The Sons of Bido Lito – Avalanche

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Some songs just frisk ears with their creative tenacity; finger the imagination and fondle the psyche with a tempting which almost seems like it has been engineered just to fit personal tastes. One such irresistible enticement for us is Avalanche, the new thrill laden single from UK garage/psych rockers The Sons of Bido Lito. The two track encounter is pure addiction on 7” vinyl courtesy of Dirty Water Records; a pair of songs which from different directions unite to create aural manna for swerving bodies and lusty thoughts.

Taking its name from the Los Angeles hangout of the Sunderland band’s musical heroes such as The Doors, Love, and Captain Beefheart, the seeds of The Sons Of Bido Lito began in the summer of 2011. Inspired by the sixties garage rock sound and equally its psychedelic seduction, the quintet began weaving those essences into their own shadow rich imagination and dark toned invention. The years since emerging have seen the band support the likes of Jacco Gardner and James Skelly & the Intenders, share stages with bands such as Primal Scream, and the release of their well-received debut EP Bido Music in the April of 2013. The following Gamma Ray! single again awoke new and greater amounts of eager appetites as well as finding itself being used by Fifa for their YouTube goal of the month video, ensuring the song there alone was heard over one million times, whilst the track Coco Bongo was taken up by Heineken for their Champions league coverage with Ruud Gullit bringing another 2,000,000 YouTube hits in touch with the band. Now it is the turn of the brilliant Avalanche to stir up more attention, a success quickly assumed as a given once the title song sets to work on ears and imagination.

Cover_RingMaster Review     For us it took barely a handful of seconds to be enthralled to Avalanche, the song winding a juicy flirtatious guitar groove around ears, it almost instantly joined by the bulging muscle of commanding and enticing beats. Another breath sees further guitar shimmering seducing the senses and a rumbling dark bassline whipping up the emotions. Fair to say already every aspect of the song comes with an addictive virulence which only grows and intensifies over time. The garage rock stomping spawned by riffs and rhythms alone just dangles impossible not to take a bite at bait in the lure of the song, that incessant tempting leading to a host of keen and imposingly gripping hooks, juicy grooves, and the great effect wrapped vocals of guitarist Phill Houghton.

Surf rock hues soak the melodic enterprise whilst bass and beats taunt with a tone and infectiousness lying somewhere between The Cramps and Bo Diddley. Overall the song, drawing as much on the flavourings of artists like The Sonics and Dave Edmunds as it does those like Reverend Horton Heat and Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers, finds a unique spot in a bordering on psychotic landscape which is quite simply sixties spawned rock ‘n’ roll alchemy perfect for any era.

The accompanying 12 Commandments emerges with a character more coloured by the psychedelic influences of the band. From within a wash of waves on an imagination assuming midnight lit shore, another heavily alluring bassline from Lem grips attention. A matching rhythmic coaxing from drummer Dodsy quickly joins the affair and a sultry embrace of guitar from Paddy Pickering too, once more a surf rock seducing working away through his and the string exploits of Phill Houghton whose vocals sway in ears like a magnetic flame, the keys and percussive enticing of Chris Houghton completing the palette of sonic colour in the psych rock temptation. The collusion of all hues maybe inevitably suggests The Doors but equally the likes of The Byrds and fellow UK band Kobadelta come to mind across the encounter too.

Though the lead track steals the show, 12 Commandments is sheer bewitchment and together both tracks make Avalanche one majestic virus of sound and reveal The Sons of Bido Lito as one musical infestation everyone needs in their life.

Avalanche is available on 7″ vinyl and digitally via Dirty Water Records from October 14th.

Pete RingMaster 07/09/2015

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The Watchmakers – Illumination

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A captivatingly immersive sonic embrace, the single Illumination from UK based The Watchmakers reveals why the glowing praising over the band over recent times. A mesmeric haze of seductively swirling psychedelic evocation tempered by a cooler post punk rhythmic stability, the song is a fascination magnetism inviting full use of imagination and emotions upon its unique canvas.

Hailing from Manchester, the foursome of vocalist/guitarist Rich Maitland, guitarist Adam Lewis, bassist Andy Lewis, and drummer Ian Maitland were soon drawing attention and acclaim with their demos Before Questions Became and Waves, and a neo-psychedelia sound wrapped in the inspirations of bands such as Velvet Underground, 13th Floor Elevators, The Beatles from the sixties and the more modern explorations of others such as The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Primal Scream and The Verve. As evidenced by the single there is a dual pronged persuasion at work within the band’s music, creativity seemingly unafraid to push theirs and the listener’s boundaries.

The band has played with the likes of The Pretty Things, Jacco Gardner, Dark Bells and Exit Calm over time as well as selling out two The Watchmakers sleeveheadline appearances at Psychedelic Happenings in Manchester, whilst earlier this year they were invited to a Showcase for BBC 6. This June now sees the release of a pair of songs Carpe Diem and Illumination, their first releases for Loaded Soul Records.

Illumination opens upon a wistful humid breeze, soulful warmth colluding with a melancholic breath courted by an Indian mystique. It is an intriguing coaxing which explodes with riveting potency as guitars unveil a web of intoxicating sonic endeavour and sweltering melodic hooks within an expanding synth bred ambience. It is immediately climatic and provocative, especially with the expressive vocals which add to the emerging narrative. Into its full temptation, the song is a bracing adventure painting with emotional melodies and descriptive sonic hues but it is the spine of rigid bass luring and hypnotic rhythmic bait which brings the depth and weight of the track alive, its dulled post punk persistence the catalyst to the tempestuous alchemy above it.

Intense in sound and atmosphere, the song is equally oppressive and feverishly seductive, a striking declaration of a new exciting presence in the potent shape of The Watchmakers. From the song alone it is easy to feel great things lie in wait for us and the band ahead, breeding a healthy anticipation as we go off hungrily to find Carpe Diem which was not included in our promo.

Illumination is available via Loaded Soul Records now and available as limited edition vinyl and digitally.

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8.5/10

RingMaster 12/06/2014

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