Bodega are set to release new mini-album 'Shiny New Model' on October 11th.
The New York band's debut album 'Endless Scroll' was an addictive art-rock listen, sparking a year of solid touring.
Heading into the studio, Bodega re-assembled at the Power Station in Connecticut to record seven new tracks earlier this year.
Out on October 11th, 'Shiny New Model' finds Bodega working with new drummer Tai Lee, with Madison Velding-VanDam handling production.
The band's Ben Hozie offers some insight into the new songs:
"The mini LP Shiny New Model marks a series of firsts for us: it is our first recording with our new drummer Tai Lee, our first session at a proper studio (Power Station in CT), and the first BODEGA disc produced within the group - production was handled by lead guitarist Madison Velding-VanDam. Pushing to be protean we bought a highlighter to different shades of our tastes : more traditionally melodious tune-smithing and bigger sounding sonics —> we even used a kick drum for the first time (although it was still standing on its side). As well as some studio improvising (unusual microphone placement, etc.) - we also experimented with improvising in studio (the vinyl and CD will end with an extended ten-minute version of our song ’Truth is Not Punishment.’)"
"For the disc’s words I was thinking of two of my favourite motifs —> history alive in the present and the conundrum of the contemporary consumer. There is no way to repay the born-with debts of our plastic paradise —> every purchase at the local bodega is at somebody else’s expense. The only solution I see is to historicize - not just to understand what influences my thoughts and potential thinking but to project the best self onto the stage for future audiences' view —> history involves not only musing on what the past was but imagining what the past will have been."
The title track is online now, a barbed, addictive piece of art-work - the video was co-directed by Brian Ngai and Nikki Belfiglio, and you can check it out below.
Catch Bodega at the following shows:
27 Brighton Concorde 2
28 Birmingham Hare And Hounds
29 Bedford Esquires
30 Salisbury End Of The Road Festival
Photo Credit: Kirsten Kay Thoen
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