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Live from the Los Bitchos album launch party Let The Festivities Begin band

Los Bitchos… live from the album launch party

An visceral cocktail of surf guitar, punk energy and psychedelic world music, Let The Festivities Begin! is the debut album from London-based Los Bitchos. After finding an affinity with Rotosound strings, the girls invited us down to celebrate a special performance at the official launch party.

Make no mistake, this party is for grown ups

The band rip through the set with Petale melting faces with her fierce solos

Los Bitchos…
Let The Festivities Begin!

Descending into the basement of central London’s The Social is like stepping into Willy Wonka’s birthday party with balloons, streamer, and bunting everywhere you look. But make no mistake, this party is for grown ups; the tequila is flowing, the music is blasting, and everyone looks ready to dance all night.

While the barman is shaking our margarita, we bump into Rotosound player Alex Kapranos. The Franz Ferdinand frontman produced Let The Festivities Begin! and also features in the music video for their single Good To Go.

Los Bitchos Let The Festivities Begin. Serra Petale and Alex Kapranos Franz Ferdinand
Alex Kapranos with Los Bitchos guitarist, Serra Petale
Los Bitchos Serra Petale guitar and drum kit on stage. Eastwood Ichiban K2L Italia guitars

Guitars at the ready

Margaritas in hand, we head to the front of the crowd and take a closer look at lead guitarist Serra Petale’s guitars; a retro-futuristic Eastwood Ichiban K2L and an incredibly cool Italia Maranello Speedster that Petale uses over the course of the evening.

Both guitars are strung with Rotosound British Steels, with 10-46 being her preferred gauge.

Serra Petale Los Bitchos guitarist with bassist Josefine Jonsson live at The Social London February 2022. © Rotosound all rights reserved.

Los Bitchos Live

With the audiences itching to rock, the band emerges from behind a huge green curtain emblazoned with their logo and hit the stage. After some welcoming words, the band kick into the Turkish-esque FFS where the rocky-steady bass of Josefine Jonsson compels the audience into a vibrant pulse. Jonsson uses Rotosound Swing Bass 66, opting for the nickel coated variety in our standard/light gauge.

Los Bitchos is a female-driven vehicle (Agustina Ruiz on keys and Nic Crawshaw on drums make up the four piece) but the stage is also shared by touring guitarist Charles Prest who covers rhythm guitar duties.

Los Bitchos Josefin Jonsson on bass guitar. Let The Festivities Begin! Rotosound Swing Bass 66
Charles Prest Noon Garden guitarist Los Bitchos Flamingods Rotosound guitar strings

Good to Go!

The band rip through the set with Petale melting faces with her fierce solos and Jonsson holding a steady foundation of bass and oozing cool. The album gets played through and we get treated to a surprise rendition of Tequila to cap it all off.

Let The Festivities Begin! is out now on City Slang and can be streamed on all major platforms

Serra Petale Los Bitchos guitarist with bassist Josefine Jonsson

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