If you had to describe your style in a sentence, what would you say?
A hypnotic mix of chaotic and anxious post-punk, with elements of pretty dream pop.

What do you think is the overriding influence on your songwriting: other art, emotions, current affairs – or a mixture of all of these?
When initially jamming the beginnings of a song, we don’t consciously focus on our influences, we just go with what feels right to us. Once we have finished the basis of a song, that’s when we start to realise the different influences and where we got certain parts from. We’re always sub-consciously ripping people off.

Have you always wanted to create music? How did you get into it?
We’ve all always been heavily into music and have grown up around it. Especially as we’ve gotten older, we’ve all really wanted to make/perform it. Charlie (drums) and Alex (bass) were in a covers band when they were 11-12 that lasted until they were 16-17. After that, they carried on jamming together until they asked Lee (guitar) to join during Sixth Form. Evie (vocals) joined after Charlie posted in a local jam night page looking for a singer.

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Can you pinpoint a live gig or a piece of music that initially inspired you?
Lee: When I saw Radiohead, I realised that this is all I wanted to do with my life. Finding those first two Weezer albums was also a pretty massive moment for me. I still listen to them all the time now.
Charlie: As I grew up, I was surrounded by music from my dad. This meant that Queen were a huge inspiration to me when I was a kid. Once I became a teenager, I was going to lots of different gigs and festivals. These really cemented that music was what I wanted to pursue.
Alex: Growing up in a household full of chart music, I finally found something I truly loved when I discovered my mum’s Bowie CDs.
Evie: Blur were definitely a gateway band for me. They really opened the doors for me in terms of listening to as many different bands as I could.

"Music enhances any feeling you could possibly have, whether that’s good or bad." Flamingo House

Can you recommend an artist, band or album that Bido Lito! readers might not have heard?
It would definitely have to be Deathcrash. Their music is moody, yet fragile and is something that has really resonated with us. We found Ric James, the producer of our debut EP through them, which we’ll always be grateful for.

Why is music important to you?
Music is something that is always there and can help you no matter how you’re feeling. It is also something for people to bond over. When you’re performing music, it’s an escape for you and is a way you can let any emotion you want out. We’ve met so many mad people through music who we simply wouldn’t have if it wasn’t there. Music enhances any feeling you could possibly have, whether that’s good or bad.


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