NÃO FALE COM PAREDES
Original Issue: 1970 Top Tape (TT-1000)
Reissue: 2004 World In Sound ( WIS-1025) Buy it here!!!
Margot-meter: 4,5 moons / 5
1 Turpe Est Sine Crine Caput
2 Não Fale Com Paredes
4 Lem - Ed - Êcalg
5 Ôlho Por Ôlho, Dente Por Dente
6 Metrô Mental
8 Salve-Se Quem Puder
from Aquarius Records
Super fuzz wah guitar and organ jamming stoner psych-prog from Brazil, circa 1970. Nine tracks packed with sinewy jams, trippy fx, weighty grooves... definitely appealing to the same head-space as contemporaries like Iron Butterfly, Dug Dug's, Captain Beyond, Speed Glue & Shinki, Hendrix, Flower Travellin' Band, etc.
Here's a quote from one of the band members, the organist, that ought to give some flavor of what they were all about: "The music of Modulo 1000 had its own appeal to an audience that wanted a heavy, raw, experimental, psychedelic sound. Our kind of music did not make it to the radio stations. It was too wild. The distribution of the record was done in a very limited way. The record label directors, which probably didn't understand or even didn't like our music, did zero promotion for the LP." Thus, one darn heavy, weird, and utterly rare record!
from Progressive Homestead
What makes their sound so unique are the musical experiments within the style of the harsh sounds of heavy psychrock. Just listen to the keyboards combined with guitar in rhythmic psychedelic pulses on several tracks, like on the strong opener, “Turpe est sine crine caput” (=”hairless head is ugly”), sung in a distorted voice. Here is shown a clever inventiveness of the organist using a dead simple idea to a level of psychedelic effectiveness by lifting it up to a combination with rhythms and guitar playing, in a very original way, and with some wah-wah effects. Elsewhere roaring guitar solo’s and complex changes in rhythms and very small improvised free forms uplift the genre of the already effective psychedelic rock genre to something different with an extra originality.
The album gained much later a legendary status amongst collectors, and also a musical historical value for progressive and psychedelic music in Brazil. The album at that time did not receive any promotion and was not understood by radio or commercial music promoters. So it became almost impossible for the group to survive in the long term with their sound, even when they had their own followers who were looking for such a deeper-down-into-rock psychedelia, a certain rawness combined with creativity.