Out In Style is one of the most interesting USHC-bands around right now. Here´s an interview with them done in February 2023.


Please tell me a little history of the group, members and what you do when you don´t play music, what do you work and which ages are you in?

-We started in 2016, when I (João Xavier) went to Canada to meet Ricardo, our drummer, to rehearse and record our first EP in the USA. We did not have a guitar player, so I had to record pretty much everything but the drums, which Ricardo did. Later on, Marlos joined the group to play guitar. When we don't play music, we work a lot. We all work in different offices with different roles. Today I am 29, Marlos is 34 and Ricardo 39.


Have it been the same members all the time, or have it been many lineup changes? Please tell me a little about every member? Earlier bands?

-The three of us played together in other bands a few years before. At first, Marlos was not going to join us with Out in Style. But later, he heard the songs and liked a lot, and we also needed a guitar player, so that was it.


Out in Style is the name, where did it came from and you wasn´t afraid that some other group would be named so?

-It is because of the song "Burning Out In Style" by Lagwagon, which we were listening a lot while on the road to record our first EP in the USA. We searched through the internet to check if there was already a band with that name and we found nothing, so that was it.


You call you record for Letters never sent….What does that mean?

-When I broke up with a previous girlfriend I used to write a lot as a therapy, but never ended up sending the letters. So I found that they could be lyrics and created the songs. Later I ended up burning all of the letters.


Is it important to give out the record as physical releases do you think? Would it feel like you have released a record if you only release it digital?

-I personally love to collect physical records. Love the artwork and reading the lyrics and credits. Today it is kinda hard because no one buys records anymore. We still have cds of our previous records but I'm not sure how is it going to be for the next ones.


Do you play any covers when you play live? If you do, which then?

-Not anymore, but we used to play a lot of No Use, Bad Religion, Millencolin, etc.


Please tell me a little about following songs (You only sing in English or?)

(I´ll make it right)

This time It is a song about regrets and learning from your mistakes.

(Save me)

It is about myself, where I wonder if I could save my life from my own actions and thoughts.

(My reason to believe)

That one is about a heavy break up in a relationship.


Is it important to get out your opinions in your music, and is it a good way to get out frustration too? Politics?

-We never talk about politics in our songs. It is not that we don't care, on the contrary, we all have strong beliefs on the left wing in Brazil and that is no secret. The thing is I only write very personal lyrics, more about emotions and stuff that happens in my life.


Do you think that your lyrics can have effect on other people who listens to them… any example on it? Have you changed anyones mind?

-Absolutely. I hope some people can relate to what I write and realize they are not alone. That's what happened to me when I was growing up listening to punk rock. I always get emotional when some people say they could relate themselves to our music.


How is it to play this sort of music in Brazil (or where do you live?) and which type of bands are you having concerts with? Which is the most peculiar band you have been playing together with?

-It is tough, I won't lie. We almost never get paid, and most of people in Brazil are not used to punk rock. They listen to other genres, and consequently we have almost no support. We usually play with similar bands from around here. Sometimes when a foreign band comes to Brazil we opened the shows (Belvedere, Satanic Surfers, Antillectual, for instance).


How would you describe your music in three words for people that haven´t heard you? Do you call it punk or hardcore, emo or what?

-I don't really like to label our music, but if I had to describe it, I would say we make very sincere and honest music, playing from the bottom of our hearts. If you like emo, punk or hardcore, you might like our music. Bottom line is, you'll have to listen to have your own opinion.


I like beer and also make beer.. If Out in Style do a beer, what would it be named and which sort of beer would it be? Or maybe you´re straightedge?

-I personally love beer as well. I worked in a few bars for years, so I had the chance to understand more about beers. Here in Curitiba we have the most number of craft beers in the whole country. I always dreamed of having the Out in Style beer. Maybe an IPA with watermelon flavor, if possible hahahaha.


And how is it to live in Brazil now? Racists, Politics, covid?

-Fortunately, the last president lost the elections. He did a lot of bad things around here, such as delaying the vacination of covid, which killed a lot of people. He was radically of the right wing, so he had a lot of racist and fascist thoughts. Unfortunately he influenced a lot of people around here, but hopefully with the new president we can have more peace in Brazil.


Which is your own favorite song among your own songs? And which song is the people choice?

-I like all of them, can't say just one now. But if I had to take a chance that would probably be "Looking For You", which was our first music video ever. The people's choice I would say "Lucid Dream", cause a lot of friends ask us to play that song.


What´s the biggest difference when you play live nowadays if you compare when you first started to play in a band?

-Well, today we're better and we are used to play with better gear hahahahaha. Besides that, there's not much difference at all.


And have you opinion about punk changed through the years? What do punk mean to you, only a musicstyle or a lifestyle?

-To me personally it means everything. I had a few ups and downs while growing up, and punk music actually saved my life, so I will always be grateful for that. It may have changed the way it sounds, but its true essence will never change. I really hope that teenagers nowadays appreciate more its lifestyle and music.


What do you know about Sweden? What is typical Swedish? And what is typical Brazilian?

-Well, a lot of music and football pretty much. I was a big fan of Henrik Larsson. About Brazil, that's a pretty huge country, so we have a lot of different cultures over here. I'm gonna say more about my city, Curitiba, where we like to eat barbecue, drink beer, and of course watching our major football team, which is Coritiba!


Have you ever been here? Any good bands from Sweden that you like?

-Never been there, but we really want to. A lot of our favorite bands are from Sweden, such as Millencolin, Satanic Surfers and No Fun At All.


Your audience when you play live, which type of people comes, age?

-Usually punks or emos in the mid 20s or 30s.


What´s the best of playing live?

-To make people feel what we have to say through our music looking in their eyes and feeling their reactions.


Please tell me a funny thing which have happened during a livegig with your band?

-We have a lot, but I'm gonna say one that happened in Prague, where we smoked a joint on stage, because it is legal there and we couldn't believe it!


Is there any good bands in Brazil today? New bands which is good? Old bands which is still good?

-Absolutely. I'm gonna say one new band which is called "Cinza", from our hometown Curitiba.


Which is the record that you always must have in the tourbus?

-Can't say just one, but pretty much a lot of punk rock.


Do you buy much records, or is it only Spotify and those type of things to listen to music? Is there any good record shop in your hometown?

-I personally love buying physical records. I have hundreds in my home. In my hometown the stores don't sell new cds anymore, so you must go to pawn shops or places like that.


Which was your first record, the latest you bought and the most expensive you have bought?

-The first one I bought with my own money was probably Splinter by The Offspring. The latest I got was Catalyst by New Found Glory, and the most expensive I think it was More Betterness by No Use For a Name.


Do you care about reviews? Which is the most peculiar you ever had, with this band or any other band you have been to?

-We appreciate a lot. There is not one in particular, but what we enjoy the most is the fact that people from many parts of the world (Japan, Serbia, Italy, USA, etc) have made reviews about us.


If you could choose five bands from the past and the history and nowadays and both dead and living bands to have a concert together with your band. Which five have you been chosen?

-No Use For a Name Bad Religion Millencolin Lagwagon No Fun at All


And if you been paid for do a cover-record with four songs, which four songs have you done then?

-Punk versions of: Yazoo - Only You Gigi D'agostino - L'amour Toujours Roxette - Listen to Your Heart Backstreet Boys - As Long As You Love Me


Futureplans for the band? And for yourself?

-We're releasing a new split with Fankaz. Hopefully, we'll be releasing new music videos as well. As for myself, I'm recording a new solo album, and hope to play live as much as I can.



-Luckily, there's always one guaranteed weak link in any security set up: The human heart.


Anything more to add to the interview?

-Just wanna say thank you for the opportunity of the interview, and tell people to follow us through social media and digital platforms.