Bonde do Role is a funk-inspired group from Curitiba, Brazil consisting of MCs Pedro D'Eyrot, Laura Taylor, Ana Bernardino, and DJ / MC Rodrigo Gorky. The group started in their hometown Curitiba in the south of Brazil in 2004, mixing sexual riffs with funk carioca, also known as baile funk – a Brazilian, and particularly Rio-based, party funk sound.
Bonde played their first gig 200 kilometers away from home, on a boat and already the music was taking on a life of its own. Before long, International producer Diplo, already obsessed with baile funk, heard one of their demos and signed them to his own fledgling label, Mad Decent, before signing to Domino in 2006.
The band did their first major tour in 2006 with CSS and in March of the same year, Rolling Stone magazine picked the band as one of the "10 Bands to Watch", where they were described as "Brazilian party starters". The following month The New York Times praised the band's work as well.
Bonde's music has been used in a variety of media; Solta o Frango is currently heard in a worldwide campaign for Nokia, the track was also used in another commercial for the hit series Ugly Betty on Channel 4 in the UK, it is also featured on the soundtrack of Electronic Arts game Fifa 2008 and on 2008's movie The Ruins. GQ magazine used their song "Office Boy" for the behind-the-scenes photo shoot of actress Jessica Alba by photographer Terry Richardson.
In 2008, the band toured around the world, including the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, We Love Sounds festival in Australia and others. In the same year, the band was nominated in two categories (band of the year and song of the year) at the Brazilian MTV Video Music Awards, and performed a medley live at the show.
Bonde currently have their own interview television show on MTV Brazil and are working on their second album with a variety of producers, including DJ Chernobyl (who also worked on their first record), Diplo, Switch, Boys Noize among others. The band will be playing numerous festivals including the Secret Garden Party and the Underage Festival, as well as a show at Fabric in London. Bonde are currently recording their follow up album to their 2007 critically acclaimed debut 'With Lasers' which is set for a 2010 release.