Los Bitchos are throwing a fiesta around the world on “Let the Festivities Begin!” : NPR

London psychedelic rock band Los Bitchos describe how they created a tribute to actor Lindsay Lohan with a song on their debut album, “Let the Festivities Begin!”



SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

The music of Los Bitchos is like a big party.

(SOUNDBITE OF LOS BITCHOS “TRIPPING AT A PARTY”)

SIMON: And once you’ve met everyone at the party, there’s a crazy story to hear.

SERRA PETALE: My name is Serra Petale. I am from Perth, Western Australia. And I play guitar in Los Bitchos.

NIC CRAWSHAW: My name is Nic. I’m from England, Surrey. And I play the drums.

JOSEFINE JONSSON: And my name is Josefine Jonsson, and I’m from Norrkoping in Sweden. And I play bass.

SIMON: Their first album – “Let The Festivities Begin!” – came out this weekend.

(SOUNDBITE OF LOS BITCHOS “TRIPPING AT A PARTY”)

CRAWSHAW: It’s really nice to release such a happy and lively album in Windsor, UK because it feels like what people need right now after the last two years. And it’s like, yeah, why not? Have a margarita, and, yeah, have a dance.

(SOUNDBITE OF LOS BITCHOS “TRIPPING AT A PARTY”)

SIMON: The all-instrumental record varies in sound and influences from scenes from a Turkish bazaar, Latin American cumbia and a Greek resort.

JONSSON: Serra and our keytar and keyboardist Agustina – you were obsessed with Lindsay Lohan for a while.

PETALE: Always are.

JONSSON: And they did all of us – everyone in the van had to watch the Mykonos Beach Club reality show. And you made Agustina watch some, like “Liz & Dick,” right?

PETALE: Well, yeah, it was that comeback movie that she did, which was, like, the Elizabeth Taylor biopic…

JONSSON: (Laughs).

PETALE: …And Richard Burton. We all love Lindsay Lohan.

JONSSON: Yeah.

PETALE: I mean, she’s one of our favorites…

CRAWSHAW: Big fans.

PETALE: …Yes – actresses, and we respect her. And we are so happy that she is doing very well now. And so we just decided to do a song that chronicles his life since, you know, starting presenting. So, you know, it starts out soft and, you know, a little tame because, obviously, a child actress. She’s in “The Parent Trap” and so on.

(SOUND EXTRACTION OF “LINDSAY GOES TO MYKONOS” BY LOS BITCHOS)

PETALE: And then, you know, it really starts to kick in when she moved in – I think she moved into, like, the Four Seasons Hotel and, like, she was away from home. And then the Hollywood lifestyle began.

JONSSON: “Mean girls.”

PETALE: “Mean Girls” – very good.

JONSSON: A big step in there – in the song.

PETAL: Yeah. A real turning point.

(SOUND EXTRACTION OF “LINDSAY GOES TO MYKONOS” BY LOS BITCHOS)

CRAWSHAW: What about the part where, for example, there are cymbal crashes and stabs? Does – that kind of means, like, transition, I guess. Maybe it’s adolescence coming, in the fast lane.

(SOUND EXTRACTION OF “LINDSAY GOES TO MYKONOS” BY LOS BITCHOS)

CRAWSHAW: And then it starts with this, like – this snare drum pattern – (beatboxing). And it’s like this treadmill that you can’t get off. And everything happens and things jump left, right and center. The paparazzi are probably after her. God knows what.

(SOUND EXTRACTION OF “LINDSAY GOES TO MYKONOS” BY LOS BITCHOS)

PETALE: I feel like this track is so wild. There’s so many bits that intertwine in it, it’s like – these pow, pow, pow sections, the stabs, this kind of runaway train. And then it’s heading into sunset, I think, at the very end of that. And you have this bass that plugs in all the time. It’s out of control.

(SOUND EXTRACTION OF “LINDSAY GOES TO MYKONOS” BY LOS BITCHOS)

PETALE: We’ve all been there. No judgement.

CRAWSHAW: Oh, we’ve all been there. God.

PETALE: It’s so random. It’s so crazy. And I think that’s exactly what we wanted to embody for Lindsay. We did it for her.

(SOUND EXTRACTION OF “LINDSAY GOES TO MYKONOS” BY LOS BITCHOS)

JONSSON: We’re just really, really big fans of Lindsay Lohan, so it’s fun to have her as an inspiration for a track. We just dream of meeting her one day. We keep adding her to our guest list for shows, and we hope that she – one day she will get up and join us for the festivities.

(SOUND EXTRACTION OF LOS BITCHOS’ “CHANGE OF HEART”)

SIMON: But will they leave a ticket for BJ Leiderman, who does our theme music? It’s Josefine Jonsson, Serra Petale and Nic Crawshaw from Los Bitchos. Their new album – “Let The Festivities Begin”.

(SOUND EXTRACTION OF LOS BITCHOS’ “CHANGE OF HEART”)

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