Oitavo Esquerdo – Se Eu Soubesse

Being better at football, getting a girlfriend and taking naps are the suggestions of Oitavo Esquerdo to an easier life. For us, all it takes is good music - such as theirs.

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Oitavo Esquerdo is a Portuguese rock band that is very keen on incorporating irony and humour in their lyrics. Their creation dates back to 2012 when they were only a duo  (Miguel – vocals -, and Fábio – back vocals and guitar). For those of you who don’t speak Portuguese, Oitavo Esquerdo stands for 8th (floor) left, as in the number of the house in which they gathered to rehearse and create. It was only from 2014 forward that they began to seriously invest in the band. After going through a process of re-editing, and signing with the new London-Lisbon-based label Watermelon Records, they are now finally editing their debut album.

To properly anticipate that released, Oitavo Esquerdisre back with a brand new video for the single Se Eu Soubesse (If Only I Knew). This duo grew into a four piece band that now counts with Francisco (drums) and Vasco (bass) in order to be able to put more bodie and depth to their sound. Focusing on that traditional rock with a quirky twist, Se Eu Soubesse is a fun track that wishes upon an easier life.

Verso 1:
Se eu pudesse ficar a manhã toda na cama e não ter de ir trabalhar
Se eu ganhasse o Euromilhões livremente a procrastinar 

Refrão:
Se eu soubesse
Que isto ia ser assim
Teria ficado no útero
A dormitar

Verso 2:
Se eu jogasse melhor futebol, de vez em quando podia celebrar
Se eu tivesse uma namorada, talvez as coisas fossem melhorar

Refrão:
Se eu soubesse
Que isto ia ser assim
Tinha ficado no útero

Verso 3:
Se me deixassem beber mais um gin ao som da música do Tom Jobim 
Eu só quero ter tempo para mim, eu só quero ter tempo
Eu só quero ter tempo para mim, eu só quero ter tempo

Refrão:
Se eu soubesse
Que isto ia ser assim
Teria ficado no útero
Se eu soubesse
Que isto ia ser assim
Teria ficado no útero
A dormitar

Verse 1:
If I could stay all morning in bed and not have to go to work
If I won the lottery freely to procrastinate

Chorus:
If only I knew
That this was going to be this way
I would have stayed in the womb
Taking a nap

Verse 2:
If I played better football, I could celebrate from time to time
If I had a girlfriend, maybe things would get better

Chorus:
If only I knew
That this was going to be this way 
I would have stayed in the womb

Verse 3:
If they let me drink another gin to the sound of Tom Jobim’s music
I just want to have time for myself, I just want to have time
I just want to have time for myself, I just want to have time

Chorus:
If only I knew
That this was going to be this way 
I would have stayed in the womb
If only I knew
That this was going to be this way
It would have been in the womb
Taking a nap

It’s safe to say we fell in love with the melodies, the fun little whistles and claps amongst the guitars and the overall feel-good, petty-complaining, daydreaming vibe. If you enjoyed this single, then you have a lot to look forward to. Being released next June, their first long play is set to be breath of fresh air in the Portuguese indie-rock scene.

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