together for 20 years on many different projects including Prendedor, Elefante Árvore Inox, Caixa Surpresa, Trio Charango and LUNGS.

LUNGS is a trip-hop project consisting of MC Lord Magrão and artist Suzie Blake was first formed in 2013 as a one off project.

Their debut release 'Faraway' b/w 'Loner' was released on 29 July 2013, followed by 'Not Mine' b/w 'Hold Me' released on 8 November 2013 on Hero Records.

MATRACA is an experimental, industrial project by MC Lord Magrão. Recorded in London during the winter 2001.

TRIO CHARANGO is an avant-garde, experimental project consisting of Xan Rojas, MC Lord Magrão and Anderson Santana.

The group were known for performing guerrilla gigs around the city of São Paulo. Including a protest performance leading up to the 2000 elections. Recording sessions took place in November 2000 São Paulo, Brazil.

VAZIO is a noise rock project consisting of Maurício Campos, Heuler Rocha, Flavio Santiago and MC Lord Magrão. The project had a short but productive life from 1999-2000 São Paulo, Brazil.

PRENDEDOR meaning ‘peg’ is a musique concrète, experimental, industrial project consisting of MC Lord Magrão and artist Jonathan Gall with additional collaborations from Carlos Issa (Objeto Amarelo) and Xan Rojas.

The group were known for their use of non-musical objects played percussively such as matchboxes, typewriters, elastic band and a giant clothes peg and for performing guerrilla gigs around the city. The project had a short but productive life from 1998-1999 with a strong cult following in São Paulo, Brazil.

Other Work[edit]

He also works with photography and directs and produces music videos and short films. Right, So What Are You Thinking? (2008) was his first short film, ILK (2009)" and Marco Polo (2011) . He has written and directed the videos for Guillemots "Get Over It", "Take Me Home" and "Kriss Kross".