Two strangers meet in the gutter one rainy evening. The streets of
Brussels - no place to raise a family - are nonetheless drenched with
the creative energy that birthed Benito Band.
From their humble beginnings as a raucous party band, fitting equally
into either a backpack or hatchback, Benito Band, with simple music and
dense lyricism, have shaken asses and taken minds across Europe, playing
over 150 packed and sweaty shows since mid-2008 in Belgium, France,
Spain, Italy, Germany and the UK, as well as in their native Canada.
Founding members Scott Hamilton (Keys, Vox) and Dexter Davies (Drums,
Vox) were joined in 2010 by Icelandic multi-instrumentalist and all
around bag of tricks, Knut Greenfjord (La Fanfare du Belgistan), adding a
new level of saxophone-tuba-harmonica-Theremin madness to the already
difficult-to-describe blend of Lumberjack Ska, Carnival Blues and Power
Folk Vintage which is ascribed to the group. The music is at all times
fresh and feel-good; exhilarating and poignant; dense and inspired.
Influenced by, though barely referencing, contemporary party bands such
as Man Man, the Slackers and progressive video game music acts, Benito
Band are like Bob Dylan and the Band in a jam session with the
Skatalites after a night heavy with Hawaiian girls, old Canned Heat
records and too many fugues. Though other excited comparisons could be
made, the reality is that the group is none of these predecessors but a
fresh breath of crisp northern air blowing through smoky, overcrowded
clubs and raising the voices and spirits of a jaded generation of
concertgoers who scream for more and more and more.
Through their self-produced, cave recordings on the now nearly vanished
‘Two Man Gentleman Band Mini-LP’ (2008), to their first full-length,
independent release ‘Sarsaparilla Jacuzzi’ (2009), to the recently
completed demo: ‘Caterpillar Pantomime’ (2010), Benito Band forges forth
into the musical unknown, packing only a toothbrush and a bottle of
Scott Hamilton Keys, Vocals
David Koczij Drums, Vocals
Tom Manoury Tuba, Saxophone, Harmonica, Fisher Price