The roots of Brazilian shoegazers Alles Club can be traced back to the city of Juiz de Fora, the place where a collection of like-minded musicians first started to explore the beginning steps of what was to become the band. But before the roster could become set in stone, it fell apart, with members moving on to other projects and bands. Duplodeck, which featured drummer Fred Mendes and guitarist Mr. Lopes, was one of the bands to come out of that dissolution. But Duplodeck went on hiatus around 2013 and so they needed another framework on which to hang their dense musical wanderings.
Ultimately, the idea of Alles Club wasn't so easily forgotten, and the band was brought back together with a few new faces including Nina Hübscher and Ruan Lustosa. They released an EP called "1999" at the end of 2016 and have since shared a couple of new songs. Released via Pug Records, these tracks are often labyrinthine in their guitar theatricality and possess a heart reinforced with the shoegaze echoes of bands like Slowdive and Ride.
For the video to their latest song "Quanto Tempo," the band explores images of nighttime karaoke in bars, dimly lit streets littering a vast cityscape and neon-streaked attractions diverting your attention. The guitars churn and spit distortion while the drums clang and clash in the background. Horns are introduced and provide a temporary shelter from this rush of melody-driven cacophony. Eventually, the karaoke session devolves into a handful of people moving and singing and playing along to the music. The sounds rise and fall in torrential patterns as the noise batters your senses, although the band doesn't lose any sense of rhythmic cohesion.
Toward the end of the clip, the images cut to what appears to be the band messing around in an apartment. And it's here that the music comes crashing down around you, with the brass, electric guitars, bass and percussion rolling down your spine and fully integrating themselves into your nervous system. It's a rousing and raucous track, one which shows that you can have a considerable rhythmic mass while still clinging to some fairly unorthodox pop-centric foundations.