The Bottletop Band

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The Bottletop Band
Background information
Origin England, Brazil
Genres Indie rock, Brazilian rock
Years active 2008 (2008)–present
Associated acts Eliza Doolittle, Gruff Rhys, Arctic Monkeys, The Charlatans, The Libertines, The Chavs, Babyshambles, Reverend and the Makers, Mongrel, Super Furry Animals, The Noisettes, Orquestra Imperial, Fun Lovin' Criminals, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Fink, Sam Sparro, Rodrigo Amarante
Members Eliza Doolittle
Gruff Rhys
Matt Helders
Andy Nicholson
Tim Burgess
Drew McConnell
VV Brown
Jon McClure
Carl Barât
Matt Park
Frank Benbini
Sam Duckworth
Fin Greenall
Sam Sparro

The Bottletop Band is a supergroup consisting of leading musicians of both Brazilian and English music. Mario Caldato, Jr. is the prime organiser of the band, overseeing the whole Bottletop band record and he was behind the mixing and production of the majority of tracks. Notable musicians include Carl Barât, Eliza Doolittle, Gruff Rhys, Matt Helders, Andy Nicholson and Tim Burgess. Despite primarily being a jam band, the band was eventually organised to record an album, Dream Service, from which all proceeds have been given the Bottletop charity. The charity in which supports initiatives in Brazil, Malawi, Rwanda, Mozambique and the UK, addressing key issues such as sexual and reproductive health, substance abuse and gender equality. The band's debut single, "The Fall of Rome", was made available for free download on the project's official website. The charity set up recording sessions at Dean Street Studios in Soho and in Rio de Janeiro with a wide variety of musicians to record a selection of ideas together under the stewardship of producer Jagz Kooner.

Dream Service[edit]

The Bottletop Band's first single from Dream Service, "The Fall of Rome" includes Tim Burgess (The Charlatans) on vocals, Matt Helders (Arctic Monkeys) on drums, Andy Nicholson (Reverend and the Makers) on bass, with Drew McConnell (Babyshambles), Carl Barât (The Libertines) and Matt Park (The Noisettes) on guitar. A remix of the track by Evil 9 was made shortly made after the single's release.

It was to be the English musicians that recorded first before the Brazilian musicians. These 'loops and live jams' were then sent across to Rio de Janeiro for the local artists to add their ideas. The tracks were sent back and forth between the two countries, in a flurry of studio sessions with a host of singers, bands and session musicians until eventually resting with producer Mario Caldato Jr., in L.A., having overseen the entire project, as he eventually pieced together the final material and mixed the tracks to create Dream Service, which consisted of ten songs altogether.


The project raises funds and awareness through credible musical collaborations and is the latest musical initiative pioneered by the Bottletop charity – it follows in the wake of the Sound Affects album series. The first release, Africa consisted of rare afrobeat remixed by Paul Oakenfold and Quantic amongst others. The follow-up album, Brazil includes remixes composed by Fatboy Slim and Jazzanova, and garnered praise from the likes of The Independent, Bob Geldof and Michael Eavis.

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