Our interview with ALL WE ARE in issue 109 is the latest in a long line of meet-ups between Bido Lito! and the scouse-bound international trio. The band began life as a unit not long after Bido Lito! established itself in the Liverpool music cosmos. Since then our paths have happily crossed numerous times as we’ve seen the Domino Records artists’ star ascend. Here we chart the relationship between Bido Lito! and All We Are over the years.
Firmly part of a nascent scene, Jack Whiteley’s Obscenic project captured All We Are in their early days performing single Cardhouse in the idiosyncratic surrounds of Peter Kavanaghs pub with producer Joe Wills recording the sound. It’s a different sound but the tangible excitement of band going places is there to witness in beautifully realised session.
Fresh faced and decidedly ‘folk’, the first Bido Lito! feature on All We are appeared in issue 21 later the same year, 2012. The aforementioned scene, coalescing around the much-missed Kazimier, is touched upon with mentions of contemporaries Stealing Sheep, Dan Croll, Jonas Alaska and Kankouran in Chris Chadwick profile.
“We don’t see ourselves as a folk band”. The first indications of a band unwilling to sit still came across sound after in this 2013 interview with the band. All We are sat down with Phil Gwyn ahead of the fabulous Utmost Good single which preceded the self titled debut Domino Records LP.
It was only natural that we dropped in on the trio as part of Bido Lito!’s landmark 50th issue in 2014 and it’s clear from Joshua Nevett’s piece that by this point All We Are had staked their claim as leaders in a movement which is still bearing fruit today.
As with the latest feature, Stealing Sheep’s Rebecca Hawley was on photography duty for this 2015 interview with Bido Lito!’s Christopher Torpey. This issue 52 feature coincided with the release of the “psychedelic boogie” that was All We Are.
Fast forward to 2017 and All We Are were invited to celebrate the 25 year anniversary of storied recording institution Parr Street Studios. This collaboration with a.P.A.t.T is a golden time capsule demonstrating two creative powerhouses in an important Liverpool landmark.
In the same year, the excellent record Sunny Hills was released. Issue 80 of Bido Lito! found Rich, Guro and Luis enjoying a trip across the Mersey, truly at home in their adopted city and a band comfortable in their own skin.
We’re looking forward to seeing what the future brings for both Bido Lito! and All We Are.