Los Bitchos’ Serra Petale: “Eddie Van Halen could make me feel just by playing the guitar. That's what we go for”

Serra Petale
(Image credit: Tom Mitchell)

As soon as Serra Petale, guitarist of Cumbia quartet Los Bitchos, dials into our call, it’s clear that gear is going to be fertile territory, with five guitars hanging from her living room wall alone. 

The band is fresh from a string of shows including a very sweaty stop-off in Margate, UK, where Petale admits they even pulled off a photoshoot in the Mezcal joint opposite. 

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Cheri Amour

Cheri Amour is a writer, editor and broadcaster intent on amplifying the voices of women and non-binary artists in print, online and on air. During her twenties, she played lead guitar in a touring two-piece, sharing the stage with The Slits and John Peel-approved punks The Nightingales. Formerly Deputy Editor at TGA Magazine, Cheri headed up its Tech section pouring over pedals with everyone to indie icon Debbie Smith (Echobelly/Curve) to multi-instrumentalist Katie Harkin (Sleater Kinney/Waxahatchee/Wye Oak). She's currently working on an upcoming 33 1/3 book on the unassuming influence of South Bronx sister troupe ESG, out in Spring 2023.