Laddio Bolocko were a late ’90s New York noise band that included members of Panicsville and the Dazzling Killmen. Often compared to Can and This Heat and known for their jaw-dropping gigs, the band released two albums – 1997 Laddio Bolocko’s strange warm-ups and 1998 In real time — and the 1999 As if by remote control EP before calling it quits in 2001. Guitarist Drew St. Ivany and bassist Ben Armstrong went on to form The Psychic Paramount, while drummer Blake Fleming joined The Mars Volta.
Castleface, the label co-managed by Oh Sees’ John Dwyer, is reissuing these three Laddio Bolocko records as a set of three LPs, Laddio Bolocko – ’97-’99, May 20. This is the first time one of them has been released on vinyl. Pre-order it here.
We have the premiere of “Nurser,” a groovy 10-minute maelstrom of Weird warnings. You can listen to that, read Dwyer’s recollection of seeing Laddio Bolocko in San Francisco, and watch live footage from the band below.
“The following story might be bullshit (drug use and memory enhancement)
Years ago I was sitting at home staring into the distance and the phone on the wall rang (that should tell you how long it was). On the other end of the line 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 were having that night and was calling people to invite them. Apparently the night before a band called Laddio Bolocko had played and was so fascinating, so loud that they offered them the following night, which was open. I was intrigued because no group had ever justified this invitation before to my knowledge. It was new and exciting territory.
They stretched my ass and my ears that night. Hot, pounding, deep waters washed over me as I stood with a beer in my hand and my mouth hanging open. My memory may be embellished, but I remember a sax as big as me, drums physically hanging from a wire, and twin electric strings winding sinister sprites above my head in circular patterns toward me. ‘outside. Aggressive and distant fractals burned in my brain. I had never seen anything like this group, and I never saw one again.
That’s why it’s so shocking to wait 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 waiting. So, I’m happy to report that Castle Face is here with a 3xLP cure. We’ve worked with all of the original members of Laddio Bolocko and sifted through to assemble this concise box set LP 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”
Features former members of Dazzling Killmen, Panicsville, the Psychic Paramount, and Mars Volta. For fans of Can, This Heat, The Residents, improvisation (really they are hard to compare, they are so unique in sound)” – John Dwyer
List of tracks:
1. Goat lips
2. Call me Jesus
4. The Man Who Never Was
6. Y Toros Pt. 1
7. Y Toros Pt. 2
8. As if by remote control
9. A warm annoyance
11. The End
12. A temporary state of well-being
13. Beatrice the Coyote
14. Laddio’s Money
15. Wallkill Creek Survival
16. The Going Gong
17. Finding Bolocko (Digital Exclusive)