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Today, Suricata released the second single from its EP homónimo. We took the opportunity to get to know this piece better with a 15 minute talk with Pedro Gil, guitarist and composer, and the multi-instrumentalist Tércio Freire. Come with us on this sound journey and listen to the new sound theme!
We are not used to seeing Suricata in their natural habitat in these southern lands! However, in the figurative sense, the people of the coast, due to their intimate connection with the sea, end up behaving similarly, they are particularly attentive and staring at the distance, nostalgic perhaps. Is Suricata's music the music of these Portuguese feelings?
Tércio (T) Yes, I think nostalgia, nostalgia and the sea are represented there.
Pedro (Q) We are Portuguese and as such what we do artistically reflects this culture. However, being Portuguese is a multitude of things and music!
Pedro Gil and Tércio Freire, being friends and musicians with a wide musical background, having collaborated with numerous artists and shared so many stages, how long have you nurtured the desire to collaborate in a creation of this nature? How did the combination of these two guitars that make up the duo happen?
P It happened quite simply and very naturally. I'm always composing (compulsively) and sometimes I would show Tércio some things, sometimes we would play some ideas. One day we got together at the vagabundo studios to work and then record. Tércio's baritone guitar is the special ingredient that was missing in these songs.
T Yeah, it was very natural. We've been playing together for many years and we've always exchanged a lot of ideas in rehearsals. I even played those songs on bass, but as Pedro Gil said, we ended up using the baritone guitar as a complement.
Suricata music gives us very strong links to Fado and Blues, two styles with so much in common, and Jazz. In this first EP clearly the intention is to explore these paths in symbiosis. Is there, however, a willingness to explore other languages that didn't have space in this first EP, or will these already presented references define Suricata's adn?
Q For me it is a trouble seeing music through styles, I can't compose thinking I'm doing blues, jazz or fado, however as an exercise I can do it. I like the mix and I compose whatever I feel like that day. I mean that in Suricata anything is possible as long as it is musical and honest.
T Yes, we describe our music a lot not with a definition of style but more as sound landscapes, however there are always some of our influences.
The creation of sound ambience is, in fact, a premise of the project. During the creative and compositional process there is the intention to define a space and a time for it? How do the melodies and arrangements meet you Pedro?
P I am very practical in terms of composition, perhaps because of my classical and jazz background. I compose a little every day, take a sheet of paper and compose melodies or ideas. I'm not very good with words so I always try to make good melodies to express myself, usually I sing inside and don't use the instrument to compose. Interesting things come up when we sing inside. Something strange in my compositions is that they usually don't have a chorus and I like to open the structure for melodic improvisations.
If we ask you to name a number of authors and musical references that have influenced the definition of your sound, what names come up to you immediately and which you advise your fans to explore as well?
Q Even though I don't notice very much, my strongest reference will always be Mark Knopfler. I like Ry Cooder and Marc Ribot as well. I've been listening to Jakob Bro lately. I also like classical music a lot, especially Bach and Debussy.
T I listen to all kinds of music, however I advise people to listen to the singers like José Afonso, Bob Dylan, L. Cohen or Tom Waits.
We know that at this particular time social events are suspended but we believe that many fans and friends have already asked you to see, hear and feel Suricata live. Since the pandemic deprives us of that pleasure in the coming days, is there anything you are planning when this pandemic situation is over?
T We had already scheduled some dates and even a concert with recordings at ETIC, we were also doing a collaboration with Afonso Dias for the 25th of April, however the concerts were postponed and/or cancelled, but as soon as everything is back to normal we will do the EP's release concert and continue playing.
P And also to be back with family and friends! [laughs]
Today is also the day you present the 2nd Single of your EP homónimo. "Fall" is the name of this new theme. Any special mark you want to leave with this track?
P It's an old song of mine, in this song I felt it had to be both singable and melodic from beginning to end. Anyone can sing the whole song, even the solo part.
T Yes, we got this version sung (in English) in an old formation of The Fried Fanekas blues band. But I love it in instrumental.
To finish with the usual question, when can we expect a new set of Suricata themes? Are there already plans for a longer time period?
P Themes and ideas already exist, if all goes well this year we will record an album.
T When preparing the concerts, we ended up adding some traditional themes from our regions, Azores, Trás-os-Montes and Algarve. Therefore, something with more traditional roots may appear in a next recording.
Thanks Pedro and Tércio
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