1975 -Dos benefícios dum vendido no reino dos bonifácios
1976 – Coisas do arco da velha
1977 – Hoje há conquilhas, amanhã não sabemos
1978 – Contos da barbearia
1980 – No Jardim da Celeste
1982 – Também Eu
1984 – Com Ti Chitas
Genre: Folk Rock, Progressive Rock
BANDA DO CASACO’s genesis comes from the reunion of jazz musician Nuno Rodrigues and FILARMÓNICA FRAUDE’s men António Pinho and Luís Linhares, who made the decision to establish a new group who could wield some influence in the Portuguese music scene. Their first LP, “Dos Benefícios de um Vendido no Reino dos Bonifácios” is a real provocation to the estabilishment.
In 1976 they launched their second album, “Coisas do Arco da Velha”, where the bands takes their satirical lyrics even further. The song “É triste não saber ler” (“A sad thing, not knowing how to read”) is a good example.
BANDA DO CASACO’s third and most renowned album, 1977’s “Hoje há Conquilhas, Amanhã não Sabemos”, features the inclusion in the band of António Pinheiro da Silva, as guitarist, as well as multi-instrumentalist Rão Kyao. This is the band’s most experimental album. Launched in 1978, the album “Contos da Barbearia” is a culmination of styles previously explored by the group.
After three years without any recordings, the band returns with in 1981 with a new album, “No Jardim da Celeste”. This album is the most rock-oriented of the band, a natural repercussion the growing trend in Portugal. It featured the inclusion in the band of female singer Né Ladeiras and Jerry Marotta, former drummer for Peter Gabriel.
In 1982, António Pinho leaves the group to write lyrics for pop-band “Doce”, while the rest of the band present the album “Também Eu”, which for the first time features vocals all done by one member, Né Ladeiras.
The final studio album by BANDA DO CASACO, 1984’s “Com Ti Chitas”, features the inclusion of a somewhat mystical figure in Portuguese music, old lady shepherd “Ti Chitas” (Catarina Sargenta), who sings and plays adufe on the album. It is the band’s biggest approach to strict folk music and traditional themes. The group disbands shortly after, while the new pop-rock, punk-rock and synth-pop of the 80’s slowly dominated the Portuguese musical scene.
Overall, the band had a very folkish sound, complemented by the use drums, keyboards and the occasional brass and strings, without really having a very strong focus on the “rock” part of “Progressive-Rock” or “Folk-Rock” (electric guitars, for instance, when in existence, were extremely subtle).
by João Cotrim
From Prog Archives0