My second and loudest Brasilian production was with the band Single Parents. What started out as a three piece rock record slowly mutated into uniquely dense shoegaze universe that surprised us all.
Single Parents is an alternative rock band from Sao Paulo (Brazil), formed in 2009 by Fernando Dotta (vocals and guitars), Anderson Lima (bass) and Rafael Farah (drums).
Their songs are highly influenced by grunge, shoegaze, lo-fi and post-punk scenes based in the USA and UK from early 1990′s.
In January 2010, the trio has released their debut EP “Could You Explain?”, a 4-track album composed in english. Bands like Pavement, Nada Surf and other college rockers stands out as influences to this work. To propagate their noise and spread the word, the band toured around their country, playing in a bunch of important festivals and clubs from different states, including a brief tour in New York during April 2010 and highlight in many local blogs. Single Parents’ first video “Homesick” has been broadcasted on MTV Brasil and MTV UK since June 2010.
The trio has started working on their first full album “Unrest” in February 2011. To produce this material, the band headed to The Seaside Lounge studio (Brooklyn/NY), where bands such as Beirut, The National and New Pornographers recorded previous material. Tape recording these sessions was an important decision, which contributed to a “warm” sound for the record, produced by Roger Paul Mason (Dirty Projectors, Mike Patton, Holger) and mixed by Guilherme Toledo. Mastering by Matthew Agoglia (Spoon, Arctic Monkeys, Manic Street Preachers) at Masterdisk, NY. There were some special guests invited by Single Parents, such as the violinist Kotono Sato – who worked with Gorillaz, Gnarls Barkley and The Good The Bad & The Queen – and other musicians from Brazil and New York playing horn, viola, percussion and singing.
In February 2012, Single Parents’ released a video for “Stop Waiting (For Me Now)”, first single from “Unrest”. It was shot in New York during their recording sessions, added to unreleased footage from previous shows.
“Unrest” was released in March 2012, digitally by Trama and Compact Disc format by Balaclava Records (label owned by Single Parents), distributed by Tratore and Popfuzz Records in Brazil.
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