Let us take you on a nostalgic trip back to the early 1990s with the raw, grungy rock sound of Brazilian band Please Use Right Excuses, who describe themselves as “the ones that express feelings, emotions.”
The Sao Paulo trio offer up a vicious fusion of heavy riffing, raw vocals and deliciously intense grunginess, which embodies the power rock ethos of bands like Nirvana, Pixies and The Vines and they describe as “intense, expressive and real.”
The band members have known each other for more than 16 years, as Junior (drums) and Bruno Leite (vocals and guitar) played in a band called Unexplained and Aracelli Figueiredo (bass and vocals) played in another band. Bruno left Brazil to move to England and Australia but upon his return he reunited with Junior to start creating songs as Please Use Right Excuses, before Aracelli completed the lineup last year.
The trio just released their third, particularly relevant and highly relatable EP Pure Quarantine, which starts with a lively little riff to begin opening track Lost Man. Light vocals feed into a raucous singalong chorus driven forward by guitar chords and drums, before Bruno’s vocals are answered by big cries from Aracelli. A second chorus gives way to a smash of guitar chords and crashing cymbals to bring it to a close.
That’s followed by Anxious, which sees a stabbing riff support opening vocals before heavy guitars kick in to take us into a feisty chorus. The vocals intensify over big driving guitars and drums before dropping into a cheeky little solo that slows to the end of the track.
Should Be Lithium opens up with descending guitars and lively drums that continue under Bruno’s edgy vocals. Dual vocals take over as the relentless guitar chords and crashing cymbals continue, then give way to high-pitched and drawn-out vocals. A twisting little solo drops into rolling drums and distant vocals that build in intensity to a powerful ending. Check it out here:
The EP closes out with the more laid-back opening Dreaming Trip, which suddenly bursts into life with driving guitar chords and cymbals under engaging vocals. It continues into really cool dual vocals in a raw chorus that drops into a little guitar solo.
On the EP, they told us: “It’s been amazing to receive such good feedback. They say those lyrics and the melody fits so well with this pandemic situation and how nice it is to find a new band that sounds like the 90’s. For those who haven’t listened yet, expect true feelings.”
The Please Use Right Excuses sound has been inspired by the likes of Nirvana, Silverchair and The Vines, which definitely comes across in their engaging riff-driven sound. As well as a new generation of bands like False Heads and Violet Soda.
And on what inspires them to write music, Bruno tells us: “It depends on the moment, if you listen to our previous releases you’ll see lyrics strong against corruption and politics. If I’m sad about something I write, if I’m angry about something I write. And sometimes I even start to sing alone as the music was already created. But sometimes I write about the news, or movies and how those people would be feeling about something.”
Please Use Right Excuses plan to release a video for Anxious very soon and are gearing up to begin gigging again early next year after what’s been a particularly tough time for their country.
As Bruno explains: “Covid-19 has been so bad around here that we can’t do much. But the government announced that our city and the whole state will be fully vaccinated by the end of this year so we are already planning to make our first post-covid gig in January. We also can’t wait to do gigs in the UK.”