London-based instrumental outfit Los Bitchos — Australian-born, Serra Petale (guitar); Uruguayan-born Agustina Ruiz (keytar); Swedish-born, Josefine Jonsson (bass) and London-born and-based Nic Crawshaw (drums) — can trace their origins to meeting at various late-night parties and through mutual friends. Inspired by their individual members’ different upbringings and backgrounds, Los Bitchos have developed a unique, genre-blurring and retro-futuristic sound blends elements of Peruvian chicha, Argentine cumbia, Turkish psych and surf rock, as well the music each individual member grew up with:
- The Uruguayan-born Ruiz had a Latin-American music collection that the members of the band fell in love with.
- The Swedish-born Jonsson “brings a touch of out of control pop,” her bandmates often joke.
- Aussie-born Serra Petale is deeply inspired by her mother’s 70s Anatolian rock records.
- And the London-born Crawshaw played in a number of local punk bands before joining Los Bitchos.
“Coming from all these different places,” Los Bitchos’ Serra Petale says, “it means we’re not stuck in one genre and we can rip up the rulebook a bit when it comes to our influences.”
Los Bitchos’ Alex Kapranos-produced full-length debut, Let The Festivities Begin! was released earlier this year. Recorded at Gallery Studios, Let The Festivities Begin! sees the London-based instrumental outfit further establishing their reputation for crafting maximalist and trippy, Technicolor, instrumental party starting jams — with a cinematic quality.
The album’s celebratory title is something you might say while toasting dear friends, families and even strangers at a gathering — and hopefully at the of this horrible period of despair and uncertainty, as a way to usher in a period of carefree debauchery. “It’s about being together and having a really good time,” Los Bitchos say in press notes.
If you’ve been frequenting this site over the course of this year, you might recall that I managed to write about four of the album’s singles:
- “Las Panteras” a funky, mind-bending jam featuring shimmering synths bongos, cowbell, cabasa and wiry post punk meets Nile Rodgers and surf rock-like guitars and a sinuous bass line.
- “Good to Go,” another mind-bending, genre-blurring composition that begins with a decidedly Western intro with shimmering and reverb-drenched guitar twang before quickly morphing into a a trippy yet chilled out Latin funk meets Turkish psych affair with glistening synths, handclaps and a blazing guitar solo.
- “Pista (Fresh Start),” a slick and trippy synthesis of chicha, cumbia and psych rock featuring looping guitars and dance floor friendly Latin rhythms.
- “The Link Is About To Die,” a trippy party friendly groove featuring looping and glistening guitars, twinkling synths and shuffling rhythms.
The rapidly rising JOVM mainstays will cap off a momentous year with two singles “Los Chrismos,” their first-ever Christmas themed composition and “Tipp Tapp,” which will be released digitally and physically on November 18, 2022 on a flexi disc bundled with a red vinyl re-press of their debut album. Co-produced, by the band’s Serra Petal and Javier Weyler, the two new tracks were recorded at 5db.
The first single of the batch, the Christmas-themed “Los Chismos,” is a celebratory party, starting romp with cheers and shouts, centered around a dexterous and looping guitar line, atmospheric synths that’s one-part cumbia, one-part psych rock and 100% unadulterated joy. Here in the States, we haven’t gotten to Halloween, let alone Thanksgiving but that’s besides the point. The song is a much-needed and infectious burst of fun and hope.
“‘Los Chrismos’ is our ‘80s nostalgic Christmas dreamland. Shoop-shooping down the slopes into a cosy chalet strewn with fairy lights, join us for a glass of bubbly and a cosy Christmas party full of festivities!” The band shares. “We can’t wait to get dressed up and play this song on our Chrismos tour.”
Los Bitchos will close out the year with a number of festival dates, along with select dates opening for Franz Ferdinand during their October and November UK tour. They also will open for Pavement in London. December will see the band playing across the UK and European Union. All tour dates are below.
Oct 15 Leeds, UK – Live at Leeds ‘In The City’
Oct 19 Manchester, UK – O2 Victoria Warehouse – w/ Franz Ferdinand
Oct 20 London, UK – Alexandra Palace – w/ Franz Ferdinand
Oct 21 Cardiff, UK – Swn Festival Weekend
Oct 24 London, UK – The Roundhouse w/ Pavement
Nov 5 Brighton, UK – Mutations Festival
Nov 10 Glasgow, UK – OVO Hydro – w/ Franz Ferdinand
Nov 12 Glasgow, UK – The Great Western Festival
Nov 13 Kortrijk, BE – Sonic City Festival
Dec 2 – London @ Heaven^
Dec 7 – Berlin @ Silent Green*
Dec 8 – Amsterdam @ Paradiso Noord*
Dec 9 – Luxembourg @ Rotondes*
Dec 10 – Bern @ ISC Club*
“Los Chrismos” Headline Tour Dates w/ support from:
* – Takeshi’s Cashew
^ – audiobooks