Tó Trips and Pedro Gonçalves are Dead Combo. The group was formed in 2003 by an invitation of Henrique Amaro from Antena 3 radio, to record the track “Paredes Ambience” included in the homage CD to the genius of the Portuguese guitar Carlos Paredes, “Movimentos Perpétuos – Música para Carlos Paredes”. They incarnate two characters that could have come from a comic: a caretaker and a gangster.
The band has released 5 albums so far having 3 of them been awarded “Record of the Year” and “Record of the Decade” in Portugal. “Vol.1” the band’s debut album was received as “…a breath of fresh air…” in the portuguese music scene. “Vol.2 – Quando a Alma Não é Pequena” also received the record of the year award.
The group released their third studio album “Lusitânia Playboys” in 2008. The album was awarded the record of the year and record of the decade awards. The band has played in all major venues and festivals in Portugal.
“Lisboa Mulata” the band’s latest album was considered album of the year by several publications in Portugal.
The band was also featured in the Lisbon episode of “No Reservations” by Anthony Bourdain.
Three of the band’s albums reached the top 10 on the north-american iTunes charts
DEAD COMBO & THE ROYAL SKULLS’ ORCHESTRA
DEAD COMBO AND THE ROYAL SKULLS’ ORCHESTRA is a special project where Dead Combo is joined by a five piece band. The project premiered in late 2009, in São Luiz Theatre in Lisbon. The special project includes Dead Combo plus a piano player, drummer and a three piece horn section. The members of the Orchestra are:
- Ana Araújo – Piano
- Alexandre Frazão – Drums
- João Marques – Trumpet and Flughelhorn
- João Cabrita – Saxophones
- Jorge Ribeiro – Trombone