Tó Trips and Pedro Gonçalves are Dead Combo. Since 2003, they incarnate two characters which origin could have been from a comics book: an undertaker and a gangster. Their five albums released so far have been acclaimed in Portugal and abroad, having had their first Vol. 1 included in Charlie Gillet’s list of best world albums in 2005, Lusitânia Playboys awarded record of the decade and all of the albums awarded record of the year by several important publications in Portugal.
In 2012, the band was featured in the Lisbon episode of No Reservations by Anthony Bourdain, where their music was the soundtrack for the whole episode.
The three first albums of the band reached top 10 on the north-american iTunes charts for several weeks.
A Bunch of Meninos, the band’s latest album with several both international and national known artists, reached number one in Portugal, and also on Spotify and iTunes. Dead Combo have been playing across the world and both Rumbero and Lisboa Mulata songs were recently included in the motion picture Focus by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa featuring the actors Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Rodrigo Santoro.
Tó Trips was born in Lisbon in 1966 and started playing guitar at the age of 12 with an uncle’s guitar. Since then, he has joined several bands, until the release of his first solo classic guitar album Guitarra 66 in 2008, based on landscape memories and photos of all the trips with his wife, passing by the afro desert to the tropical pacific style.
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In 2015, is released the album Guitarra Makaka – Dances to an Unknown God where Tó evokes the languid sadness of the Cabo Verde warm, the blissful sophistication of Malian music or Lisbon that in an embarrassed joy, invites the Mediterranean for a summer ball (Rastilho Records). His last limited edition LP called Sunga (Primitive Music and Sounds from Makaka Island) with João Doce from Wraygunn band was released by March this year born from a force that only true friendship, freedom and creativity can lead.
Tó Trips accepted the challenge to name his 10 best suggestions for …
#1. Favorite spot for inspiration
TT: Bones beach at Caldeira do Fogo in São Miguel (Azores)
#2. Favorite restaurant
TT: Marítima de Xabregas
#3. If you only have 30 minutes in Lisbon
TT: Adamastor viewpoint
#4. Porn dream food
TT: Ramiro seafood restaurant
#5. Best way to spend 2,00€ in Lisbon
TT: Fried codfish cake at Tasca O Trevo (Camões Square)
#6. Favorite expression in Portuguese
TT: Buga lá man! (lego)
#7. Name a special person to seat next to you on a flight
TT: My wife Raquel Castro
#8. Favorite hotel
TT: Flatotel in New York City
#9. Portugal on a plate
TT: Grilled kid (goat), at A Manhosa restaurant in Viseu