Brazilian Girls on New Album After Six-Year Hiatus: "This Could Be Our Best Record"

"Who knows how many people come to our band's website looking for porn?" wonders Aaron Johnston, drummer for NYC's Brazilian Girls, who in every interview is forced to proclaim that no one in the group is Brazilian and only one of the four members is actually a girl.

"The name came out of the club, where the four of us met, at Nublu in the East Village," he explains. "They invited us to play there every Sunday. One of the owners was Brazilian, so Wednesday nights, they'd have a Brazilian band. When we played, we'd hear people talking, 'You have to come on Wednesday; there's such hot Brazilian girls.'"

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That was back in 2003, when Johnston, singer Sabina Sciubba, keyboardist Didi Gutman, and bassist Jesse Murphy first hooked up. And soon, they brought the electro rhythms, danceable grooves, and a signature sense of humor to three albums, released from 2005 to 2008 -- turning them into a Blondie for the hipster generation.

But in the last six years... nothing.

"We were with Universal and had an option to do a fourth record, but the timing wasn't right," the drummer says. "So we took the option to say no."

They spent this hiatus working on their own individual projects and starting families. Johnston didn't get into how old their kids would have to be before they introduce the children to their classic song "Pussy," with its refrain, "Pussy, pussy, pussy, marijuana." But he did reveal the band has an album's worth of material it's in the process of mixing.

"We're independent now. We funded it ourselves. For a while, we were managing ourselves," he says. "This could be our best record. I would love to release it as a full-length, but that's not how the music business works, so we might release singles or an EP as soon as this year. We're definitely going to have something released in time for a 20-date tour we're planning next spring."

For now, they're doing a minitour that will take them to Miami's Ball & Chain on Thursday night.

"We're getting back our momentum and feeling good about it," Johnston enthuses. "We'll play stuff from our first three records and a lot of music no one has heard."

One of those songs that Johnston's especially excited about is titled "Critic," which was spawned by whom you would expect.

"We did a show in New York where Sabina wore a skintight outfit with balloons and red dye underneath it. At some point, she popped them with a pin, and it got down to her crotch, and I guess people thought she was menstruating. Some critic wrote this weird thing which inspired it. It's got a heavy dance thing with our usual electronic-meets-acoustic music."

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Brazilian Girls. Thursday, November 13. Ball & Chain, 1513 SW Eighth St., Miami. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and tickets cost $35 plus fees via Ages 21 and up. Call 305-643-7820, or visit

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