THE SONS OF BIDO LITO are a sixties influenced band with a difference. Named after the Los Angeles hangout of their musical heroes (Doors/Love/Captain Beefheart), they eschew the more fashionable strands of psychedelia in favour of a darker and more menacing sound; their scuzzy, cinematic music is not out of place alongside the fantastic nightmares of Joe Meek’s more sinister sounding recordings. Their songs are three minute gems, sensual and powerful, drenched in a haunting yet soulful carnival organ, with jangling guitars and pounding jungle rockabilly drumming.
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The Sons of Bido Lito began to germinate in Sunderland in the glorious summer of 2011, amongst a backdrop of hazy sunshine, leafy trees and some old Sergio Leone film tapes. Creating music drenched in jangling guitars, a haunting carnival organ and pounding jungle drums, their 3-minute gems are sure to get feet a-tappin’ like an old Mississippi blues man.
Since then they’ve supported Jaco Gardner and James Skelly & the Intenders, as well as performing at the Stockton Weekender on a bill which included Primal Scream. ‘We were just buzzing, seeing our name on the same poster as them. And then we had a pint with Bobby and Andy afterwards who told us about playing with Arthur Lee of Love in the 1990s. Amazing.’
While their love for sixties psych is easy to see, with writers comparing them to The Coral, in the van on tour they’ll be playing Little Richard one minute, The Jam the next, followed by some Jamaican ska and rocksteady, and then the Everly Brothers. “It’s a good mix,” says the band. The wide mixture of influences allows them to create a unique sound, with no comformities or strict genres to stick to, moving away from the conventions of modern music and creating their own personality as a band.
But when the rubber hits the road, their songs are still three minute pop songs that ‘in an ideal world could have been produced by Phil Spector’. And with some of those songs already being used by the likes of FIFA and Heineken, it’s high time music lovers worldwide followed suit and learn to love the Sons of Bido Lito.
The Dirty Water Club started in October 1996 in the Tufnell Park neighbourhood of north London, at a venue called The Boston. The club’s name is derived from The Standells’ 1966 hit ‘Dirty Water’ which glorifies the US city of Boston, Massachusetts.
Past performers have included The White Stripes (voted by Q Magazine as one of the top 10 gigs of all time, Mojo one of the top 30 and Kerrang one of the top 100!), The Gories, NOBUNNY, Kid Congo Powers (from the Cramps), The Fleshtones, Billy Childish, Radio Birdman, The Dirtbombs, Thee Michelle Gun Elephant, The 220.127.116.11’s, The Horrors and The Brian Jonestown Massacre to name just a few. The club has also seen some original ’60s performers, such as The Monks, ? and the Mysterians, Kim Fowley, Sky Saxon, GONN, Michael Davis of the MC5 and more grace its stage.
Their in-house record label, Dirty Water Records, is one of the leading garage/beat/(real) R&B labels in the world.