In July of 2018, Lionel Doe set out to record what was to be a simple, acoustic, singer-songwriter EP. He had been exploring more deep-seeded roots music for years whilst playing in a couple local rock and roll bands, and finally took the opportunity to give life to song ideas that had been fermenting in his consciousness. The project was to be gritty and beautiful, and thus called “So Dirty the Flamingos”. At the same time, Lionel’s bandmate, bassist Adam Drury embarked on transforming the basement of his family home into a fully functioning recording studio and rehearsal space. Adam and Lionel have galvanized a friendship over 5 years while playing together in The Better Lates, an all original indie/alt country band from South Etobicoke. They then enlisted Devin Jannetta, a workhorse drummer involved in seven original bands at the time, and Scott Dunn, a Hammond organist with a long history of musical collaborations all over Toronto. And finally, Ciara Logar was asked to join as the backing vocalist to add to what was to be a signature sound. So Dirty the Flamingos was born, and at the same time, Sodipop Studio was record ready. Throughout the years hard work, ingenuity and a lot of funds have been put into making Sodipop Studios a fully functional recording and rehearsal space that So Dirty the Flamingos calls home.
As the songs went to tape, Doe was inspired by the largesse of the sound that was being captured. The arrangements changed and grew, other musicians were brought in, and in the end, the So Dirty the Flamingos debut EP was a full-fledged Americana sonic boon, complete with pedal steel guitar (Steve Crosgrey), cello, (Mark Wang), a children’s choir, and cowboy gang vocals. The six song album was sent to Vancouver to be mixed and mastered by Paul Shatto (B.C. Country Music Association’s Producer of the year, 2011). It was at this time it was decided to release on vinyl format, as the material lent itself to it.
So Dirty the Flamingos is an original band based in Etobicoke, Ontario. Veteran songwriters and musicians have sequestered themselves to basements and dark rooms for years and are now cranking out Americana based, alt-country original tunes that come straight from the heart. On the debut album, the band displays its worth in its songs. Real musicians and real lives lived. The band is actively creating and recording new songs, and performing live at various events and venues throughout Toronto. The set list is very much alive.