The Brazilian band Elite Na Mira is a really good punkband which mixes 77-punk and hardcore in a really good way. Marcio drums in the group and he have answered these following questions from me in November-2015
Please tell me a little bit history of the group?
-Pajé: Vocalist,35 years old, single with no children, history teacher and single band participated.
Marcio: Drummer, 36 years old, English teacher, married with two children has also a heavy/trash band.
Jael: 44, bassist, single, civil servant, sometimes anxious, among other bands, plays on Marteladores de Cabeças and Dr. Fritz.
Albert: 26, guitarist, single, engineering student have been played in a band called Sandnan and currently plays on Elite na Mira anda Na Reserva.
-The band has been influenced by punk rock, bands like Ramones as well as many Brazilian rock bands from the 80’s.
-We are satisfied with the band’s name. Best names for us are Os Replicantes (The Replicants), Ira (anger, in English) and Metallica.
-Best place to play alive is any place with a good sound, in terms of quality.
And where is best to play? And the worst place?
-Worse place to play alive is that in which sound is poor
-Brazil is a country of continental dimensions. It is hard to say, but in our state Pernambuco, it is hard to play Punk Rock there are few spaces or festivals.
Every kind of rock band or fusion music like Mangue beat, there are many styles and diversity, so the festivals are for bands of all kinds of style.
-Simple, objective and true.
-It’s a kind of contagious music because of its simplicity.
-This is good way of promoting your band, it’s a new reality where you can discover new bands as well as old bands.
-Investments in education are being made, hence democracy is growing.
.The punk scene is still very attached to what was done in the years 80/90. Good influences are Cólera and Olho Seco. In our state stand out Câmbio Negro HC and Devotos.
-We know just a little about your country. All we know is that you have good metal bands, the politicians are the less corrupt and the girls are pretty.
-We’ve already heard many bands, some of metal and other pop rock such as Europe, ABBA, Meshuggah, Opeth, Hammerfall.
Your lyrics, who does them and what influences you? Only in portugese?
-The lyrics are written in Portuguese by Jael and Pajé. We write songs about things that happens in politics, daily facts and social relations.
-Lyrics are made at random, then there exists the possibility of we write about any issue.
-Usually the rock looking to challenge the social status, which is governed by the policy, because we are essentially political beings.
Best political band/artist?
-All the band agrees that music can change lives. It makes you see life in a different, positive way and reflect about your moments and feelings.
-We have the help of friends to do our covers, always trying to follow the concept of the album. Favorite cd covers are The dark side of the moon – Pink Floyd; The battle of los angeles – RATM; all Iron Maiden’s.
-MP3 is nowadays a better way to promote your band and new songs via internet so we think this is more important than make the old model of discs.
Please tell me a funny thing which have happened during your career and under some gig?
-A funny thing always happens during our performance live when many fans go up in the stage to sing along with us and then everything goes in a mess.
How does your audience look like? Which people do you miss on your concerts? Which is the biggest band you ever have played together with?
-Our audience is pretty diverse and we like it because they are students, workers and friends. The biggest band we’ve ever played with is Nação Zumbi.
-Five favorite records: Dead Fish – Contra todos; Ramones – Loco Live; Dream Theater – Awake; Pink Floyd – The dark side of the moon; Garotos Podres – Pior que antes.
Favorite concerts: Iron Maiden; Motorhead; camisa de Vênus; Pearl Jam; Pink Floyd.
Most important thing in life: Family; preservation of the environment; to express in music; the right to choose; to do what we like to do.
-Interviews are not boring, they are another way to show band’s work. Unfortunately there aren’t many of them.
-Ramones; Motörhead; Olho Seco; Bad Religion; Os Replicantes.
-Music helps anybody feeling better. It can even improve our mood.
-There are questions less important and questions we like to answer.
-Plays concerts and consolidate the new album as happened whit the other
-To have fun playing with the guys and do a concert in Sweden.
-We want to thank you for the interview and we apologize for the delay in answer it.