“Shiny New Model”
Brooklyn-based BODEGA announces their new EP, “Shiny New Model,” out October 11th on What’s Your Rupture. Today, they share the title track, a buzzy, art-punk song that is set in an actual bodega, and an accompanying video. The video was directed by Brian Ngai and stars the band themselves. Following Endless Scroll, their “debut full of danceable, pop-smooth punk” (The AV Club), the “Shiny New Model” EP marks a lush new sonic direction for the group - widescreen multi-tracked guitars and a giant sounding rhythm section complement sharp songwriting and yearning vocal melodies. With wild minimalism and laughing wit, they revitalize the rock and roll vocabulary under the influence of post punk, hip-hop, kraut rock, and folk-derived narrative songwriting.
Last winter, Ben Hozie (conductor, vocals, guitar), Nikki Belfiglio (art director, vocals, samples, hi hat), Heather Elle (bass), Madison Velding Vandam (lead guitar, producer), and the new addition of Tai Lee (stand-up percussionist) headed up to Power Station in Connecticut to record. The EP is the band’s first recording done with Tai Lee, its first session at a proper studio, and the first BODEGA release produced within the group (production was handled by Vandam).
The EP covers various thematic ground: history alive in the present, the sadness of modern consumption, and adultery via sexting. In addition to the EP’s breezy hook-filled songs, the LP’s B-side features an extended improvised version of the group’s staple track “Truth is not Punishment” (an abbreviated “radio edit” of this track will be available on streaming services). The band has been using this song as a vehicle for extended live improvisation for a year and decided to use a day of the EP’s session to experiment with it in the studio.
BODEGA will tour across Europe before returning to the states later this year. They’ll appear at the O+ Festival in New York, Toronto’s Adelaide Hall, Brooklyn’s Elsewhere, and Philadelphia’s Kung Fu Necktie. All dates can be found below.
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BODEGA Tour Dates:
Thu. Aug. 15 - Powys, UK @ Green Man Festival
Sat. Aug. 17 - Biddinghuizen, NL @ Lowlands Festival
Sun. Aug. 18 - Hasselt, BE @ Pukkelpop Festival
Mon. Aug. 19 - Luxembourg, LU @ Rotondes
Tue. Aug. 20 - Lausanne, CH @ Les Docks
Thu. Aug. 22 - Nijmegen, NL @ Merleyn
Fri. Aug. 23 - Charleville Mezières, FR @ Cabaret Vert Festival
Sat. Aug. 24 - Gueret, FR @ Festival Check In Party
Tue. Aug. 27 - Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2
Wed. Aug. 28 - Birmingham, UK @ Hare and Hounds
Thu. Aug. 29 - Bedford, UK @ Esquires
Fri. Aug. 30 - Salisbury, UK @ End of the Road Festival
Sun. Sept. 1 - Stradbally, IE @ Electric Picnic
Fri. Oct. 11 - Kingston, NY @ O+ Festival
Wed. Oct. 23 - Boston, MA @ Once (w/ Starcrawler)
Sat. Oct. 26 - Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle (w/ Starcrawler)
Sun. Oct. 27 - Washington, DC @ Pie Shop (w/ Starcrawler)
Mon. Oct. 28 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe (w/ Starcrawler)
Fri. Nov. 1 - Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5 (w/ Starcrawler)
Sat. Nov. 2 @ New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa (w/ Starcrawler)
Tue. Nov. 5 - Austin, TX @ Barracuda (Inside) (w/ Starcrawler)
Fri. Nov. 8 - Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar (w/ Starcrawler)
Sat. Nov. 9 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre (w/ Starcrawler)
Mon. Dec. 2 - Toronto, ON @ Adelaide Hall
Tue. Dec. 3 - Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere
Thu. Dec. 5 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie