ACL Music Fest Interviews

ACL Music Fest Interviews

Brazilian Girls

Saturday, 7:15pm, Washington Mutual stage

Last year, the Brazilian Girls came on like the 21st-century answer to the Brothers Gibb – an otherworldly dance band that had been chopped, blended, and distilled by the New York underground. The belle of the ball, an Italian-German super-beauty named Sabina Sciubba, earned comparisons to Deborah Harry and Astrud Gilberto, while critics struggled to label the band's global, electronic stew. Multilingual, whip-smart, and not one iota Brazilian, Sciubba offered her own definition: "Melting pop."

This month, the Brazilian Girls, who are predominantly male – Didi Gutman on keyboards, Jesse Murphy on bass, and Aaron Johnson on drums – released their eagerly anticipated second album, Talk to La Bomb (Verve). Even so, Sciubba remains pragmatic about the band's modicum of success.

"As we still have a contract, we wanted to make this second record quickly," she says, noting that while the BG's self-titled debut garnered some fine press, it was not a smash. For the new disc, the band headed to Jimi Hendrix's legendary Electric Lady Studios and worked with producers Mark Plati and Ric Ocasek.

Sciubba acknowledges that the Cars were initially outside her listening orbit, but she found common ground with Ocasek, the band's iconic frontman.

"Ric is a very special character," she says. "He lived the life of an artist and managed to make a lot of money. Who would not want that in their own life?"

Born of nightclubs, Sciubba says that her own band is ready to bring its Dadaist performance technique into Austin's daylight. "I know what I'm going to wear," she teases, "but I'm not going to tell you."

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