The official presentation of “Marrow” took place on the 19th of January 2017 at the Grande Auditório of Centro Cultural de Belém, where we had already played a couple of years before. Because of that, we knew we had to do something special to make it interesting, so after tossing around a few ideas we decided to invite some guests to help us bring the new album to life.
For this show we invited 6 of our favorite female singers from other bands, a string trio and also 3 friends that regularly substituted band members live when someone wasn’t available. It was truly amazing to be surrounded by this much talent in the whole process and definitely one of the highlights of my musical “career”. What we didn’t quite factor in when we planned it was the amount of time needed to rehearse with 12 additional musicians, considering they had to learn a lot of stuff in a short time frame, and still find the time to rehearse the new songs as a band so we could actually play our own parts and not look like complete idiots on stage! We spent every night of the week before the show locked in a room at CCB rehearsing with each musician, and I have to admit for a moment there it felt like we had bitten off more than we could chew… fortunately, in the end it all worked out better than we could have hoped for, thanks to the infinite talent and dedication of our guests.
I don’t know about the others, but personally I felt the pressure of this show much more intensely than on previous album presentations. There was so many people involved, so many technical aspects that could go wrong that it was really hard for me to focus on the music and forget about all the rest. Because of that, it was probably one of the gigs that I enjoyed the least while onstage, but upon seeing some the recordings afterwards I couldn’t be prouder. It still blows my mind that such an unassuming invitation between friends to start a new band just a few years before turned into this massive thing, with so many talented people involved and so many listeners interested in our work.
These are some of my photographic memories from that very intense week.