It’s not every day you come across records that claim to be inspired by vampirism, but such is the case with Italian production duo Ninos du Brasil’s latest LP, Vida Eterna. Comprised of visual artist Nico Vascellari and Nicolo Fortuni, the pair have previously released two albums, both heavily inspired by the Brazilian samba sub-genre of Batacuda, industrial techno, and punk vocals.
Having both met during the ‘90s punk scene in the band With Love, NDB eschews commercialism and places the performative intensity of their show at the core of their experience. All glitter, bombast and frantic percussion, Vida Eterna is no different in its eight tracks of sound-painting. The confluence of eerie vocals, intricate rhythms, and pulsating basslines reworks and reframes the cover art of an oil-painted, fang-bearing bat, an image taken from British artist Marvin Gaye Chetwynd’s Bat Opera series.
We spoke to Vascellari and Fortuni about their nocturnal fascinations, the influence of aesthetics on their work, and NBD’s journey from the streets of Rio Carnival into the unnerving, imaginative forest of Vida Eterna.
Read the interview on Hyponik.
[This piece was published on 06/10/17]