Tropicália Architects Os Mutantes One of the most influential Brazilian psychedelic rock bands of the Tropicália movement, Os Mutantes released its first album in 35 years, Haih or Amortecedor in 2009. Formed by brothers Sergio and Arnaldo Dias, the group drew inspiration from the likes of Jimi Hendrix, English rock and traditional Brazilian music.
Os Mutantes' music often mirrored the turbulent political atmosphere of Brazil, but the band has also stood the test of time to become one Brazil's most influential acts. Despite nearly constant membership changes, followed by a long hiatus, Os Mutantes reunited in 2006 for a highly anticipated tour. In this session from 2009 the group demonstrates that it remains politically relevant while pumping out psychedelic jams. They released a new album Fool Metal Jack earlier this year. We revisit this earlier visit as part of our Sense of Place: Rio series.