Try a bit of Bido Lito

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The city’s recent Split celebrations have helped to further the careers of a host of emerging talent. Katy Wheeler speaks to one such band.

GRANTED, their name is a bit of a tongue twister, but The Sons of Bido Lito are ones to remember.

Drawing inspiration from the colourful sounds of the 60s, Spaghetti Westerns and Ennio Morricone amongst other eclectic sources, they’re being hand-picked for gigs around the region.

Frankie and the Heartstrings asked the five-piece to play as part of their Pop Sex venture and they were also plucked from the masses of music acts on the scene to play Split Parade in Holmeside last month.

Their latest gig sees the Red House musicians support Liverpool band Wicked Whispers at Cluny 2 after their psychedelic sound caught the headliners’ ears.

It gives band members – Chris Houghton on organ, Phil Houghton on vocals and guitar, Paddy Pickering on guitar, Jamie Anderson on bass and Dodsy on drums – the chance to showcase their sound to an even wider audience.

It’s a far cry from the band’s humble beginnings 18 months ago.

Chris explains: “We used to sit around in Phil’s allotment playing guitar and listening to records and we thought ‘we can do this.’

“Our music became an interpretation of music we listen to, really. It’s very 60s-orientated, from the classics through to freak beat, through to obscure surf instrumentals. We were watching a lot of Spaghetti Westerns at the time too so that has also influenced our sound.”

The band, who hone their sound at The Bunker studios, found their name in the pages of a book.

“Nobody understands our name when we say it, we have to spell it out,” said Chris. “It comes from a book we were reading about the Sunset Strip in LA. It was talking about clubs and there was one called Bido Lito, we just added the sons of bit.”

The band’s different take on an iconic era is earning them brownie points among fellow musicians.

Speaking about tonight’s gig at Cluny 2, Chris said: “We played Split Parade which was really well attended, it was great to be on the bill. But tonight will be our biggest gig to date.

“Wicked Whispers are the hottest new band in Liverpool, they are similar to ourselves and listen to the same music, so we were over the moon that they sought us out to play. It’s a real privilege.”

He added: “Sunderland struggles venue-wise, but we’ve had some great support from other bands.”

l The Sons of Bido Lito support The Wicked Whispers tonight at Cluny 2 in Ouseburn, Newcastle. Tickets are £5 on the door. Doors open at 8pm.

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