With an abrasive dance-punk sound that conjures up the tougher side of LCD Soundsystem or the B-52s if they were mad about stuff instead of giddy, Bodega want to get people thinking while they dance, and their debut album from 2018, Endless Scroll, is a heady mix of deep thoughts and jumpy rhythms.
The art-damaged Brooklyn band was formed when guitarist/vocalist Ben Hozie and vocalist Nikki Belfiglio's previous group, Bodega Bay, downsized its name and changed its lineup. That band had started in 2013; released Our Brand Could Be Your Life, an album recorded on the internal mike in GarageBand, in 2015; then split the next year. When they relaunched as Bodega, Hozie and Belfiglio kept much of that group's spiky post-punk energy and snarky anti-consumerist attitude and built a new lineup that featured guitarist Madison Velding-Vandam, bassist Heather Elle, and drummer Montana Simone. They began playing shows around the city and elsewhere, opening for Protomartyr and La Luz, among others.
With a batch of songs ready -- some written mere weeks earlier as the Bodega Bay lineup was ending -- the band headed off to record its debut album. With Austin Brown of Parquet Courts working the dials on the Tascam 388 tape machine his band used to record its classic Light Up Gold, the collection of shouty and melodic post-post-punk tunes came together, and Endless Scroll was released by What's Yr Rupture? in July of 2018. As the album hit record store shelves, Bodega were touring the U.S. as headliners for the first time. ~ Tim Sendra, Rovi