April 6, 2015
You mean to tell me you don’t like gypsy punk? Well screw you, cause this week’s featured band is The Late Saints.
Jacopo de Nicola, leader of the self-styled “Italian gypsy folk” The Late Saints, was born in Italy and originally trained as a bass player. He performed in a variety of bands ranging from a goth act to a twelve-piece traditional Italian orchestra and a techno-jazz trio. In 2003, he began writing original music and it quickly became his main focus. Now guitarist and trademark kazoo player… Yes, I said kazoo player. In 2005, during a studio sessions in Torino, Jacopo de Nicola was handed a kazoo as a substitute for a trumpet player he did not have the budget to hire. It was love at first sight, or sound, and they’ve been together ever since.
Founded at the beginning of 2013, The Late Saints immediately received an overwhelmingly positive response establishing their sound as one of the freshest bands amongst the Philadelphia music scene. “The Late Saints have become something different,” Nicola says. “It’s a folk-rock because we like to take it different directions. It’s very much in grass roots nature since we had a cello for a little while. But it’s gotten a little more aggressive. But I feel like I’ve finally found my core.”
Heavily influenced by the musical stylings of Gogol Bordello, Manu Chao, Lucio Battisti, Devotchka and Franco Battiato, this gypsy trio is known for their entertaining high-energy performances, mishmash of English and Italian lyrics and, of course, kazoo lines.
Join The Late Saints, This Way to the Egress, and Zap Goes Pop Friday April 10th at Connie’s Ric Rac for Gypsy Night! Don’t forget to tune in all this week to hear The Late Saints in heavy rotation. Catch a track at the beginning of every Gashouse Live (weeknights 6pm ET), and if you like what you hear please share your opinion by using the thumbs up/down buttons. Check out the below links for more info and free streaming!