Laddio Bolocko were kicking around in the late 90’s. You may have missed them, they made a few records that weren’t widely available and the band split in 2000. Well, in May you can get your hands on the Laddio Bolocko discography in a box set released on John Dwyer’s label Castle Face Records. There’s a track release today, “Laddio’s Money,” an electric, noise-heavy garage rock track from the 3-disc collection simply titled Laddio Bolocko ’97-’99. This what John Dwyer has to say…
“Laddio’s Money is another prime specimen of the grimy and pocked cement floor punk
of New York’s Laddio Bolocko. Brewed onto the basement tapes this one throbs and circles as the iridescent neon hammer head that it is. Wicked drums, as always from Blake Fleming. Searing Guitar as we’ve come to expect from Drew St.Ivany. Broken & bloody tooth 4 string bass from Ben Armstring dragging the bottom of the ocean and bulldozing all the bodies. Triumph-in-horn-form via Marcus Degrazia’s lung powered engines. All cylinders are firing. Take my money, Laddio!”
Speaking on the forthcoming collection, Dwyer continued:
“The following story might be bullshit (drug use and memory enhancements)
Years ago I was sitting at home staring into the middle distance and the phone on the wall rang (that should denote how long ago this was). On the other end was the booker from The Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco, who had never called me before. She was excited about the show they had that night and was calling people to invite them. Apparently the night before a band called Laddio Bolocko had played and were so mesmerizing, so strong that they had offered them the next night, which was open. I was intrigued as no band had ever warranted this invite previously to my knowledge. This was new and exciting territory.
I had my ass & ears handed to me that evening. Scorching, pummeling, deep waters ran over me as I stood, beer in hand, mouth open. My memory may be embellishing but I remember a sax as big as me, drums that were physically hanging on by a thread, and twin electric strings that reeled sinister sprites over my head in outwardly circular patterns. Aggressive, far out fractals burned in my brain. I had never seen anything like this band, and never have again.
That’s why it’s so shocking to wait around all these years for someone to pick up the thread and re-release these 3 perfect recordings on LP for the first time…and still be waiting. So, I’m happy to announce, Castle Face is here with a 3xLP remedy. We’ve been working with all the original members of Laddio Bolocko and sifting through to put together this concise LP box set of what is arguably their strongest home studio recorded material. Included here (for the first time on wax) are ‘Strange Warmings of Laddio Bolocko,’ ‘In Real Time,’ and ‘As If By Remote.’