Brazilian post-Tropicália band, BIKE, reveal their third album and plans for a European tour this autumn.
“Their Shamanic Majesties’ Third Request” is a cosmic leap from the band’s hallucinogenic debut album “1943”, released in 2015. It pushes the boundaries of psychedelia, fusing timbales and native indigenous percussion to create its own richly exotic universe of sound and texture.
Percussionist Brenno Balbino says: “After three years on the road, experiencing musical influences from across the world we have had the opportunity to create a sound that is global without sacrificing our truly unique Brazilian rhythms and roots. The result is an album that explores the boundaries of what it is to be human through Psilocybin and the occult power of nature.”
BIKE will be touring the album across Europe in the Autumn with dates and venues to be announced in the summer. This year integrating the lineup of the Swiss NOX ORAE festival.
“Their Shamanic Majesties’ Third Request” is performed by BIKE; Julito Cavalcante (guitar/vocals), Diego Xavier (guitar/vocals), João Felipe (bass), Daniel Fumega (drums) and Brenno Balbino (synth/percussion) in collaboration with Bonifrate for track ‘Inga’ and Tagore for ‘Cavalo’.
The name of the album is inspired by The Rolling Stones masterpiece, “Their Satanic Majesties Request”(1967), and the iconic Brian Jonestown Massacre, “Their Satanic Majesties’ Second Request” (1996). “Their Shamanic Majesties’ Third Request” is the first album released to be released by new Brazilian label Quadrado Mágico.
BIKE was the brainchild of musician and producer Julito Cavalcante and was born out of his experiences with hallucinogenic substances as well as the resurgence of the rich and diverse underground movement that defined Brazilian music more than 40 years before: Tropicália.
The Tropicália movement of the late 60s was a short-lived, though immensely prolific musical stable that combined samba or forró with experimentalism and psychedelia. Tropicália engaged with political issues that had real relevance to the people of Brazil, still living under a military dictatorship. The founders of this movement, musicians such as Gilberto Gil , Tom Zé , Gal Costa , and Rogério Duprat with band Os Mutantes were often persecuted and many exiled by the Brazilian government. It was art influencing and being influenced by the social politic. It coincided with the hippy counterculture sweeping Europe at the time and while it was brutally curtailed it undoubtedly helped to redefine Brazil’s relationship with its people and the rest of the world.