Introducing a band from a country outside of the usual North America/UK territory – from which most bands we cover here spawn – can be complicated. It’s more than a mere issue of language barrier, as many acts outside the Eurocentric spectrum just don’t translate well to a different culture. While Brazil has had many great artists capable of making that crossover for decades now, there’s one act from the country that we’re proud to present here and now: Black Drawing Chalks.
The group was formed in the Brazilian state of Goiás in 2005, when graphic design students Victor Rocha (guitar & lead vocals) and Douglas De Castro (drums) got together with the latter’s brother Denis (bass) and guitarist Marco Bauer. Combining their common love for raw, hard-hitting rock music from the likes of Black Sabbath, Soundgarden and Queens Of The Stone Age, the band released their debut album Big Deal in 2007, and immediately showed promise of being more than mere copycats of their influences. But it was only in 2009 that they started to gain some proper notoriety, as their sophomore effort Life Is A Big Holiday For Us contained the single-ready track My Favorite Way, with its great-looking animated video ensuring the band some deserved airplay:
Black Drawing Chalks’s popularity continued to grow through the following years, including festival performances that culminated with a great set at the first Lollapalooza Brazil – where they were arguably the biggest crowd-gatherer among the local acts. After a couple of lineup changes (their first guitarist gave way to Renato Cunha in 2009, who was then replaced by Edimar Filho in 2012), the group’s sound was clearly being further fleshed out over time. As new songs were premiered live, they demonstrated deeper guitar-layering, more complex grooves, and overall less straightforward song structures. The best example of that is probably Cut Myself In 2, the lead single off their third and latest album – watch its NSFW video below:
All of the group’s hard work towards a more identifiable sound resulted in the aforementioned third album, titled No Dust Stuck On You. Released on October 1st, it turned out to be a bigger step forward for the band than we initially expected. It’s still fundamentally basic rock music (described by themselves plainly as “music to drink and fuck to”), but in a way that’s incredibly hard to let go of. Over 15 tracks, they manage to fully absorb their influences, while delivering their own brand of infectiously crunchy riffage, and adding some much-improved pop hooks. The entire album is available for streaming below, and it’s definitely worth a listen (recommended: Disco Ghosts):