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“Shiny New Model,” from NYC band Bodega’s new EP of the same name, folds in quiet meditations on the sterility of late-capitalist innovations and the complicated realities of the gig economy. “Tell me don’t you relate to the state of that silver sepulchre?” frontman Ben Hozie asks in relation to ATMs. “Tell me don’t you feel used? Buttons pressed in the back of a bodega.” He’s singing over a pirouetting guitar line and an intimate bass groove. It’s not quite glam, not quite grunge, but just the right combination of both.

The mini album Shiny New Model covers various thematic ground: history alive in the present, the sadness of modern consumption, adultery via sexting, and a song set inside an actual bodega (Shiny New Model). In addition to the breezy hook-filled songs, the vinyl and CD feature an extended improvised version of the group’s staple track Truth Is Not Punishment.The band has been using this song as a vehicle for live improvisation for a year and decided to use a day of the session to experiment with capturing the song’s new, extended boundaries in the studio.

From the upcoming EP “Shiny New Model” out on What’s Your Rupture? Oct 11th.

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Brooklyn art-rock five-piece Bodega are well aware of their city’s storied underground rock traditions, but rather than pilfering that sound, they decided to add something fresh to the city’s lineage. Their debut album “Endless Scroll” was produced by Parquet Courts’ Austin Brown, and it features an experimental, fluid sound that decries technology addiction, gentrification and the mind-boggling “pizzacore” scene while mythologizing Titanic’s Jack Dawson and celebrating female masturbation. Taking cues from Gang of Four and the B-52’s, co-lead vocalists Ben Hozie and Nikki Belfiglio possess an infectious art-punk spirit and spit out droll lines left and right while guitarist Madison Velding-VanDam plays like a chugging, post-punk version of Wilko Johnson. Throughout the album’s 14 tracks, you’re met with blaring and sharp instrumentals paired with laugh-out-loud observational quips (“Your playlist knows you better than a closest lover”) that fit the common gripes of 2018 like a glove.

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it’s itchy, scratchy perfect pop that makes you want to sing along..even without knowing the words. Bodega’s debut album was “Endless Scroll” a collective dialogue with the machine and the public. Ping-ponging vocals are set to Ben’s deconstructed guitar, Nikki’s samples of old and new technology, the driving minimalism of standing drummer Montana Simone (IDIO Gallery), the angular spasms of lead guitar Madison Velding-Vandam (The Wants) and the tight, hypnotic bass lines of Heather Elle (Please No Radio).

This NYC art-punk/new wave group is one of the most interesting new bands I’ve heard in 2018. At times I’m reminded of The B-52’s, Pylon, X, Cake and Lithics. They are an exciting live band too:

That image-heavy universe which Bodega operate in is essential to their make-up. They talk of their on-stage light boxes as “the sixth member of Bodega, while their sound – equal parts Matrix-esque futurism (they all walk on stage later this evening clad head-to-toe in black and copious amounts of leather and PVC), and dusty, New York-indebted post-punk – occupies the kind of stylistic realm that art students dribble over.

“I think we were all really excited about a kind of rock minimalism,” says Ben, “which can mean a lot of different things. For example, not having cymbals in the drum set, or doing anything frilly in the guitar parts; not repeating parts or lyrics, just in and out.”

It’s easily picked up on ‘Endless Scroll’, and its brittle, brilliant lead single ‘How Did This Happen?’, a track that’s all sharp angles and cutting pontifications on consumerism – “This machine? You know it don’t kill fascists? / This machine, it’s just a guitar,” Ben quips at one point. He calls that stark approach to music-making their “sonic mission statement”, while also referring separately to an ethical one.

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The first moment of Endless Scroll’s winkingly-titled second track, “Bodega Birth,” states the album’s thesis: “I use my computer for everything / Heaven knows I’m miserable now.” In both its content and its monotone delivery, the line addresses the ways our technological access leads to a kind of internal deadening. “Bookmarks” is even more direct: “All day at work / Stare at computer/ Come home from work / Stare at computer,” drilling down on the banality of constant access. It’s not all screens, though: On opener “How Did This Happen?!,” Bodega A lament how technology has led to political complacency and “slacktivism”; “Can’t Knock The Hustle,” with its quips about nine-dollar smoothies and hourly salaries—and a sardonic chorus that goes, “You can’t knock the hustle / When the cats are making capital”—is an anti-capitalist anthem that socialist organizations could adopt as their fight song.

Such straightforward lyricism demands music that’s equally unflashy, and Bodega’s simple, wiry arrangements rise to the occasion. The songs are built from little more than slightly overdriven guitars, simple, driving drums, and Belfiglio and Hozie’s yelped vocals. Just as Bodega’s lyrics plainly and boldly analyze our current state, so too are the songs striking in their direct, yet incisive, arrangements.

Band Members
Ben Hozie
Nikki Belfiglio
Montana Simone
Heather Elle
Madison Velding-VanDam

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‘the best critique is self-critique’ is the mantra of Brooklyn art rock unit Bodega.

With wild minimalism and sharp wit, Bodega revitalize the rock and roll vocabulary under the influence of post punk, contemporary pop, hip-hop, kraut rock, and folk-derived narrative songwriting. Bodega’s debut lp ‘Endless Scroll’ is a collective dialogue with the machine and the public. ping-ponging vocals are set to Ben’s deconstructed guitar, Nikki’s samples of old and new technology, the driving minimalism of standing drummer Montana Simone (idio gallery), the angular spasms of lead guitar Madison Velding-Vandam (the wants) and the tight, hypnotic bass lines of Heather Elle (please no radio). “Endless Scroll” was recorded and produced by Austin Brown (parquet courts) on the same tascam 388 tape machine used for their lp “light up gold”. it was mixed and mastered by jonathan schenke (eaters) at dr. wu’s. the lp’s fourteen songs offer a high-energy, humorous but earnest thirty-four minutes.

Bodega‘s debut album is a masterpiece. Produced by by Parquet Courts’ Austin Brown, it’s rhythmic post punk with a splash of wry wit and tunes to die for. For fans of Parquet Courts, The Fall and Wire. Available on Rough Trade Exclusive clear vinyl with download and bonus CD.

Band Members
Ben Hozie,
Nikki Belfiglio,
Montana Simone,
Heather Elle,
Madison Velding-VanDam,

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Bodega’s debut single “How Did This Happen” is packed with driving guitars and droll lyricism. After appearing at SXSW in Austin this March and supporting Franz Ferdinand in the U.S., they’re set to release their debut LP, Endless Scroll, via What’s Your Rupture. (The album was produced by Parquet Courts’ Austin Brown.) The quintet’s experimental, fluid sound includes a bit of everything from post-punk and pop to hip-hop and krautrock.

Brooklyn’s finest release their fantastic debut album. With wild minimalism and sharp wit, they revitalize the rock and roll vocabulary under the influence of post punk, contemporary pop, hip-hop, kraut rock, and folk-derived narrative songwriting. it’s itchy, scratchy perfect pop that makes you want to sing along..even without knowing the words. Bodega’s debut LP Endless Scroll is a collective dialogue with the machine and the public. Ping-ponging vocals are set to Ben’s deconstructed guitar, Nikki’s samples of old and new technology, the driving minimalism of standing drummer Montana Simone (IDIO Gallery), the angular spasms of lead guitar Madison Velding-Vandam (The Wants) and the tight, hypnotic bass lines of Heather Elle (Please No Radio). The LP’s fourteen songs offer a high-energy, humorous but earnest thirty-four minutes. For fans of Parquet Courts, The Fall and Wire.

Band Members
Ben Hozie,
Nikki Belfiglio,
Montana Simone,
Heather Elle,
Madison Velding-VanDam,

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Canadian newcomers Heat’s debut EP flourishes with touches of Jesus & Mary Chain giddiness, with the whole thing underpinned by singer Susil Sharma’s weird, baritone vocals. He sounds a little like Lou Reed, which is perfectly fine with us.
The band will be headlining co supporting Spring King through May in the UK

07/05/15 – Sebright Arms, London, UK
10/05/15 – Belgrave, Leeds, UK *
11/05/15 – Start The Bus, Bristol, UK *
12/05/15 – Bodega, Nottingham, UK *
13/05/15 – Bungalows and Bears, Sheffield, UK *
16/05/15 – The Great Escape Festival, Brighton, UK
17/05/15 – London Calling Festival, AMSTERDAM, NL

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making his TV debut on the Letterman Show the powerhouse band of Benjamin Booker, from New Orleans Benjamin and his band play flat out Rock N Blues, check out his session on Spotify. Ps Watch The Drummer….

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Bird from Liverpool, their album is available now “My Fear And Me” tales of gothic beauty,

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for fans of Vampire Weekend psych pop band BEATY HEARTS British trio with a complete sense of fun through their lyrics, melodies and their visual performances check out other songs from this infectious band

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BIRD a quartet from Liverpool and a track from their forthcoming debut album “MY FEAR AND ME” a tribal drum beat a pulsating tambourine and bass chimming guitars and lyrical imagery ………….Bird will be at the Bodega 10th June