24 May 2018

Bonnacons of Doom feature in Bido Lito

If you live in the Liverpool area, make sure you pick up a copy of Bido Lito to read an exclusive feature on Bonnacons of Doom.

The feature reads:

The earliest documented description of a bonnacon comes from the first century AD, in Pliny the Elder’s early encyclopedia Naturalis Historia. In the entry, the Roman naturalist describes the beast as a wild animal known as a ‘bonasus’, “which has the mane of a horse, but in all other respects resembles a bull; its horns are curved back in such a manner as to be of no use for fighting, and it is said that because of this it saves itself by running away, meanwhile emitting a trail of dung that sometimes covers a distance of as much as three furlongs, contact with which scorches pursuers like a sort of fire.” The idea of a horned beast emitting plumes of burning faeces gained popularity in medieval times when bonnacons came to be listed more regularly in ‘bestiaries’, their mythical status embraced as an apocryphal tale to warn city dwellers of the perils of unknown beasts roaming the fields.

There’s very little similarity between this depiction of a legendary creature and the masked and cloaked collective BONNACONS OF DOOM: you can hardly term their musical output as acidic dung, nor do any of them have horns. But there is a shared air of mystery around both entities, as though you’re not quite sure where the myth begins or ends. Trying to unpick the truth from the legend is futile and is an unnecessary diversion when it comes to enjoying the white-knuckle ride that is a Bonnacons happening...

Read the rest here: Bido Lito