We’ve not featured too many Portuguese bands on the site over the last few years, but from the sound of Porto’s Three Of Me we’ve definitely been missing out.
The quartet have honed a raw and powerful rock sound that fuses the engaging vocals of frontman Ricardo Dourado with delicious heavy riffing and driving drums.
The trio released second single Captivity earlier this month, which opens up with a little bassline joined by high-pitched guitars. That drops into a laid-back opening verse “See that spider all alone, Sitting on her little dome, Sad because she cannot lie, Like the words we drink as if they’re wine, We live a twisted monopoly, Carved in the flesh of you and me, Choices made but not owned, Aren’t we the ones to blame for?” over a chugging bass and a cool muted guitar riff.
It bursts into a powerful singalong chorus then the chugging bass and guitars return to lead into another verse. The second chorus continues into more intense vocals “They see through the fog that cleared inside, An old book that was opened wide, They laugh as we fall, Divided to none.” That ends on big guitar noise, which explodes into a huge guitar solo that brings the track to a close. Check it out in the lyric video below:
That follows debut single Ravaging, which starts out with high-pitched guitar that drops into an awesome lively riff. Powerful vocals come in over continuing big riffs, leading into a big catchy chorus that drops into the big opening guitars. Check it out below:
We had a chat with vocalist and rhythm guitarist Ricardo Dourado to find out more. Read on below…
GR: Who are Three of Me? What’s the backstory, how did you get together?
RD: “Three of Me spawned from the desire of venturing into some heavier and darker melodies, the same ones I grew up with and listened to. So I started composing with that mindset. When things started to come together, I showed it to Miguel Dourado (bass) and Gaspar Ribeiro (drums), who I also play with in another rock band called Second Lash, and invited them to participate on the project. Later on, I would also invite a good friend from another band called Red Line, Tj Abreu, to perform back vocals and be lead guitarist and that was it. Three of Me came to life.”
GR: You just released Captivity, which sounds awesome. What should people be expecting from the song?
RD: “A dark melody which reflects on today’s society concept of either being hunter or prey, wolves or lambs, until we realize the control and free ourselves from it. That led to this video, with a dark mood and with a Brother’s Grimm twist.
“People should expect a smooth ride, with intricate harmonies, until we crash and burn on the final riffage so they can let it all out and be free.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
RD: “Raw would be the best way to describe it, raw, honest and full of energy, as it will be possible to see on the next releases.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
RD: “Since I write for two projects, I lean on the moods I’m in and what the riffs tell me whenever I pick up a guitar. As for lyrics, which I only write here, I either incarnate a character and write from his perspective to tell a story or write about current topics. But I come up with a vocal melody first and then whatever flows into the needs of that melody.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
“As for musicians I’ll only mention one which meant a lot to me above all others: Chris Cornell. The man was a brilliant, talented genius with an unforgettable voice.
“For bands I can mention some that are shared among all the members since Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Sevendust, Godsmack, Slipknot, Stone Sour, Story of the Year, Metallica, Iron Maiden. We could go on and on and on and on.”
GR: We’ve not met many Portuguese bands (only 1 before now). What are your thoughts on the Portuguese rock/metal scene?
“The Portuguese overall music scene is a very intricate one, with tastes hanging mostly on the extremes from the hardest, heaviest sounds to the smoothest/pop ones.
“There’s a strong underground support on the more heavier side of things, on almost all Metal genres (with a big uprising from GAEREA) but also some space for the more Hard Rock\Sludge\Stoner oriented bands on which we fit with like Low Torque, Dollar Llama, Lhabya , to mention a few.
“As for support for new bands, it was hard before Covid-19, hard to be able to play some venues, festivals, to get some people just to respond, but you push through it and make yourself known in whatever way you can and things start to happen. During Covid-19, it’s even harder with not only the bands suffering, but the venues, sound techs, everyone who makes a living on this craft.
“We just hope we continue to find more ways to try and pull through like with live streaming concerts, new releases, new merch, among other things.”
GR: What have you got coming up in 2020? New music, new gigs, recording etc…?
RD: “Until the end of 2020 we’ll have our first LP out, it’s gonna be called Black Dog. We’ve already finished recording, now going through the mixing and mastering phase and we’ll try to at least do one or two album release parties, with the necessary safety measures, so we can celebrate this release.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
RD: “Come check us out on our social media. We release different content on different platforms, so be with us everywhere so we can share it with you. And expect to see a lot more of us.”