As someone who can admit that they know nothing about Brazilian Punk, I can safely say however, that I’ve found an excellent Brazilian Punk band. Os Krakens are based in Rio De Janeiro, and if the Punk scene is as strong as they sound then I suggest we all pack up and move there!
Their songs last seconds. I think only a couple may hit over the one minute mark, but hey, don’t compare them to the Ramones based on this. For me, they’ve got the same rage that’s found in one of the most underrated bands of all time-Kraut. Os Krakens embody everything I love about Punk, and how I want it to sound. The songs are fast and delivered with such urgency, it could possibly cause you to panic, and keep on hitting repeat. There is nothing calming about this band. As someone who suffers badly with anxiety attacks (like real ones, not “I’ve taken a quiz online so I am” kind of thing) Os Krakens give you this nervousness that keeps you on edge. You think something wild and out of control is about to happen, and that’s what keeps you listening to them. It’s totally the way they perform these songs that make you feel you’ve surrounded yourself with things that are sort of off kilter. Best way to be really.
They put out an EP in January, and the more recent one came out last month. I’d advise that you play them in order and of course, loud. If you can understand the lyrics, that’s a bonus for you. I can’t but it doesn’t bother me. I just love how they sound and how off the wall they are. I reckon their live shows are just as insane as they sound on record. There’s probably drinks and other bodily fluids flying around as the crowd go apeshit to the songs. Limbs are flailing, no one is watching the show through someone else’s mobile phone, and the crowd are yelling the words back- utter bliss. You’ll probably leave the show with a couple of bruises, and maybe someone else’s shoe. They most certainly have an addictive sound that I cannot get enough of. To some having songs this short may be annoying but personally, if the songs are this great- who cares how long they last! To release two EPs within a short amount of time gives me a lot of hope for this band, and a mountain of respect too.
I love how they have this “fuck it, let’s just do whatever” feel to their sound. It’s like they don’t put too much thought into what happens, they just let it happen and that’s something I really love and admire about Os Krakens. They aren’t doing this to please anyone, and that for me is again, another reason to love them. There’s only three of them in the band, but they make enough noise to sound like there’s a huge gang of them. I like to think that if I was in a band, this is probably the sound I’d go for. Os Krakens are wonderfully chaotic and this chaos is something that I really love. I love that it sounds all over the place but you can totally hear how brilliant they are as musicians.
Os Krakens have that thing about them that The Cramps had- they’re not afraid to test the listener, they’re not afraid to mess with your head and they sure as hell aren’t afraid to push their sound as far as they can in order to create this infectiously chaotic sound that I really cannot get enough of.
They’ve got this dangerous and out of line sound that goes beyond anything else I’ve heard in a long time. They’ve got the right attitude and the powerful songs to be one of the best Punk bands of our time.