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Blasted Mechanism


Blasted Mechanism live

All photos by Hugo Lima | http://www.hugolima.com

This week’s weird band was suggested to us by a Facebook fan named João Nox, who we assume is from Portugal, because his name is João and this band Blasted Mechanism seems to be virtually unknown outside of Portugal. Which is a shame, because these guys fly a freak flag that should really be traveling in international waters. I’m not even sure what that means, but I haven’t had much sleep.

Blasted Mechanism have been around since 1996 and have played a lot of major European festivals alongside more famous band they charmingly misspell on their Facebook page: Pearl Jem, Linking Park. They’re a six-piece sorta electro-jam band with lots of dub/reggae and world music influences; one of the dudes plays djembe and didgeridoo, another plays a double-neck combination guitar/cavaquinho, which is a Portuguese cross between a ukulele and a mandolin. Except I think maybe they call it a Bambuleco or a Kalachakra or who fucking knows—a lot of their instruments are custom made so they can call them whatever they feel like.

Although their music sounds like a lot of fun live, what’s really more interesting about Blasted Mechanism are their costumes, which they’ve changed up many times over the years in an apparent attempt to discover the perfect combination of B-movie space alien, Aztec warrior, Mighty Morphin Power Ranger and Burning Man refugee. Here they are having fun with electroluminescent wire:

And here they are in perhaps their crowning achievement, an insane mix of gypsy-punk and peyote-fueled tribal freakout called “Battle of Tribes.”

Good shit, no? So thanks for introducing us to the weirdness of Portugal, João. Now what’s it gonna take for us to convince these guys to do a U.S. tour?

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Posted on March 20, 2013, in Band of the Week and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Saw Blasted Mechanism live back in 2008 while visiting my wife’s family in the Azores. Needless to say, my jaw was scraping the turf when we walked away after the show. They are so beyond unique. Their look and sound are on another level completely. Now I’m hooked on their music. US tour? Yes please!

  2. Lilia Herrera

    Been listening to these guys for quite some time and they are mind blowing!!!

  3. Wow! Minds blown. We’d say killer costumes, but we prefer to think they walk around the streets and hillsides of Portugal dressed like that.

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