Leela is a Brazilian alternative pop/rock band from Rio de Janeiro, formed in 2000. The members are Bianca Jhordão (voice, guitar, theremin), Rodrigo Brandão (guitar, vocals), Tchago Kochenborger (bass) and PHD Ronzoni (drums). The band is influenced by American artists like Weezer and Nirvana, as well as “de ícones da música independente carioca,” but I’m not sure what type of music carioca is. But, despite their cited influences, Leela is recommended if you like the other Paramore-inspired Brazilian rock bands I’ve posted about, such as Belle or Fake Number, or the Argentinian band Cirse. In 2005, Leela won “Banda ou Artista Revelação” (“New Band or Artist”) at the MTV Video Music Brasil awards. Also, in 2005, Leela opened for Canadian pop/rocker Avril Lavigne in Brazil.
Leela‘s self-titled debut album (also known as Ver o Que Faço) is definitely my favorite Leela album. The first single, “Te Procuro”, my favorite track, is an excellent soft to heavy rocker, but the second single, “Odeio Gostar”, is just OK. However, “Qualquer Um”, my second favorite track, is a great mid-tempo rocker. “Romance Fugitivo” and “Último Jantar” (with male spoken word) are other cool tracks. “Prato Principal” is driven by a cool punky riff, while the Nirvana-esque “Sou Assim” showcases Bianca’s theremin(!) skills. Finally, “Ver o que Faço” is the most Weezer-iffic track recalling that band’s 2001 hit “Hash Pipe”. Good stuff!
Watch the video for “Te Procuro” here:
Watch the videos for “Mundo Visionário” and “Cortina” here:
Watch the videos for “Por um Fio/Hey Babe” and “On The Road” here:
2004 – Leela [aka Ver o Que Faço] (Arsenal/EMI) [Album]
2007 – Pequenas Caixas (Arsenal/Universal Music) [Album]
2012 – Música Todo Dia (Pisces Records) [Album]