Brooklyn art rock band BODEGA loves Wire and The Fall and all things post-punk -- it seems to be written into their DNA as a band. This overt affection doesn't limit them, however, but shapes their overall approach to their work. They also incorporate aspects of modern pop, kraut rock and folk into this heady blend of virulent sentiment and wiry theatricality. They also favor a heavy anti-consumerism ideology that finds barbed resolution in their songs. They're punks with a social conscience, and they use their music as means to enlighten and infuriate.
Built around the combined experiences of singer-guitarist Ben Hozie, singer Nikki Belfiglio, drummer Montana Simone, bassist Heather Allison and guitarist Madison Velding-VanDam, the band was born from the ashes of prankster rock collective Bodega Bay, a group which used music and public stunts as a way of addressing the reality of being human in a digital present. In their current iteration, the band dishes out angular post-punk sounds while eviscerating the idea of unchecked consumer consumption.
The band will release their self-titled debut record this summer via What's Your Rupture?. It was produced by Parquet Courts singer-guitarist Austin Brown and recorded on the same Tascam 388 tape machine that was used for Parquet Courts' record "Light Up Gold." Mixing and mastering was handled by Jonathan Schenke at Dr. Wu’s.
On their latest single, "How Did This Happen!?," the band channels the spirits of their punk ancestors and creates an ode to self-realization and personal responsibility. The serrated guitars clang like rusted gates while the bassline stretches out for miles. They combine a catchy chorus with lyrics that reference Woody Guthrie and lay bare the hypocritical nature of society in just over 3 minutes. That's a lot to take in, but they make this blur of complex ideas and spiky sounds feel natural and spontaneous.
Check out upcoming tour dates and the band's interactive 360-video for the song below.
03.10 – Union Pool, Brooklyn, NY w/Mind Spiders
03.13-17 – SXSW, Austin, TX
03.24 – Baby's All Right, Brooklyn, NY w/High Waisted
04.07 – Alphaville, Brooklyn, NY
05.15 – The Social, London, UK
05.16 – The Lock Tavern, London, UK
05.17 – The Great Escape, Brighton, UK
05.19 – The Brudenell Social Club (Gold Sounds Festival), Leeds, UK