Los Angeles based group Bizou releases new single “Disco”
The west-coast collective is the sum of many parts. Boasting a roster of well-experienced band members, (The Smashing Pumpkins, Veruca Salt, The Cold) Bizou seeks for sonic definition within the ever propelling “Disco.” COLLiDE spoke with Bizou to learn more about the new release as well as what their future looks like as the group gears up for their upcoming full-length release, Tragic Lover, which is set to release on June 4th.
Congrats on the new single! As a listener, I think Disco is a really sonically definitive track for you guys. Can you talk a little bit about how this track came together?
Josiah Mazzaschi: Thank you! We wrote a lot of this album (including Disco) at the beginning of the pandemic. I had set up a four track cassette recorder in my living room and made the basic demo on my couch! We all emailed demo ideas back and forth to create this album.
Bizou is a group of several people who have, at one point or another, been a part of a bunch of different bands. Do you feel like that journey has impacted the way you approach making things for Bizou? Do you feel like an eclectic, experienced background fuels what you make?
JM: I feel like we are a very mature and knowledgeable band! We all have a deep appreciation for 80’s and 90’s goth, shoegaze, punk and new wave. Some of us have achieved more so called “success” playing in bands and we all have been cracking away at this music thing for most of our lives. I think it’s the passion for music that really drives us. Experience definitely helps!
Bizou is still in its infancy and you’re now gearing up for a full-length record release. How has this release cycle differed from the release of your previous EP’s?
JM: This experience has been much different due to Covid. We wrote most of the record while in quarantine and not in person whereas our previous EP’s were written at our practice space together all in the same room. We had our friend John O’Reilly Jr. play drums remotely on all the songs. His company is called boomcrashdrumtracks.com
Perhaps a bit of a broader question here, but what do you want listeners to take away from, not only Disco, but Tragic Lover as well?
JM: For me I’d love for our listeners to be taken back to the late 80’s early 90’s where I think a lot of the best music has been created. It’s a nostalgic feeling for sure! I hope that listeners can hear our own sound mixed in there as well.
Marissa Prietto: It’s hard for me to say what listeners should be taking away from any particular song. I think the connection people make to music is personal, and that’s the best thing about it. I will say I hope people dance to it. I think we wrote a lot of these songs with that in mind.
Bizou has remained pretty active during the COVID pandemic and, for the first time in a long time, we’re starting to see a path towards a post-COVID world. What are some venues that you’re looking forward to getting back into?
MP: My dream venue is probably the Glass House (Pomona) since I grew up going to shows there like it was my job. I would also love Bizou to play a house show.
What does your ideal “first show back” look like?
MP: Honestly I would probably be euphoric in the shittiest possible basement venue with like, a warm case of Tecate for our rider. Maybe that’s sad! I think we just all miss playing live that much.
What else can fans expect from Bizou moving forward?
JM: I am really looking forward to getting back to playing again. I’d love to play Pappy & Harriets or The Lodge. I’ve really been wanting to play Germany with BIZOU someday. I love it there! Also,I would love to play in Lima and Mexico City.
I’m always writing music and would love to develop our next album ASAP. I miss my G.L.O.B.S. (Glorious Ladies of Bizou).
MP: I’m really looking forward to being able to play this record live for people. I’m looking forward to getting to practice again with my bandmates and see how the songs take shape when we’re all together. That’s the most exciting part for me.
Disco is available now and you can pre-order Tragic Lover here.