Gringo is the alias for Arthur Costa Manso, a Brazilian/American artist based in São Paulo, Brazil. His parents were popular solo musicians in the 1970s and 1980s and steeped him in music from a young age. By the time he was 10, he was already playing drums and devouring ska/punk bands like Guttermouth, MxPx, Reel Big Fish, The Aquabats, The Offspring and Green Day.
Having grown up in Los Angeles, California, Arthur moved back to São Paulo in 1999 and was soon drumming for a host of pop/rock bands. During this time, Arthur honed his singing and decided to learn guitar in order to start writing music. Soon after, he joined the rock band Siena. He contributed a number of songs in his native Portuguese during their three-year tenure.
When the band came to a halt in 2013, Arthur decided to hit the road and travel the world. After years gathering inspiration from many diverse cultures, he finally felt compelled to write his first works in English. The result arrived in early 2019, with the release of the snythy, alternative ballad “Venezuelan Honey”, which was produced by renowned Brazilian producer AONI, also a fellow Siena bandmate.
Off the back of “Venezuelan Honey”, Arthur is set for a big 2019. He is about to put the finishing touches on his debut EP, which draws from such inspiration as Sufjan Stevens, The Strokes, Tame Impala, Arctic Monkeys, The 1975 and Kings of Leon. The long-awaited EP will be released in mid-2019.
Although this is my 4th original release this year, it’s the 1st song I wrote for this project. In early 2018, I was living in Hangzhou, China, ??where adaptation can be difficult for any foreigner. In China, so many expats seem to be running away from something back home. Several of us felt lost and there was often desperation for something to cling on to, whether it be alcohol, friendships, drugs or love affairs. Human connections were a hot commodity. This song is about those connections and the hurt they can cause because although some of us were only looking for “a little entertainment”, others were desperately in search of something more. – ??Gringo