If you've been lucky enough to see Gruff Rhys' film 'Seperado! then
you'll remember his encounter with Tony Da Gatorra. Tony Da Gatorra is a
Brazilian TV and VCR repairman, musical freedom fighter and the
inventor of his own unique ‘Gatorra’ instrument. Part drum machine,
part guitar, the Gatorra provides the unique sonic style of Tony’s
peace-loving protest songs. Having finally met, the pair undertook their
first gig together and promptly booked in to a Sao Paulo recording
studio to begin rehearsals... Gruff has said "We spent 5 days
rehearsing a set of songs to play live at the venue – our only shared
language was music itself so there was no small talk, just intense
concentration on the music.
On the final day, as the rehearsals had been so productive, we hooked up some recording equipment and took about 5 hours out to make a record.
We recorded several live takes of each song then chose the best versions. I added a harmony vocal overdub on two songs, otherwise it’s pretty much what we recorded at the time. Upon returning to Cardiff I took the songs to producer Kris Jenkins’s studio whose excitement for the album and general encouragement was infectious – then we called in noise legend Sir Doufus Styles to oversee the final mix.
Armed with 5 flasks of strong coffee, 75 sticks of gum and a bank of vintage compressors we mixed The Terror Of Cosmic Loneliness at extremely loud volume in one epic 12 hour session. "
Tony Da Gatorra adds, "Hello, peace my brothers, this record was made with lots of feelings and true love to bring consciousness and show a little bit of truth that needs to be said without hypocrisy. We are creatures of God, so there's no death. Spirit is light, all evil won't prevail – there's no evil when it crashes with goodwill."
The album, The Terror Of Cosmic Loneliness, will be released on 26th July via OVNI / Turnstile Music. To celebrate, Tony is flying in to the UK for three shows - including a first show at Cardiff's Clwb Ifor Bach on Thursday 29th July - which I'm delighted to be promoting. It is going to be one incredible event!SWN presents Tony Da Gatorra vs Gruff Rhys
Thursday 29th July
Clwb Ifor Bach
Tickets £12 adv exclusively from www.wegottickets.com