Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
We started in the early 90's in Minas Gerais area and from the beginning the proposal was to mix weight and groove. Over time we developed our sound that is based on thrash metal and hardcore / punk. We've been on the road for more than two decades now, we have traveled across many countries and had the chance to share the stage with artists we admire such as Exodus, Coroner, Rattus, Sepultura, Olho Seco, Racionais MCs, Corrosion Of Conformity, Cathedral, Ratos de Porão, Cólera, Inocentes among many others who in some cases have become friends. We are currently promoting our new album "Servus" which was supported by the Wacken Foundation.
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
Some people define us as crossover or thrashcore and for me it's ok, but I believe we have our signature. Despite the strong base in thrash and hardcore we have other musical references in our sound like traditional heavy, doom, classic rock and even dub and rap. I think a Brazilian heavy groovy rock band is a good definition.
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
Some of our old stuff are currently out of print but the latest albums can be purchased from the Incêndio Shop website: http://www.incendioshop.com/uganga-ct-c44d4 . In addition to our discography in cd there you can find vinil, t-shirts, caps, sweatshirts etc ... We ship to the whole fucking planet!
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
We have already released 5 studio albums, one live album recorded in Germany and a 20 year anniversary DVD. We have always had excellent feedback from both audiences and critics for every work we release. In fact with each new release the answer is more positive than the previous one and it makes me believe that we are working well. "Servus" got excellent reviews around the planet and went on several best of the year lists, we are still excited about this work and it seems our fans too
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
We had a change of lineup right after the release of our new album with the entry of Lucas Carcaça (guitarist, former Krow) and that slowed us down at the end of the year. Even so we played a lot for Brazil in 2019. By 2020 we should go back for the third Euro Tour once and this time extend the trip to Russia. It will be great to have the chance to play in Romania for the first time next year. Our new guitarist lived in Bucharest some years ago and he loves the city!
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
I think they should know that we are at our best moment now, that our show is a punch in the face and that we work hard and really believe in our music. Without false modesty, I'm sure whoever hires us won't regret it.
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
First and foremost keep us healthy physically and mentally. Play as much as possible, release 3 more clips for Servus, return to Europe, go to Russia for the first time and let much more good news come!
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
You can listen to Uganga on Spotify, Youtube and other social media. Anyone who wants to purchase physical material just contact us or direct with incendioshop.com.br . Greetings from Brazil!
Answers by Manu "Joker"