It would be hard to set up shop in more disparate geographical locations than Turtle Giant. The trio of Beto and Frederico Ritchie and António Conceição, who began in Brazil in 2010, spent the next year or more in Spain before setting up shop in Macau, China and Hong Kong. Then again, the type of music they play — the classic rock psychedelic sound heard on this track “Georgie” — has been a mainstay of the rock canon from The Beatles all the way up to contemporaries like Tame Impala, so it’s really nationless at this point.
“The music scene is pretty segregated in Hong Kong and Macau,” the band’s Fred Ritchie tells us. “And because of this there are periods where it is nearly non-existent. It’s segregated between CantoPop artists, metalheads and Philipino cover bands playing in hotel resorts. Besides that 99% of the music consumed is imported from mainland China, Korea and the Western world. Bands hardly last for more than 3 years since there are very few options available to them.”
Here’s hoping that’s not the case for Turtle Giant. The band’s LP Many Mansions is out August 15th, 2015.