Bodega have released new single ‘Thrown‘ ahead of the album Broken Equipment set for release on 11 March via What’s Your Rupture? The accompanying lyric video targets the 21st century’s constant productivity/positivity cycle. ‘Thrown’ has that recognisable driving rhythm that Bodega do so well. Part punk, park art-rock it is angular and sharp with the crystal clear lead vocals of Ben Hozie.
Thematically ‘Thrown’ explores the impact of the numerous inputs we consume and how they shape our values and judgements. Of course this is something we can control but it’s easy to slip into bad habits which are unhealthy for us. Bodega continue to be thought-provoking and totally engaging at the same time. Their dancefloor friendly grooves accompany their food for thought lyrics.
Ben expands on new single ‘Thrown‘:
“‘Thrown’ was an attempt at a self-portrait track. The older I get the less I trust my own thoughts and perceptions of self. I realise most of my values and judgments come from the records, films, books, and advertisements I have consumed my whole life. Recognising this ‘thrown-ness,’ while slightly disturbing, has been a source of inspiration for my creative mind. If the mind can only output what has been presented provide it with the proper input. You can remake yourself entirely at the drop of a (top)hat. The inputs I selected for this lyric: James Joyce and Bob Dylan. The music, to me, is a synthesis of many of the stylistic motifs our group has developed over the past few years: syncopated bass over a slow-shifting sea of guitar harmonics, violent guitar spams with machine influenced but human-played drums; plus male/female vox alternating between spoken text raps and melody.”
The lyric video was directed by Ben and Nik E Iki, who together co-founded Bodega.
Bodega head out on an extensive UK and EU tour with UK dates kicking off on 11th March with a trio of shows at the Prince Albert in Brighton before culminating with three nights at London’s Moth Club from 29th to 31st March. These shows are then followed by dates across Europe in April.
For more information on Bodega please check out their facebook and bandcamp.
Single ‘Thrown‘ is out now and the new album Broken Equipment is set for release 11 March on What’s Your Rupture?