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INTERVIEW: The Baggios

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

We’ve been great and and very excited for our first US tour. Thanks for having us Vents!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Estigma”? 

It was one of the first songs that makes the conception of the new album, “Brutown”, we wrote this song that talks about the fury of the people against the poor political conditions.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song? 

In Brazil, a wave people got out in the streets calling out for improvements and complaining about the socio-political conditions of the country. It was evident the strength that people have about the future of a Country. The music speaks a little about it.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes, we have a script but no idea when we will be shooting this video.

The single comes off your new album Brutown – what’s the story behind the title? 

“Brutown” it’s an imaginary city, where we talk about public policy, violence, corruption, financial exploration, but the album also talks about others themes likes: Emotions, Love… and these things haves a direct connection with the actual reality of many cities around the world. Besides, “Brutown” it’s junction of “brutal” + “town”= Brutown.

Would you call this a conceptual record? 

Yes, this is our first conceptual album, where the songs are linked to a more politicized theme.

How was the recording and writing process? 

The album was written in two years, where about 30 songs were produced and we explored another sonority, with the band sounding less raw, presenting a album with more arrangements and new elements. The album was recorded in 10 days in the legendary Toca do Bandido studio, a classic in Brazil, located in Rio de Janeiro.

How does Brazil influence the writing on this record? 

In relation to how the band sounds on this album, we spent the last few years listening to a lot of Brazilian music from the 70’s. And this is evident in some songs from the album. On the themes, it is completely linked to the current socio-political condition of the country.

What aspect of Brazil well-known political climate did you get to explore on this record? 

As I said a little above, this album talks about social revolt, people repression, but also talks about love, reencounters, hope, faith. It is a reflection of the band on various themes of the current world.

Any plans to hit the road? 

This album was released at the end of 2016, since then the band has performed several shows in Brazil, in many festivals here, and we’re now heading over to Canada – where the band will be featured in Pop Montreal 2017 – and the United States, with a series of shows that we will announce in a few days.

What else is happening next in The Baggios’ world? 

Well, we’re about to travel for our first tour in Canada and the United States. And we also plan to release an EP by the end of the year. And two more video clips off the album “Brutown”.

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