New York’s BODEGA Electrified Brussels With Their Riffs Charged Punk Chants…

BODEGA – Botanique Venue, Brussels – 12 February 2019

As I said before on repeat New York‘s dazzling hit-and-kick quintet BODEGA is one of
the most thrilling new bands around. They spit and sneer sharper and hookier than
their wide awake jingle jangle mentors Parquet Courts, they resonate like if Talking Heads and Tom Verlaine’s Television were rattling punks rather than exploring new wavers and they clatter as contagious as those British early 80s outsiders Delta 5 once did. Bodega‘s debut longplayer Endless Scroll, released last July, ended up as one of the best three albums of 2018 in Turn Up The Volume‘s list. A rollicking, astonishing record.

Yesterday in Brussels the New Yorkers did exactly what I expected. They turned up the heat, the audience’s adrenalin and their own uninterrupted vitality for a full hour. Nikki Belfiglio, one of the two vocalists, stole the show visually. In the middle of the stage, she hit one cymbal relentlessly with her rhythm stick while shouting and clamoring and dancing graciously all around the podium in between. Guitarist and main singer Ben Hozie is the electrical riff generator whose biting vocals cut like a Swiss knife and who turned ‘Truth
Is Not A Punishment
‘ (the 2.49 min closing track of the album) into an almost 10 minutes trance like psychedelic jam with some terrifically frenzied help from second guitarist Madison Velding-Vandam . Quite surprising as most of their songs balance around the
2-minute mark, but it worked perfectly. They played a couple of new ones that fitted in smoothly but they got everybody going ballistic with yell along crowd-pleasers ‘Name Escape’, ‘Gyrate’, How Did This Happen’ and ‘I’m Not A Cinephile‘. Wham Bam! Electrifying performance! if you never heard of this motherrockers here’s an idea of their live vibrancy…

BODEGA: Facebook


The riff generator


Thank you, Brussels

Stream ENDLESS SCROLL here…


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(concert pics by Turn Up The Volume!)

ALL STAR ALBUMS TEAM – Turn Up The Volume’s 11 KNOCKOUT LP’s of 2018…

2018 – Another dazzling year for longplayers!
Here’s Turn Up The Volume’s All Star Team
Here are the 11 chosen ones – Let’s roll…

1. ‘Laurent’ by IT IT ANITA (Luik, Belgium)
This is a spellbinding mix of vintage IIAA primal screams and new sound structures that match the band’s clamorous intensity terrifically. An ideal challenge for your speakers…

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2. ‘Joy As An Act Of Resistance’ by IDLES
This hammering punk tour de force, dealing with the political vileness that fucks up our planet and other daily shit that causes human pain, is a massive work of turbulent joy.

Listen…


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3. ‘Endless Scroll by BODEGA (New York NY, US)
Rip-roaring jingle jangle firepower with echoes of former British post-punks Au Pairs, early punky Talking Heads and their wide awake mentors Parquet Courts. A hip-shaking score!

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4. ‘Songs Of Praise’ by SHAME (South London)
These hungry South London wolves hit you straight in the face with tumultuous knockout punk anthems and wall-breaking eruptions of youthful frustrations. Concrete debut!

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5. ‘Expert By Virtue Thereof’ by TUBELIGHT (Belgium)
Like The Fall playing in tune with a singer who can actually sing which results in an electrical melting pot of rousing spit & sneer missiles and some puzzling escapades.

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6. ‘Dove’ by BELLY (Boston, US)
A comeback in grand style with fetching guitar pop splendour, captivating stories and most of all a series of supreme tunes causing a heartwarming glow you can wallow yourself in.

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7. ‘Insecure Men’ by INSECURE MEN (UK)
Fat White Family‘s Saul Adamczewski and Childhood‘s Ben Romans-Hopcraft surrounded themselves with a whole orchestra for this wondrous, sepia-colored retro pop beauty.

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8. ‘Black City’ by RICH GIRLS (New York, NY, US)
This is a comforting companion for moony moments. Once you’ve heard singer/songwriter Luisa Black‘s voice you’ll never forget her vulnerable and passionate timbre. Spine-tingling.

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9. MIEN‘ by MIEN (US/UK/Canada)
Like-minded spirits of different psych bands finding each other in a colorful adventure.
A rad record full of mind-stimulating explorations and richly orchestrated odysseys.

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10. ‘Megamix’ by RUMOURS (Belgium)
A magnificent and magnetizing longplayer of transcendent soundscapes ranging from grand symphonies to mighty bass-loaded-synths drones with a chilling vox in the middle.

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11. ‘Egypt Station’ by PAUL MCCARTNEY (Liverpool, UK)
And when the noise is over Macca comes in and tells you about his life on his best LP (as
if I know all of them!) in ages, full of melancholic and melodic pop humdingers. Lovely!

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Best New Band Of The Year BODEGA Plays Live For KEXP RADIO In SEATTLE…

Ecstatic live performances

18 October 2018

If said it before and I will repeat it again and again. New York‘s vibrant hit-and-kick quintet BODEGA is, without a shadow of a doubt, the most exciting, new band of 2018. They spit and sneer sharper and hookier than their jingle jangle mentors Parquet Courts, they sound like if Talking Heads and Tom Verlaine’s Television were punks rather than new wavers and they rattle as cutting as those British outsiders Delta 5 once did. Their debut
album ENDLESS SCROLL is a crackling ripper and you can watch them here playing four songs of that standout record in the KEXP radio studio in SEATTLE last August.

BODEGA: Facebook


Stream the ENDLESS SCROLL album – one of the best LPs of the year – right here

(photo on top: TUTV!)

Five New MUST-HEAR Longplayers Selected By TURN UP THE VOLUME!…

New longplayers that will have an impact on your ears and your speakers…

1/ ‘Endless Scroll’ by BODEGA (Brooklyn, New York, US)
These spiritual sons and daughters of jingle jangle junks Parquet Courts spit and sneer sharper, rougher and hookier than their older mentors do right now. They sound like if Talking Heads and Tom Verlaine’s Television were punks rather than new wavers. Long live young bands! Long live uncompromised debut albums! Long live shout and scream funk!

Stream/purchase here


Also available via iTunes

2/ ‘Night Swimming’ by DENTIST (Asbury Park, New Jersey, US)
Dentist is a DIY indie trio from the oceanfront urban landscape of Asbury Park in New Jersey. ‘Night Swimming’ is their third and definitely best LP (so far). An avalanche of amplified pop firecrackers. Electrifying strokes, from flaming earworms to romantic meditations with Emily Bornemann ‘s striking voice in the middle of the overall flamboyant guitar injected performances. The summer isn’t over yet. And here’s is its surfy and swinging soundtrack.

Stream/purchase here


Also available via iTunes

3/ ‘Tiiime’ by AH GOD (Portland, Oregon, US)
On first hearing I taught this LP was made by and for straitjacket patients. After two spins I was totally sure this LP was made by and for straitjacket patients. What you get is a mental melting pot of mind-twisting DIY distortion, stoner hullabaloo and brain-cracking havoc. Perfect sonic survival noise! And so much cheaper than those money-greedy psychiatrists.

Stream/purchase here


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4/ ‘Jessica’s Brother’ by JESSICA’S BROTHER (London, UK)
The self-titled debut album by this London trio, led by singer/songwriter Tom Charleston is an overall triumph. Mixed emotions wrapped in alt Americana like song structures. From amplified balladry (Humdinger) to ramshackle rock (Overnight Horror). Passionate intensity for heart & soul reminding me of Neil Young‘s pitch-black masterpiece ‘Tonight’s The Night‘.

Stream/purchase here


Also available via iTunes

5/ ‘Shivelight’ by MISHAPED PEARLS (London, UK)
I just discovered this highly compelling folk/roots/world-music album, released last
May, only a couple of days ago. What an impressive find! Different moods, different
colors, different sonic visions and different spiritual voices. From poppy to psychedelic.
From elevating to reflective. From adventurous Kate Bush moments to chill out Broken
Social Scene
sentiments. A truly captivating record with several shiny pearls. Arresting!

Stream here

Available via Bandcamp