Five Questions With… gorduratrans

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Band: gorduratrans
Country of Origin: Brazil

gorduratrans (Portuguese for “trans fat”) is a Brazilian noise rock/shoegaze duo made up of Felipe Aguiar (guitar and vocals) and Luiz Felipe Marinho (drums and vocals). The band’s unique sound bears a passing resemblance to fellow Brazilian group Lupe de Lupe, but there’s also a sense of operatic grandeur to gorduratrans that puts me in mind of post-rock monoliths like MONO and Silver Mt. Zion. To see what I mean, just listen to “7 segundos,” the nearly 7-minute epic opener to their 2017 release paroxismos (Balaclava Records). Thanks to Luiz for providing these answers.

Five Questions

1. What is your desert island disc (the one album you couldn’t live without?)

Really hard one. That would be Elliott Smith’s Figure 8, iI guess.

2. How did the band members meet?

We met online, in a facebook group about music in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

3. What is the underground music scene like in your home country?

Rio’s scene is composed by different small cores, or niches. Lot of different bubbles. Most of the time artists and fans from these different kind of scenes don’t mix.

4. What are some of your biggest influences outside of music?

That would be my mom.

5. Tell us about your favorite show you ever played.

I think my favorite show was the one we did last July in São Paulo, alongside our friend’s band, DEF. We played for 700 really excited people and it was awesome, word can’t describe how it feels.


Paul experienced a spiritual awakening in high school when he accidentally tuned his radio from the modern rock station to the local college station. He spent time as both a DJ and Music Director for Elon University's WSOE FM, where he also first met sonic soulmate Ryan Sweeney. Paul's favorite genre is "fast, raw, and loud."