Named after the corner shops that feed New York, Bodega were one of the toasts of last spring’s SXSW music festival, and rightly so. Wedding ramshackle rant-punk to deadpan, slackerish tunes is a positively Jurassic move for a new band. But this five-piece nail the absurdity of contemporary life with that surprisingly evergreen formula. Their debut album, Endless Scroll is a diatribe against both consumerism and technology– the hold that both have taken on society, and how people can’t seem to escape them, despite them resulting in what the band considers to be injustices.
1.How Did This Happen?! (3:00) Oft-kilter and rambunctious punk rock.
2.Bodega Birth (1:50) Bass line androll of drums carry the song along like the endless scroll.
3.Name Escape (3:43) Slightly funky amusing take on celebrity obsession and information overload.
4.Boxes For the Move (2:48) Wickedly moody and downtrodden.
5.I Am Not A Cinephile (0:49) Short punchy punk rock.
6.Can't Knock The Hustle (1:43) Repetitive stop-start guitar riff, is pure Elastica.
7.Gyrate (1:37) Post punk explain the pleasures and sensations of female masturbation.
8.Jack In Titanic (3:04) A softcore punk cut with a catchy guitar line.
9.Margot (1:32) Jaunty guitar line introduces taunting vocals with with a hysterical falsetto.
10.Bookmarks (2:25) Groovy and rollicking.
11.Warhol (1:30) A diss track to the Philosophy of Andy Warhol.
12.Charlie (2:32) Gentle folkiness shows a strong nostalgic streak over a friend lost too soon.
13.Williamsburg Bridge (3:57) A touch of Velvet Underground and Lou Reed.
14.Truth Is Not Punishment (2:49) Bouncing, rapid fire bow It’s political personal and fun.