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Too Old to Die Young

by Shiron the Iron

Beatin' the punk-blues-shit outta cigar box guitar and primitive drums!
Genre: Rock: 70's Rock
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1. Ain't No Man or Woman to Take My Soul Down
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2. Don't Take Long
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3. Poison Eve
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4. Calm Down, Brother
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Shiron the Iron takes me to places inside my mind i love to be. It all sounds imagetic enough to trip and somehow I feel many times as if I'm traveling through time and space. Deserts, islands, landscapes, towns, tomorrow, yesterdays. All of it charged with crispy voice and ironic interpretation, love words, overdrive, and subtle timbres from his the cigar box guitar that brings unique music to the world." Raulzion (Pequena Morte)


Tell us about this new vídeo. How was it done?
All takes featuring the band were recorded in one afternoon in my living room, where is also my home studio. We were having some beers and joints, performing while my friends Antonio Andrade (Photographer) and Vitor Jabour (lead singer of shoegaze band Kill Moves) recorded it all, using VHS cameras and outdated digital cameras. I knew I wanted some kind of punk amateur look in a nostalgic 90's atmosphere, something that could remind us our own teenage years. We recorded many live takes using different cameras and textures, than I mixed it up with some other footages I've been collecting on my trips. I also invited some artists I appreciate to send me some footage with their own interpretation of the song, but I didn't get many positive responses, most of them ran away when I said there would be no budget! lol But there were some warriors! Anyways, I eventually finished it up and it's being release on this issue of Cake Magazine, I really happy with the result and with this awesome opportunity.

The video was shot mostly outdoors, surrounded by nature, in your house uphill in Macacos village. Does it have a purpose?

Shiron: Sure. We wanted to look legit and honest in our video. This is actually the place I leave, it is the landscape I admire when I'm writing and when we are practicing the songs. I`ve moved to Macacos a year ago, thanks to my friend and neighbor Raulzion (lead singer of Pequena Morte) and it`s a really cozy place. And, if there is a message I'd like to spread with our work is that people should take the countryside back. I really believe that the next big revolutionary act might be this, to live, produce and create culture in farms, villages, hamlets... small centers with quality of life, lots of space, cheaper rents (or no rents at all), healthy poison-free food, and most of all, autonomy. We should start growing our own food, our own energy, our own freedom and happiness. Big cities are obsolete and are already collapsing. Sometimes I feel like I'm on a personal quest to make countryside more attractive to people.
Flávio Freitas: Life should be lived the simplest way possible... No bullshit, only beers, good music and people I care about.
Is this how you relate your lifestyle with your music? Once the songs are all country blues inspired. I also feel a touch of Brazilian music, am I right?
Shiron: Definitely. I lived a significant part of childhood and teenage years in Brazilian country side where Moda de Viola, is very popular, among the older ones specially. I used to listen these oldies because of my father mostly, cause my real attention was turned to punk and grunge bands that time to be honest. But if you pay attention to the lyrics, the legends and folklore that surrounds Moda de Viola, you will notice it's pretty similar to the blues. They talk about pacts with the Devil to get remarkable playing skills, crossroads, courses of rivers and even the guitar is open tuned. When I discovered delta blues, thanks to my friend Antonio, I couldn't avoid comparing the similarities and trying to mix them somehow in my music. So if you take a deeper listen to our songs you can notice some Brazilian rhythms and grooves. Of course punk and blues are highlights cause this is our real deal you know? It is too late for us to give up on rock 'n roll.
Flávio Freitas In this point me and Shiron are pretty much alike. And besides of my contact with countryside in my childhood, nowadays I spend half of my week teaching history classes in a small town called Belo Vale. This town has a significant matter in the way I play cause it drove myself closer to popular culture expressions like "Folia de Reis", "Congado" and also a Quilombola community. This contact was very important to work on the percussions and rhythmic elements of this project.
About the song. What is it about?
The lyrics are almost like a prayer to me. Something to rely on in hard times, it means life can take everything I have, money, house, maybe a relationship... but no one can take my soul down, my essence, my light. Maybe it will inspire and bring strength to someone who needs.

Tell me about your choice to use a cigar box guitar.
In a certain point of my researches on delta blues, this instrument crossed my path. For those who doesn't know it, is a kind of guitar made out of a wood box, a stick (neck) and a string, so you can play it using a slide. Bluesmen used to craft this instrument when they couldn't afford a guitar. What you gonna use for each part is a free choice, you could use a oil can instead of a wood cigar box, a hoed for the neck and add as many strings as you want... in other words is a incredibly D.I.Y instrument! I thought it was so punk, so cheap and great, so easy to play... It brings rawness to the sound and I liked it. So a tried to give it a extra punch with fatty overdrives and fuzz, and I guess I've found my "brand" on the instrument. I mean, I know some great artists who play cigar box guitars, but I try to play in a unseen way. I hope this way I can give my contribution to music.
Your album is being produced by Leo (Leo Marques, former solo guitar player from the brazilian band Diesel), did he also recorded it?
Shiron: Yes, Leo is a extremely talented musician, producer and sound engineer, especially when it comes to tones. He has a cosy studio in Belo Horizonte with lots of vintage analog equipment, tape recorders, amps and all the stuff, sometimes is hard to say if it is studio or a museum. lol He brought all the dusty atmosphere we idealized for the tracks, we wanted to sound raw, low-fi and heavy and he got it. I could imagine no one but him recording our album. I've been a fan of him and his work for years, I even sneaked into Diesel's dressing room once to get their autographs when I was younger, it's a honor to work with him.
You know, Leo was with Jerry Contrell when he first heard about Layne´s death. I mention this because your music brings me some 90´s intimate smooth violence sonority.
Shiron: Yes, it might be historically shocking! It's a shame to lose talented friends and/or idols to drugs. Alice in Chains is a great band, I love it. But yes, that's a beautiful and poetic way to describe our sound, thanks. I`m still a big fan of Nirvana, my first rock band was inspired by Cobain, Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, Smashing Pumpkins... And in this project, all the time we try to bring on feelings from our teenage days, back in the 90's.
Once we are talking about celebrities... Remind me that story... about the fight between Jack White and Patrick Carney (Black Keys), at the bar you were working at the time?
Shiron: I other hand that was historically funny. So, when I was living in NYC I used to work as a barback at a place called Niagara and I also had some shifts on this underground private bar called The Cabin. One night Lacey, the manager came to me and asked: "Iron, do you know a musician called Jack White?" I said: "Sure, I'm a big fan of him". She: "Good. I will need your help as a security guard cause he is downstairs hunger for kicking Patrick Carney's ass! You'll probably have to stop a fight between them! Hurry!" I got excited like a nasty groupie but worried about the fight, I mean, they are both a influence to my work as a musician, and maybe I'd have to use physical force on them! Shit! It was a explosion of feelings! lol When I got there Jack left the place with his angry face and Patrick was in his corner like a bullied kid. I mean, he wasn't shitting his pants or anything but I notice he was sad. Later he came to talk to me, we chat for a while, he said Jack oftenly accuses Black Keys of stealing his style/songs or whatever... Bullshit! Patrick seems to be really gentle and kind. Jack seems to be an asshole, I'm still a big fan of his music but... Patrick was tipping like a hundred bucks a drink, so I'm definitely Team Patrick! lol

All right! Let's get back to you guys. When you two are performing live, alone on stage, do you miss anything?
Flávio Freitas: Not at all, we get completely exposed on stage and that's great. The perception of the dynamics of the songs are more accurate, we go from calm and sweet to heavy and sour and that's what we got. Also, to be in band with only two people is great, we don't even need a band group on What's App! Everything is straight and simple.
And how did you get together?
Flávio Freitas: I first met Shiron sharing stages, I was playing with the Junkie Dogs and he was playing with Fusile. Once, he invited me to be on a video he wanted to produce, but it never happened... Later, he invited me to be a guest in a song of his new project and I never left! lol We happened to work so fine together that we are together in this now.
Why did you guys choose to be musicians?
Shiron: I'm a very skeptical person but I do miss some king of spirituality in my life. So when I'm playing my songs, is the closer experience I get to a divine connection. All my worries simply vanish and finally feel in peace.
Flávio Freitas: I don`t know, man. Music for me is a physical vital need like eating, shitting, fucking or drinking beer.





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