The return of Quartet of Us to Aztec lands is getting closer. With nine dates in eight different cities, the legendary Uruguayan band will return to Mexico in September and October to present not only one, but their last two albums: Thursday Y Plate Eleven.
Of the first, published in 2019, they could barely show a preview at Vive Latino 2020. On the other hand, Plate Eleven It was released on July 8. What awaits the Mexican public in their next shows, advanced Roberto Mussowill be a reflection of his entire career.
In interview with TechMarkup Mexicothe vocalist, guitarist and composer of the group confessed the love they have for Mexico and how much the country’s settings have meant to its history.
“Mexico was the first country that received us in a big festival, in the Live Latino 2007, it was a totally new experience”, commented Roberto Musso. In the same way, he recognized that one of the aspects that most marked him at this festival was the enormous variety of genres and bands that he has always hosted.
In this sense, he said that “it is a very eclectic festival and that was very good for the Quartet because there was an audience with a very open mind, They are very receptive to different genders. And that was an interesting step.”
Regarding their next presentations on national soil, Musso expressed his joy, and that of the entire band, for the growth they have had, since the two dates they have for the Metropólitan Theater They will be the shows with the largest call in the history of the Quartet in Mexico City. “It is not a small thing, we are super happy,” he assured during the virtual meeting with this medium.
Plate Eleven, a critique of extremism
In the songs of his most recent production, Plate Elevenit is possible to identify a hard critique of immediacy and superficiality with which we currently live, often driven by the media. However, the narrative thread contains a much deeper message.
Developed during the pandemic, this album records the experiences of society during the quarantine, while reflecting situations that are “believable at any other stage later”.
“The pandemic exposed a lot of issues that we already had as a society. One of them, as we all know, is the increasingly radicalized polarization in all aspects”, detailed the vocalist.
Regarding this issue, he said that the population is increasingly pressured to draw conclusions and share their opinions on absolutely any topic, despite not having in-depth knowledge about it.
“Although we have more and more information about everything, we know less about each thing. We give our opinion without knowing almost anything about almost everything”, Roberto Musso pointed out.
“Grays are being abolished and now there are always two sides to choose between in all aspects”.
Additionally, he assured that today’s society is governed by a need to “classify and label ourselves”. The band’s stance on this can be heard on the track Rorschachwhose title alludes to the famous psychological test used to issue diagnoses from the contemplation of plates with stains, among which some shapes may or may not be distinguished.
The protagonist of said song, explained Roberto Musso, faces social pressure to choose a side and, instead of finding some certainty or message among the stains, he only sees that, stains. “The character says ‘I only see spots and I have the right to only see spots without having to choose‘”.
“If I don’t see what you want, what do you want me to tell you? […] I don’t see calm, I don’t see clarity, I don’t see glory, I don’t see freedom…” says one of the verses of Rorschach.
Ability to adapt, the greatest quality of the Quartet
The health emergency due to COVID-19 put the whole world in check and the members of Cuarteto de Nos were no exception. Sharing his experience over the last couple of years, Roberto Musso commented that, on the positive side, was able to stay close to his family and share moments such as her little daughter’s videoconference classes, as well as taking advantage of the time to compose new songs.
On the other hand, the band faced uncertainty as to when things would “go back to normal”. About this, the singer mentioned that they missed the good streaks they had had in previous years and agreed that they would never again complain about not getting enough rest from touringor having to get to an airport very early in the morning.
“We did say that we would never complain about that anymore,” Roberto Musso said with a laugh.
When asked about the tendency of the music industry to devote much of its attention to social networks like TikTok, the Uruguayan composer showed his willingness to create all kinds of content for digital platforms “if there is nothing forced and it is in accordance with the aesthetics of the band”.
He declared that it is possible to live perfectly without being in contact with that area, but he accepted that “there is nothing against it”, as long as it is in the same line with the message that the band seeks to transmit.
“We are adaptable beings in the Quartet”, he stated when talking about the wide range of ages among his fans, since there are those who have followed the group since its inception in the 1980s, there is a large part of his audience who met them in very recent times, during confinement.
“A lot of very young people discovered and got very hooked on the pandemic with us because they discovered a band that talks about issues that are not so common in all genres, more philosophical and psychological topics”, pointed out the vocalist. That, added to the fusion of genres that they propose in each song, were the reasons that Musso found to explain the charm that the band caused in its teenage fans.
Under this same narrative, he said he was happy and even proud of the public that follows the band and recognized his “intellectual level” visible in the YouTube comments, in which the users pose multiple questions alluding to the themes and characters of the musical pieces. “That can only come from a highly educated public with a lot of intellectual and creative flight,” he said.
“I am proud to have such an audience.”
Musso confessed that rock ceased to surprise him
Regarding his opinion on the current rock scene, specifically in Latin America, Roberto Musso said that “For some time now it has stopped surprising me”.
This, he commented, because he has not found new proposals that at a lyrical or instrumental level “blow his mind”something that he has managed to discover in other genres such as folk music, trap or urban music in general.
“There are genres with which perhaps I do not share so much, but I find songs where I say ‘what a brutal production’”, explained the singer.
Such a situation, furthermore, is a reflection of how far Musso and the Quartet are from fundamentalisms and hermetic classifications, which is visible in the mixture that has always characterized their music.
As a closing on this topic, he specified that now he knows how to enjoy in other genres what rock gave him before, “that thread of cold sweat on the back, that goosebumps.”