The first "single" chosen is Dingleberry Ice Cream, a song with lyrcs in English and Mirandese - Portugal’s second official language, spoken mainly by elders in the band’s region - that tells the story of a Family Frost ice cream salesman (hence the truck’s typical melody being played with a bagpipe) who worked in Miranda do Douro (known as part of Portugal’s "cold lands"), who became frustrated with his lack of success. One day he decides to “tweak“ the ice cream’s recipe, and suddenly his sales go off the charts! Ricardo Santos [Velha Gaiteira, Gambuzinos, Trasga, Bizarma and Zaragaitas] plays the bagpipe on the song.
Manuel Meirinhos [Galandum Galundaina, Trasgo] contributes with additional vocals, sampling and bagpipe. Freaky, the crazy chihuahua barks (a lot) on the song Os Tintins do Tintin. Also, additional vocals throughout the CD were provided by Susana Lima and Hugo Picamilho [PadariaGang].
Some field recordings captured in loco by ethnomusicologist Tiago Pereira & A Música Portuguesa a Gostar Dela Própria [http://amusicaportuguesaagostardelapropria.org/] were used on the disc. With Porntugal, Serrabulho focused on its Portuguese cultural/musical heritage and wrote an intense-yet-exotic album, with multiple layers that result in an ever-more-distinctive effort.
The band also notes that a part of Serrabulho’s twisted aesthetic actually originates from the minds of two young ladies: “Susana Catalão, our most beloved lyricist, has penned the vast majority of the songs’ lyrics, delivering some of funniest stories, written in an exquisite way that lets us delve ever-deeper in our craziness. Meanwhile, Marta Peneda’s cover art has been the band’s calling card. Every time we talk to either Susana and Marta about some ideas we had, they return to us with even more deranged concepts than the ones we initially brainstormed.”
Live video by: Carlos Guimarães