FAVELA RISING is a Brazilian fronted d-beat band that sings in Portuguese and is based out of Minneapolis, MN. The have a very old school sound, a message of political unrest and have been playing basements in the local underground scene on and off for the past 5 years. Their first ever recorded track appeared on the Profane Existence WELCOME TO MINNEAPOLIS 7″ compilation. After it’s release their singer, Marcio, decided to bring the band back into the studio to record for a split 7″ with a band from Brazil called DEATH FROM ABOVE. Marcio decided he wanted to start up his own d.i.y. label, Lixo Social Records, and release the record himself… So after months of saving, toils and tribulations, networking, and figuring out just how and where to get everything done the FAVELA RISING / DEATH FROM ABOVE split is now out! In celebration of it’s release we are putting together a special that includes both their releases plus some extras.
PE Special #15 includes:
– FAVELA RISING/DEATH FROM ABOVE 7″
– WELCOME TO MINNEAPOLIS 7″ (featuring Favela Rising)
– Extra Welcome To Minneapolis Poster (for your wall!)
– Favela Rising “D-Beat Maniac” Patch (hand screened by Gary from MISERY)
DEATH FROM ABOVE 4 Trax EP
When I was in high school I played in a band called DFA (Death From Above), we were a total thrash-punk crossover band that listened to healthy doses of DRI, VENOM, METALLICA, COC, the EXPLOITED, etc. We just jammed for our friends and had a good time representing RFHC (Roaring Fork Hard Core). We never recorded anything other than practice tapes and we probably sucked.
This DEATH FROM ABOVE hails from Brazil and plays straight-up D-Beat, this is their first foray into the world of vinyl and they do not suck. DFA does not stray far, if at all, from the patented D-Beat formula and on this 4 song 7” they even cover DISCHARGE’s ‘War’s No Fairytale’ doing it perfectly.
This three-piece packs quite a punch and the production is immaculate. It’s heavy and warm… and punk as fuck! The packaging is the classic black and white imagery so common to this style of music, but folds out into a mini-poster of sorts. There are no lyrics with the genre and songs like ‘Bloody Streets’ and ‘Game of the Arseholes’ you pretty much know what they are about.
This is total DISCHARGE worship with little of its own identity but it is so well done that the record is actually quite fun and is worthy of its existence! (JoshMosh)