GALINHAS POLACAS COOK UP TACKY BRAZILIAN PUNK
CHEESY CROONERS BY DAY, ELECTRO PUNKS BY NIGHT
Galinhas Polacas, or Polish Chickens, are the last band you’d expect to find in Bahia, Brazil.
Bahia is the home of axé, a fusion of Afro-Brazilian and Caribbean music that lends itself to beachy, booty-shaking dance routines. Belvis and Edouard, the duo behind Galinhas Polacas, make weird noise punk that Frank Zappa would be proud of, and wear slaughterhouse-friendly aprons in their press shots.
But it gets even more delightfully weird. Belvis and Edouard’s day job (or other night job?) is playing in yet another band, called Movido a Alcool (“Alcohol Fueled”). M.A. specializes in playing rock and roll versions of Brega — romantic songs of heartbreak, loneliness, and alcoholism that have been mocked as the height of tackiness basically since the genre was invented in the 1930s. These dudes truly embrace the low-brow, and are ennobled by it.
Considering their roots in deep re-appropriation and irony (or straight cheesiness), their foray into dark noise electro seems almost pedestrian. Luckily the sound is still pretty nuts. Influenced by Tropicalia experimental rockers like Raul Seixas and Tom Ze, the duo have flipped their feelings: from heartbreak to heartburn. ”Bozo Nao Tem Cartilagem” (“Bozo Has No Cartilage”) is a metal-influenced electro garage-rock fest, with Edourdo chanting and then screaming lyrics about clowns putting on clown make-up, and other terrifying clown things. ”Sua Mae E Homem” (“Your Mom is a Man”) is more melodic and percussive, and less creepy than high-larious.
Rolling together the psychedelia of prog rock, the energy of punk, and the complete tackiness of their native brega, Galinha Polaca make us smile. After we’ve grimaced.
By Suyeon Kim
August 29, 2011
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