Posted on: August 4, 2014 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

The Brazil based foursome Wannabe Jalva –  Rafael Rocha (Vocals, Guitar), Tiagao Abrahão (Bass, Guitar), Fernando Paulista (Drums and Percussion) and Felipe Puperi (Vocals, Guitars, Keys) – are excited to announce the release of their new record Collecture, due out on October 15th, 2014.  The release will feature five brand new songs: “One Way Street,” “Miracle,” “Mainline,” “Melt” and “Down The Sea.”  It was recorded in their hometown Porto Alegre, largely in Rafael’s basement and between Gogó Conteúdo Sonoro & MumBemol Studio.  Brian Lucey, who is responsible for the mastering on The Black Keys’ Grammy winning album Brothers, mastered Collecture. 
Wannabe Jalva began playing their self-proclaimed “uterus space-groove rock” in 2010. Over the past four years, the band has solidified their status as hometown heroes.  In 2011, they were invited to play the inaugural MECAFestival in Porto Alegre, playing alongside Two Door Cinema Club and Vampire Weekend.  That summer they released their debut EP, Welcome To Jalva, which had fans and critics immediately hooked on their sound.  The record featured the hit single “Follow It” which was featured on an episode of CSI: NY.  Wannabe Jalva closed out the year with a slot opening for Pearl Jam and Los Angeles punk rock band X at Zequinha Stadium (20,000 capacity).  Pearl Jam hand selected Wannabe Jalva after considering a number of Brazilian bands for the opening slot and Eddie Vedder praised their set, commenting “They were quite good!” as he waved his arms in the air with excitement.

Receiving great feedback from critics and Brazilian music blogs, Wannabe Jalva’s live following grew throughout Brazil via extensive touring in 2012.  They were invited back to MECAFestival to play alongside The Rapture, Mayer Hawthorne and other top-tier artists, as well as a gig at Lupaluna, the second largest festival in the south of Brazil.  To celebrate what turned out to be a fantastic year, Wannabe Jalva released So Long, 2012 – a special two song collection featuring a Justice x Led Zeppelin mashup titled “On’n’On meets Kashmir” and a live version of “Full of Grace,” a track from Welcome To Jalva.  In 2013, Wannabe Jalva was invited to play Lollapalooza Brazil in Sao Paolo.

After the big gig, they began to work on new material. Countless nights were spent locked inside Rafael’s large glass-windowed basement, overlooking the coastal cityscape.  The band found themselves locked in a lo-fi groove, oscillating from explosive to intimate sounds, with walls of reverb driving through simple grooves. This journey through sidereal environments and textures became the foundation for Collecture.

“We’ve extracted moods and textures from ourselves and put them out there in an almost collective epiphany…That’s where ‘collective’ comes from in naming the EP, our collective kind of labor. By ‘nature’ we mean that we realized that the right path (the essence) was to lock ourselves in there (in this basement) and just get out when we all felt fulfilled (and, at the same time, empty from those temporarily undefined urges).”
Following a similar format to their debut, Collecture is produced by the band members themselves, mixed by Tiago, and mastered by Brian Lucey.
Hear the new tracks “Mainline” over at New York Times T Magazine
“Miracle” over at KCRW
Wannabe Jalva is excited to bring their rock n roll grooves stateside this fall.  Be on the lookout for stateside tour dates and for the most up-to-date information visit: &

Wannabe Jalva Song Premiere: “Miracle”
One of the great side effects of World Cup fever has been a focus on Brazilian bands.

Wannabe Jalva formed in 2010 and is taking full advantage of the extra attention.

The quartet released a track earlier this summer called “Mainline” that got written up in the NY Times and even opened for Pearl Jam.

They recorded their new album “Collecture” (due Oct 15) in their hometown Poro Alegre and we’ve got a sneak peek at the track “Miracle”.

It’s a late night type of jam.


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