Os Haxisins: Back from the Lost Zone

 

Garage grooviness from
Brazil.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

 

Vintage equipment
+ analog recording gear + sixties-influenced garage glory: must be a choice
title from the Get Hip label, eh? Coming to an indie record store near you
right about now is Os Haxixins by Os
Haxixins, Brazilian garage done up right – think Music Machine, Standells, Nuggets, etc. – and performed in
Portuguese and English. Check out one of the most fucked-up videos ever filmed,
below.

 

Born and raised
in the “Lost Zone” (or “Zona Lost”), a pun on their tamed
neighboorhood’s name in São Paulo, Brazil (Zona Leste, a.k.a East Zone, a Brazilian
equivalent to NYC’s Bronx), Os Haxixins  are probably the most obscure and
ill-fated band in the city’s garage-rock scene. Influenced by hard to find 60’s
records, garage punk and psychedelia, the long time friends Sir Uly (drums) and
Fábio (guitar) decided to come up with a repertoire based “only on fuzz
pedal and guts”, according to Sir Uly himself, after a non-succesfull
experience in a band called the Merry Pranksters.

 

The name Os
Haxixins  came after they joined bass-player Daniel and organ player
Alôpra, inspired on the article “Le Club des Hachichin”, published by
French poet and novelist Théophile Gautier in 1846, which spawned a group
formed by French intellectuals such as Baudelaire, Delacroix and Gautier, among
others, dedicated to the exploration of drug-induced experiences, notably with
hashish. The text is available in the hard to find book “Récits
Fantastiques” (translated in portuguese as “Clube dos
Haxixins”). The meetings that took place in Pimodan House (Hotel Lauzun),
Paris, in which this Parisian society dwelt, and that’s the kind of stuff Os
Haxixins  identify with.

 

Besides the slick
60s thrift store outfits, they only play on old vintage equipment, which they
bravely drag to their gigs. The band also enjoys the projection of psychedelic
lights during their shows to help create the atmosphere. Playing around since
2003, they’ve performed in all kinds of dives and underground clubs in the city
of São Paulo.

 

After almost
giving up the idea of recording an album, due to the difficulty of getting
someone capable of capturing that sound of yesterdays, they were finally
endorsed by Berlin Estúdio owners and produced by one of them, Jonas Serodio
(from the Brazilian Sellouts, The Drugs, Thee Butcher’s Orchestra and The
Blackneedles) on reel-to-reel tape, achieving the desired result. The glorious
sound its surpassed by the songwriting talents of all band members, which
crafted original songs, all sang in Portuguese except for one, and there’s also
a cover, the frantic version of the garage classic “Dirty Old Man.”

 

Track Listing:

1- Onde Meditar 
2 – Dirty Old Man 

3 – Depois Eu Volto

4 – Surgia Por Sobre À Relva

5 – E Se As Pedras Caírem 

6 – Davi & Seus Lírios 

7 – Em Algum Lugar Da Mente
8 – Raios

9 – Viagem Às Cavernas

10 – Preciso Te Deixar 

11 – In The Deep End

12 – Àlgumas Milhas Daqui

13 – Atrás De Espaçonaves

14 – Voltei Demente
15 – Ácido Fincado
16 – Please Forget Me

 

 

Tour Dates:

 

Jun
4 2009

 

CABARET
MAXIME – Lisboa Lisboa, PORTUGAL

Jun
5 2009

 

ARMANZÉN
DO CHÁ – Porto Porto, PORTUGAL

Jun
6 2009

 

LA
BRUTA FEST- Coruña A Coruña, SPAIN

Jun
10 2009

 

GRUTA
77 – Madrid  Madrid, SPAIN

Jun
11 2009

 

BILBAO CLUB BULLIT Bilbao, SPAIN

Jun
13 2009

 

SANTANDER SALA HEAVEN Santander,
SPAIN

Jun
14 2009

 

Sala
mercantil – Badajoz Badajoz,
SPAIN

Jun
16 2009

 

SEVILLA
SALA OBBIO + DEL SHAPIROS Sevilla, SPAIN

Jun
18 2009

 

Who
Rock Bar Granada, SPAIN

Jun
19 2009

 

SALA
LA DUTXA – SANT CARLES DE LA RÁPITA (TARRAGON) Tarragona,
SPAIN

Jun
20 2009

 

Cafè
del Teatre
Lleida, SPAIN

Jun
21 2009

 

SALA
MONASTERIO – BARCELONA Barcelona, SPAIN

Jun
27 2009

 

PRIMITIVE FESTIVAL – Rotterdan Holland Rotterdam, HOLLAND

 

 

Video for “Preciso te deixar”:

 

 

 

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