A Banca

A Banca (Portuguese for "The Stand") was a very short-lived Brazilian alternative rock band from Santos, São Paulo, composed mostly by former Charlie Brown Jr. members and described as a "spiritual successor" of it.

A Banca
OriginSantos, São Paulo, Brazil
GenresAlternative rock, rap rock, funk rock, reggae rock, skate punk, pop rock, rapcore
Years activeApril – September 2013
Associated actsCharlie Brown Jr., Bula, D'Chapas
Past membersChampignon
Marcão
Thiago Castanho
Bruno Graveto
Lena Papini

HistoryEdit

Following the break-up of Charlie Brown Jr., caused by the death of vocalist Chorão due to a cocaine overdose on March 6, 2013,[1] the remaining members of the band (guitarists Thiago Castanho and Marcão, drummer Bruno Graveto and bassist Champignon) decided to form a new musical project that would serve as a tribute act both to Charlie Brown Jr. and Chorão, dubbing it "A Banca" (literally translated to English as "The Stand") in allusion to a Brazilian street slang referring to a gathering of friends – i.e., "Charlie Brown Jr.'s friends".[2] (Coincidentally, "A Banca" is also the name of a song by Charlie Brown Jr. from their 2000 album Nadando com os Tubarões.) The only bandmember not originally from Charlie Brown Jr. was bassist Helena "Lena" Papini.[3]

The band's first rehearsal was watched and approved by Chorão's son,[4] and they made their official debut on Serginho Groisman's variety show Altas Horas on April 11, 2013. In May they announced their nationwide Chorão Eterno Tour in tribute to Chorão,[5] in which they covered Charlie Brown Jr.'s greatest hits and also played new compositions. In August they released the single "O Novo Passo",[6][7][8] chosen by Rolling Stone Brasil one of the best Brazilian songs of the year.[9] The band played its final show in São Vicente in late August,[10] and in early September vocalist Champignon announced that their first full-length album was scheduled to be released in early 2014.[11]

Despite their apparent success, ever since its inception A Banca was overshadowed by controversy; a parcel of Charlie Brown Jr. fans criticized Champignon for "not respecting Chorão's death" and "not mourning it properly", going to the point of dismissing him as a "cash-grabber", a "traitor" and a "Judas".[12] Even though Champignon always vehemently denied such claims,[13] constant criticism eventually lead him to sink into a major depression,[14] and on September 9, 2013, he committed suicide by shooting himself in the head with a .380 ACP pistol, effectively ending A Banca.[15][16]

By 2014 the remaining members of A Banca (Castanho excepted) formed a new project, D'Chapas, alongside vocalist Ivan Sader,[17][18][19] and with André Pinguim (also a former member of Charlie Brown Jr.), Papini and Marcão formed Bula.[20] Papini left Bula in late 2019.

DiscographyEdit

SingleEdit

Year Single Album
2013 "O Novo Passo" Non-album song

MembersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Chorão, do Charlie Brown Jr., é encontrado morto em São Paulo". Terra Networks (in Portuguese). March 6, 2013. Retrieved September 29, 2019.
  2. ^ "Charlie Brown Jr.: membros anunciam nova banda, A Banca". Whiplash (in Portuguese). April 11, 2013. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  3. ^ "Integrantes do Charlie Brown Jr. anunciam banda sem Chorão". G1 (in Portuguese). April 11, 2013. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  4. ^ "Filho de Chorão vê ensaio e aprova formação da nova banda A Banca". GShow (in Portuguese). April 11, 2013. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  5. ^ "Banda com músicos do Charlie Brown Jr. lança a turnê Chorão Eterno". O Fuxico (in Portuguese). June 10, 2013. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  6. ^ "'A Banca' lança novo single em primeiro grande show no litoral de SP". G1 (in Portuguese). August 23, 2013. Retrieved October 20, 2019.
  7. ^ "A Banca disponibiliza 'O Novo Passo', primeiro single, para audição". Blog n' Roll (in Portuguese). September 2013. Archived from the original on September 27, 2013. Retrieved September 29, 2019.
  8. ^ "Nova música d'A Banca fala sobre recomeço, coragem e amor; ouça 'O Novo Passo'". Extra (in Portuguese). September 10, 2013. Retrieved October 20, 2019.
  9. ^ "As melhores músicas nacionais de 2013". Rolling Stone (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 2017-09-06. Retrieved 2019-10-13.
  10. ^ "Último show de 'A Banca' foi uma homenagem para Chorão". G1 (in Portuguese). September 9, 2013. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  11. ^ "Em último post, Champignon disse que A Banca preparava primeiro CD". D24am (in Portuguese). September 9, 2013. Retrieved September 29, 2019.
  12. ^ "Champignon foi chamado de Judas na véspera de morrer". O Globo (in Portuguese). September 9, 2013. Retrieved September 29, 2019.
  13. ^ "Ex-Charlie Brown Jr. nega estar se aproveitando da morte de Chorão: 'Banda não era só dele'". Veja (in Portuguese). April 11, 2013. Retrieved September 29, 2019.
  14. ^ "Champignon estava com depressão e incomodado com críticas, diz delegada". Folha de S.Paulo (in Portuguese). September 9, 2013. Retrieved October 25, 2019.
  15. ^ "Champignon, do Charlie Brown Jr., morre em São Paulo". Veja (in Portuguese). September 9, 2013. Retrieved September 29, 2019.
  16. ^ "A Banca divulga comunicado sobre a morte de Champignon". G1 (in Portuguese). September 9, 2013. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  17. ^ "Baterista revela que integrantes do CBJr podem formar nova banda". G1 (in Portuguese). January 2, 2014. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  18. ^ "Um ano sem Chorão: músicos do Charlie Brown Jr. dedicam-se a novos projetos". UOL (in Portuguese). February 17, 2014. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  19. ^ "Integrantes da banda de Champignon lançam novo projeto de rock". Caras (in Portuguese). February 11, 2014. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  20. ^ "Banda Bula tenta exorcizar o passado". Estadão (in Portuguese). February 6, 2015. Retrieved October 13, 2019.