WASTED PIDO ONE MAN BAND
Wasted Pido from Venice (Italy) plays dirty rock n roll, lo-fi country blues, sometimes using cheesy drum machines, but mostly in the good old one man band style. From the electro rockabilly of his beginnings, Wasted Pido music gradually shifted to a primitive “jump” blues, supported by a minimal fingerpicking style and a weird country songwriting. Punk – blues? yeah, probably.
Since 2005, he played hundreds of concerts in Europe, USA, Asia and South America, sharing stages with artists as Bob Log III, Blood Shot Bill, King Automatic, Reverend Beatman, The Amazing One Man Band, Trash Colapso, The Fabolous Go Go Boy From Alabama, Extreme Blues Dog, Thee Mysterious Asthmatic Avenger and countless other garage and punk bands. In 15-years of activity he builded a strong friendship and artistic collaboration with many other one man bands, more notably with O Lendario Chucrobillyman, Sheriff Perkins and Gipsy Rufina.
The story so far…
After his band John Woo broke up around 2005, he recorded on a 4tracks tape machine in the home of his friend Sgt. Scarone his first session, that is released as Wasted Pido/8aven Split CD-R by 8mm Records.
In 2006 he records another session on the same 4tracks, a couple of songs published on “Sick of Being Sick” Compilation LP by Primitive Records and “Killed By Trash” Compilation by Ptrash Records. In June of the same year he organize and plays at the “First International Monobanda Contest” in Mestre, with Johnny Gentlehand, Venus Fly Trap Girl, Mr. Occhio, Sheriff Perkins, King Automatic and others. In august he records a dozen of songs with Woolter (Kelvin, MacinaDischi) in his garage, released as as mp3 download on Dj Ignoranza website. From 2006 to 2008 he tours Italy and Europe carrying around an Eko Ritmo20 drum machine.
In 2009 Wasted Pido starts to play a real drum kit and travel Italy on the “Cowpunx From Hell Tour” with Sheriff Perkins. He filmed the tour that later edited as a movie: “Cowpunx From Hell”. The movie was screened in various film festivals (Dorf, Circuito Off, CinemaZero…) and won one award in a peripheral sort movie competition. Shortly after, Wasted Pido collaborate with designer Elena Xausa in the making of the now legendary “Cowpunx Goes Giudecca” party and CD compilation featuring the then-growing Venice one man band scene (The Tease Cavern, Anthony Wild Turkey, Loose Dog, with guests Sheriff Perkins from Paris and Number 71 from Napoli). Around that time Wasted Pido record one song at the Outside Inside Studio for the “One Foot in the Grave” Compilation CD by Kizmiaz Records. Constantly playing shows around the region, and booking one man band shows in every hole he would find in Venice.
In 2012 he jumps to Switzerland to record “The B-Low Budget Session” with Benu (The Come ’N Go, Stompin’ Hobos), later self-released as 7’’ on his short lived label 94tapes.org. In December he’s touring Europe with Sheriff Perkins through France, Switzerland, Austria, Croatia, Hungary.
In 2013 he’s touring Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay and record in the Caffeine Studio in São Paulo with Luis Tissot (The Fabulous Go Go Boy From Alabama, Human Trash, Jesus and the Groupies, The Dirty Rats, Chicken Snake…). It will be released as a split tape with Trash Colapso, one man band from Argentina, on Scrap Metal Dealer / Rotten Babuino Entertainment. In the meantime he tours through southern Brazil with Gipsy Rufina and O Lendario Chucrobillyman. At the “Mississippi Delta Blues Festival” in Caxias Do Sul (RS), he meet blues guitarist Renato Velho who introduced him to the basics of fingerpicking guitar. During that tour he recorded the “Mariscal Sessions”, 2 days of improvisation with O Lendario Churobillyman and Gipsy Rufina in Mariscal, on the coast of Santa Caterina state. Back in Venice, the Mariscal Sessions are published by Rotten Babuino as a Cassette with a Fanzine with illustrations by Il Lama. In the meantime he records on his 4-tracks at home “Wild Tapes and Rotten Demos” (pressed in 100 CD copies by Rotten Babuino with artwork by Gabriele Longega) and then he tours again around Europe. In 2014 he’s in the compilation “Monobanda Mash Vo. 2” on Dead Elvis’s label Monster Mash Records, and then he’s on the road again in Brazil and Europe with O Lendario Chucrobillyman as “Rodoviaria Cowboys”.
In November 2014 he starts to record in his home studio with the production of Gabriele Boi (The Rippers, Mojomatics). In the mean time record with the Mysterious Asthmatic Avenger & Sheriff Perkins “Cowpunx Mixtape Vol.1” (Rotten Babuino 2015) and plays with ’em at his grandma’s birthday party. In March 2016 he’s touring Italy with The Amazing One Man Band from Uruguay. In June 2016 “Homesick Songs” is finally mixed by Max Stirner in Ferrara. In September he’s touring again Brazil with Thee Dirty Rats and O Lendario Chucrobillyman. In Sao Paulo he records two songs at the Caffeine Studio with the production of Luis Tissot. Based on this material, “Homesick Songs” is out in March 2017 as a tape co released by Fat Boys Don’t Cry / Rotten Babuino and a 7’’ co-released by Dead Music and Rotten Babuino with artwork by Yaprak Kirdok. Followed a 19-gigs tour in Italy, Germany and Switzerland with Sheriff Perkins and The Fabulous Go Go Boy from Alabama in March and April 2017. In December 2017 he’s touring north Italy with drunk steel guitar loser Vinnie Crowley, he recorded the shows on a mono tape recorder and in March it was released as a split tape for his label Rotten Babuino. In the summer of 2018 he’s on a 28 gigs tour in Italy and Spain with flamenca trash genius Nestter Donuts. Later that year he’s recording in the Gibigiana gallery in Venice some weird steam-punk concept music played with scrap metal intruments made by artist Mirko Donati, still to be released. In February & March 2019 he’s in New Orleans and Memphis playing some shows with his pal from Brasil, New Orleans immigrant, Pawn Of The Jungle. In November and December 2019 he’s touring Vietnam & Japan playing at We’re Loud Festival in Saigon and supporting The Monsters and The Cavemen in Tokyo. When he’s at home in Venice, Wasted Pido work as freelance videomaker, randomly but constantly booking shows for bands and one man bands and playing more or less regularly as one man band and DJ downtown and around Italy/Europe. He also plays guitar in the black surf punk band Destory All Gondolas (since 2012). Recently he joined the line up of blues-punk heroes of Lucera, the Barsexuals. He’s currently editing his first full-lenght LP at Colosso Room Studio produced by his old time friends Walter and Anna from Kelvin/MacinaDischi.