NUDZ: Sublime Harmonies


Brazilian post grunge/stoner rock quartet NUDZ from Belo Horizonte released an EP “The Watcher” last year, and in January they launched a video for “My Sexual Tool,” a song that was also a part of our latest Progotronics compilation. In a new interview for Prog Sphere the band talks about the EP, its message and more.

Define the mission of NUDZ.

Change our own lives and other people’s lives; Create questioning themes; Bring something new to Brazilian rock scene and worldwide rock n’ roll; Don’t get stuck to pre-established subjects and mass culture; Make it only for art means and in an honest way; To tease and impact to make people think with their own minds.

Tell me about the creative process that informed your recent EP “The Watcher” and the themes it captures.

Our music are discoveries in the field of study of low guitar tuning. Exploring sublime harmonies, groove and the emotional, magnificent and dark sides of human being. The EP approaches this vigilance culture e image exposure, pleasure without guilty, carnal relationships, and individual reflections about love, dreams, transcendence and art itself.


What is the message you are trying to give with “The Watcher”?

That is possible to change and don’t belong to a slavery world where everyone is controlled and give up their lives. Also, don’t belong to a system who only care about profits. We want to show to the people that is possible to reach their dreams, is possible to be “yourself” and “ourselves” in front of a scenario that discards people as humans and put on us a kind of bar code, turning us in a bunch of people made for consumption and to be system slave like a wake of plastic humans.

How did you document the music while it was being formulated?

We documented by cellphone recordings when creating the riffs or on our desktops. Then, Felipe Dutra – lead singer – heard and recorded drafts of the lyrics in his own cellphone over those riffs’ recordings.

Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected?

Not actually, most of the riffs and fragments was born from recorded “jam sessions”. The vocals and lyrics were also always made without previous thoughts. It raised naturally and emotionally. Only the arrangements and the official recording of the album was carefully made.

Describe the approach to recording the EP.

We did some recording sessions for test first, in 16 channels and several auditions to start to shape the arrangements. Then, we recorded guide tracks and started to record the elements by steps, in blocks of 3 and 3 tracks: all of the drums of the 3 initial tracks, all of the basses of these 3, etc… We did a lot of research and a lot of tests and timbres combinations, textures, instruments and equipment to reach the sonority we wanted for “The Watcher”.

How long “The Watcher” was in the making?

4 months.

Which bands or artists influenced your work on the release?

Alice in chains, Deftones, Queens of the stone age, System of a Down, Ego Kill Talent (Brazil), Korn, ISSO (Brazil), Royal Blood, Nine Inch Nails, Faith No More, Black Sabbath, Beatles, etc…

What is your view on technology in music?

Technology at the service of the Market and profits only creates complications and not problem solutions, but the creations of new ones. It could be used for goodness, to solve life’s problems, and in the creation of sustainable ways to populate the planet as a civilization. Nowadays however, is used exclusively to generate profit, and manipulate and slave human being. The internet is still lawless terrain which politics and companies use to their own purposes.


Do you see your music as serving a purpose beyond music?

We believe that art and music is a great provocation. It doesn’t need to like or understand because if it creates an impact with your mind, your heart or your body, it already fulfilled its mission. We see our music making people jump, scream, doing mosh pits in big rock festivals, and this idea is so real that becomes one “déjà vu”.

What are your plans for the future?

We want to release one more music video on the second semester of this year, and record a new EP to be launched in 2021. Besides, keep increasing our fan base and trying to distribute our music, videos and digital content for the most rockers as we can in the world.

The Watcher is out now; check it out from Spotify here.

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