Having started as an escape from playing cover versions of wide-ranging musical influences, it comes as no surprise that the music of São Paolo band 3 Pipe Problem is pretty diverse.
Indeed, our first-ever Brazilian band is the brainchild of Rafael Adami, who vowed to include at least three of his key musical influences in every song. He then set about adding a band to the project and the result was the release of debut EP Elephant In The Room earlier this year.
Rafael sent us a previous single Caveman, which moves towards the heavier edge of their music, to get a feel for the band. A big drum roll drops into a cool little guitar lick then Rafael’s gruff vocals “Lying on the floor, Where the hell am I, What day’s today, And who the hell are you?”
That builds up to a more singalong chorus “You need to understand, Sorry but I can’t, Give up my reckless way, I don’t want your love, Visiting my life, Turn me to a slave.” It drops into a light section of guitars, then suddenly kicks back into the heavy rocky vocals and driving guitars and drums that feed into an extended chorus.
A cool guitar solo kicks in over driving drums and chords, then big palm-muted chords and pounding drums bring it to a heavy ending. Give it a listen below:
It’s not all quite as heavy, but one track that does meet the heaviness is the grungey sounding Timeless Days. Give it a listen below:
We had a chat with frontman Rafael Adami to find out more. Read on below…
GR: Who are 3 Pipe Problem?
RA: “One year old 3 Pipe Problem was born basically because I got bored of playing covers. I needed to create something from scratch. I love so many rock bands that I decided to include at least three major influences in each song.
“It’s not stuck to a specific rock genre but I made some demos and recruited the band members. Jony Pieri (drums) and Luciano Gisondi (keyboards) are long-time friends, liked my proposal and joined the band. Then we met Bruno Dini (lead guitar) and Andre Castillo (bass) on the Internet. They fit very well and we all have a really good relationship.”
GR: You’re the first band we’ve met from Brazil, which is exciting! Can you tell us a bit more about the current Brazilian rock/metal scene? How much support is there for new rock bands like yourselves with Brazilian people?
RA: “Brazil has really good rock bands nowadays. We feel that several bands finally understood that record companies’ days are over and started the DIY way of living. We have a group with more than 10 bands that are promoting each other, playing together, sharing knowledge, selling gigs, tours etc…
“I believe that people support comes as long as you provide quality and good experience to the audience, no matter what genre bands are playing.”
GR You just released Caveman. What should people be expecting from the song?
RA: “Actually Caveman was our first song. We just released it later than the others. Hardcore is one of my favorite rock genres. It’s about getting into an old school man’s brain. Some of us are still cavemen from the inside. As always not judging or generalizing, only playing a character. We expect that the song brings energy and good vibes at the same time.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
RA: A mix of almost everything we love in the rock and roll scene. Every song has its own characteristic. We are able to please from heavy metal, classic to alternative rock fans.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
RA: “The music usually comes first. After that, we create some melody and I start writing something to fit in that. Nothing is predicted. It only goes with the flow.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
RA: “So many… Basically bands from Madchester scene. Faith No More, The Cure, Sepultura, Radiohead, The Pixies, Nirvana, Tame Impala etc, etc, etc…”
GR: What have you got coming up through the rest of 2019 and into 2020?
RA: “2019 will finish with some gigs in small but nice venues. 2020 will start with two singles and in April our new EP will be released. Our goal is doing (producing and playing) more and more gigs, with bigger and bigger audiences. Maybe some Europe/USA small tour too.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
RA: “I’m 42 years old, a father of two kids. I decided to finally start doing what I was born to – having a professional band. I’ve never felt so happy. Life runs fast, so try not to waste it just doing stuff for money. No matter how hard it is, you must find a way to do things that you love.”