Mão Morta – July 24
Over the last three decades, Mão Morta has always had a say in the direction of rock in Portugal. With a discography that adds more than 14 original records (to which live records or compilations are added), the Braga band has divided opinions, created some generational anthems and has a route where there are many curious episodes. One of them took place just before its formation, when Harry Crosby, then musician of the New Yorkers Swans, considered that Joaquim Pinto “had the face of a bass player”. This opinion, shared in Berlin sometime in 1984, after a concert by the American group, served as an incentive for Joaquim Pinto to be encouraged to learn to play bass and form a band. So Mão Morta band was born.
“Mão Morta,” the debut album, was released in 1988 and did not disappoint those who followed the group until then. The acclaim of the press, the adherence to the concerts that followed and even the praise of Nick Cave (for whom Mão Morta made the first parts in Lisbon and Porto that year) contributed to the start of the group’s discography done in the best way. It was a completely different record than it was then in Portugal.
Since then the Mão Morta has become one of the largest cult bands in Portugal and surroundings with major festivals such as Rock In Rio Lisbon, Alive, Paredes de Coura – where they have recurring presence – Primavera Sound Porto or Reverence and performances in Spain, France, Italy and Brazil.
In 2018 Mão Morta began to play excerpts of what they announced to be the next conceptual work, which debuted at the beginning of 2019 in a completely crowded room of Guidance – International Festival of Contemporary Dance of Guimarães. It was “No fim era frio”, a dance show created in cooperation with the choreographer Inês Jacques, and that besides the band includes the presence of six dancers. The song of the show, recorded in the studio, is the next album of originals, “No Fim Era o Frio”, scheduled for September 2019. Madeira will be one of the first places in the country to know the new work of originals, concert that precedes the official performances of the album in the big rooms in September in Portugal, a luxury, live in the L Concerts.