Thursday, March 31, 2011

School Night

Song: School Night
Artist: Bodega Girls
Album: Et Tu, Bootay?

I recently discovered the Boston-based band Bodega Girls, who have a kitchen-sink approach to music, a mix of musical styles, and a wicked sense of humor.

The trio are all Bostonians that came from other bands, hearing about each other long before they actually met.  On their Facebook page they describe themselves as "Morris Day & The Time meets Echo & The Bunnymen."  And as far as influences, they site; The Clash, Marvin Gaye, Prince, Michael Jackson, Jenny Lewis, Kurtis Blow, Rick James and Lionel Ritchie, amongst others.  Obviously, they are a bunch of jokesters.

The band just released a four track E.P. which you can find here.  Each song is radically different, and yet they certainly have something special going on... I was immediately taken with them, and these four tracks have me quite excited for a full length debut.

The E.P. opens with the moody groove of "She's Into Black Guys" which REALLY grows on you the more you listen to it... and lyrically is as interesting as it is attention grabbing.  Next comes the arena-ready sing-a-long that is "School Night."  This is one huge track that rides a distorted guitar line through some "woo-ho's" into a huge chorus that will have you chanting along by songs end.  Twice now I have caught myself singing along to this with headphones on while commuting to work.  I love it.  Next comes the disco rock of "Ain't That Cold" that also has a soulful tinge to it... I hear a bit of The Walkman, and maybe a little Rolling Stones.  There's a lot going on in this track... and I can't quite name all the influences.  And yet... what you're left with is just a killer song.  The album ends with "Operator," a slow jam of sorts that again brings the soul, distortion, and even some strings... it's crazy, and totally effective.

I think we're about to hear a lot about the Bodega Girls, keep an ear out.


School Night

She's Into Black Guys

Ain't That Cold

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