Dead Combo is a duo from Portugal that performs a mix of the melancholic and impassioned fado of Lisbon, the spaghetti-western compositions of Ennio Morricone, jazz, and world music. Think of it as postmodern irony wrestling playfully with urban traditions, on the borderline of European kitsch.
Their morbid attitude is not only reflected in the band’s name but also in the roles the two take on during their concerts: a mortician and a gangster. No wonder that directors like David Cronenberg are among their biggest fans!
Their work emits a unique kind of poetry; despite all the morbidity, they manage to pull music of delicate beauty out of the hat.
“…without any memory of visual images to complete the picture The Dead Combo seemed to belong in that Imaginary Soundtrack box. But since seeing the group play live, I hear their record with different ears.” Charlie Gillet (BBC, UK)
Dead Combo are Tó Trips (guitars) and Pedro Gonçalves (double bass, electric guitar, keyboards).
The group was formed in 2003 by an invitation of Henrique Amaro from Antena 3 radio, to record the track “Paredes Ambience” included in the homage CD to the genius of the Portuguese guitar Carlos Paredes, “Movimentos Perpétuos – Música para Carlos Paredes”. They incarnate two characters that could have come from a comics book: a undertaker and a gangster.
Their five albums released so far have been critically acclaimed in Portugal and abroad, having had their first “Vol. 1″ included in Charlie Gillet’s list of best world albums in 2005, “Lusitânia Playboys” awarded record of the decade and all of the albums awarded record of the year by several important publications in Portugal
Dead Combo was featured in the Lisbon episode of “No Reservations” by Anthony Bourdain. Their music was the soundtrack for the whole episode and a show was also shown.
The three first albums of the band reached the top 10 on the North-American iTunes charts for several weeks.
Recently Dead Combo headlined several major summer festivals in Portugal, including Primavera Sound.
“A Bunch of Meninos”, the band’s latest album, reached number one in Portugal, and also on Spotify (Portugal) and iTunes (Portugal).
“Rumbero” and “Lisboa Mulata” were recently included in the motion picture “Focus” by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa featuring Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Rodrigo Santoro.