Rock album released by Pregnant Felix wants to be an annoying fly for moralists

10/01/2017
Sonia Apolinario
originally in Portuguese

At a moment when Brazil "discovers" the "gay cure" and lives through a period of great intolerance to differences, a rock album comes to the market based on the concept that each one should be what they want to be. "Boycott Morality" is available starting today, October 1, on all streaming platforms and virtual stores like Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music, iTunes or Bandcamp. Its author, Denis Kandle, is a Carioca resident in Milan, Italy. He sings in English and is the lead singer and guitarist of the band Pregnant Felix.

Born in the city of Rio de Janeiro, in the district of Madureira, 42, graduated in Philosophy from the Institute of Philosophy and Social Sciences of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Denis is what can be called a citizen of the world – he won't stay in the same place for a long time. But wherever he goes, music accompanies him.

The album "Boycott Morality" is an achievement, battled over many years. Pregnant Felix was created by him in 1993. The album has 12 songs, all written by him, except Mokusatsu, co-written with Marcelo Vasco, who also played as a guitarist at the beginning of the band.

 

Among the tracks of the album, there are creations that date from that same year of 1993 and others made by the years 2000. Denis says that the production began in 2012 with the recording of the drums, at Superfuzz Studio in Rio de Janeiro, played by Bruno Baiano, and the bass played by Fernando Menezes. His guitar was recorded at HOMMM Xperience in Milan last January. It was recorded during the winter – a detail that, according to him, makes all the difference:

 

"I recorded with temperatures close to zero. This has impregnated the songs with a kind of sonority that could only be obtained in that kind of ambiance. Sounds like bullshit, but it's not. If I had recorded in the middle of the summer in Rio, the songs would have had another feel", he says. After spending months mixing and producing the songs in Italy, he returned to Rio to record the vocals in August at Engel Studio, on Ilha do Governador.

 

 

 

"I chose the name of the album earlier this year, but it's curious how well it comes in handy now, with so many episodes of moralists wanting to ban shows and exhibitions and wanting to heal gays. I hope the album is a slap in the face of these reactionaries. Yeah, we'll have drag queen punks!”, asserts Denis.

 

The drag queen punk in question is the boy on the cover of the album, divided over whether he remains "straight" or accepts himself and becomes who he wants to be (in this case, a drag queen punk). The cover artist is Marcelo Vasco, also responsible for the covers of bands such as Soulfly, Slayer and Machine Head.

 

In addition to being found on digital platforms, the disc will get copies on CD and also on vinyl to sell in stores and in upcoming concerts. In Brazil, Denis may get on stage in Rio, São Paulo, Brasília and Fortaleza, but only after the summer, "when it's cooler":

 

"Thats’ my music, with no commitment at all. I do it as fun. There were people who took  themselves very seriously in this milieu who screwed up in the end. I don’t want to repeat that at all. But it doesn’t mean that I will treat everything lightly or unprofessionally. I confess that days before the release of the album, I wondered what, after all, I was getting into. I know of all the difficulties that I will have by following this path, difficulties  that I could simply avoid by staying in the comfort of my safety. Getting out of it is kind of scary. But, on the other hand, I feel like I need to do it, because if I didn't, I’m sure it would bring a sense of frustration”.

To download the album Boycott Morality, click here.

 

For those interested in Philosophy, Denis’ graduation monograph is entitled Musica e Existencialidade (“Music and Existentiality”).  The paper is available for reading at IFCS Library in Rio.  To download a free copy in English, click here.

"I don’t really hope that the album will be boycotted by fundamentalist evangelicals because of all the inconvenience this would bring, but I certainly have great pleasure in disturbing those square-minded people. My job is to be an "annoying fly" to these people. Today, almost every artist wants to please everyone. I don’t want to follow that path at all. When a moralist says he can't stand stand my music, I'll feel very flattered, indeed".

 

 

The album's name Boycott Morality was inspired by Lasse Hallström's movie "Chocolate" (2000), which features posters written "Boycott Immorality", made by religious fundamentalists against a group of pirates who arrived in the town.

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