The introductory heavy-metal hammer-ons of album opener "Dança do Zumbi" should clue you in to the fact that this is a group that does not value subtlety — if its members even understand the concept. In fact, Bonde do Role represent the artier and, not coincidentally, trashier fringe of baile funk, the Brazilian mutation of Miami bass that fired up the inhabitants of Rio favelas and, a bit later, the worldlier subset of U.S. indie rockers. If you ever wished M.I.A. was a bigger Licensed to Ill fan, Bondo do Role could be the band for you.
They're good, filthy fun for the rest of us as well. DJs Pedro D'Eyrot and Rodrigo Gorky chop up hard rock guitars, Atari bleeps, Latin-tinged hip-hop beats and whatever other bits of blare are within reach and likely to keep sweaty bodies in not-quite-ironic motion. Meanwhile, spunky frontwoman Marina chants and taunts and teases with demented glee. “Meet me after school and I'll beat you like gorilla,” she threatens on the upbeat “Gasolina,” before digressing into a spirited shout out to Afrika Bambaataa. We can only guess that her Portuguese lyrics are probably just as silly — and whole a lot sleazier.