Upset The Rhythm
Much like the mysterious water jug on the cover of the album, “Casa De Cima”, burnished with unknowable symbols suggesting art-deco hieroglyphs, Pega Monstro constantly reach for something beyond plain comprehension, stretching songs to their limits before collapsing them back into new, more interesting forms.
The Portuguese poet and writer Fernando Pessoa had a similar mutable approach to his work, inventing over seventy different pen names, called heteronyms, to act as conduits for the limits of his imaginative writing. Pega Monstro recite one of Pessoa’s poems called “ O Moinho de Café” during the third act of their epic yet romantic track “Cachupa”.
Having their home city of Lisbon in common, Pega Monstro untether Pessoa’s words from the city’s fixated tourist treatment and let them breathe back their soul. The band’s approach to song has always been both refreshing and eloquent and “Cachupa” is a good example of how natural and spontaneous Pega Monstro can sound. though, it’s more like an antidote than an endless anecdote, as restless, impulsive and smart as the band that made it