Having enthralled audiences at their shows last summer, Portuguese sister duo PEGA MONSTRO return to the UK next month for two dates inc. London’s Moth Club on 6th:
January 27 – Portugal, Bragança, BÔ BAR CONCERTO
January 28 – Spain, Oviedo, LATA DE ZINC
January 29 – Spain, San Sebastian, DABADABA
January 30 – France, Nantes, LE LIEU UNIQUE
January 31 – France, Paris, ESPACE B
February 03 – Luxembourg, Luxembourg, DE GUDDEWELLEN
February 04 – Belgium, Antwerp, CABRON February 05 – UK, York, PLEASE PLEASE YOU
February 06 – UK, London, MOTH CLUB
February 08 – France, Toulouse, BAR LE RAVELIN
February 09 – Spain, Barcelona, HELIOGABAL
February 10 – Spain, Alicante, UN FULGOR DE MODA ANTONIMA
February 11 – Spain, Madrid, EL PERRO
February 12 – Spain, Valencia, TBA
February 14 – Portugal, Lisboa, ZDBThe sisters have also unveiled the new video for ‘Estrada‘. The band says, “The video was shot on our birthday (yes, we’re sisters that have the same birthday but we’re not twins) on our only day off from the UK tour in August, so we acted as though it was our birthday and in fact it actually was! And how cool is the cake?!” Watch it below..
Pega Monstro is Júlia Reis (drums) and Maria Reis (guitar, keyboard). The duo’s name translates as ‘catch the monster’, perfectly countering the band’s striving dream-punk sound. Born and raised in Lisbon, Portugal, Maria and Júlia have been playing music together since they were 15 and 17 respectively, in other groups first before resolving on becoming a duo. Back in 2010, both sisters started a record label, along with some of their musician friends, called Cafetra Records to document Portugal’s garage punk scene. Cafetra represents a community of like-minded musicians who all help each other, making music that they’d want to hear, powered by enthusiasm.
Pega Monstro make rapturous music, it’s brisk, it’s contagious, it laughs at the language barrier and just keeps running headlong into more and more new ideas. ‘Alfarroba’ is not an exhaustive listen given that though, it’s more like an antidote than an endless anecdote, as restless, impulsive and smart as the band that made it. ‘Alfarroba’ by Pega Monstro is out now through Upset The Rhythm worldwide.