Bodega: Endless Scroll review – riot grrrl rant meets deadpan satire

(What’s Your Rupture?)

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.

Like an LCD Soundsystem that never went clubbing, or a Parquet Courts whose eyebrows arch vertiginously high, this debut finds Bodega veering between satire and indignation. “This machine you know it don’t kill fascists,” sings Ben Hozie on How Did This Happen?! “This machine you know is just a guitar.”

The band’s other singer, Nikki Belfiglio, provides gum-snapping backing vocals and takes the lead on Gyrate, a riot grrrl-ish ramalama about female masturbation. Few songs exceed the three-minute mark, and throughout, the band pepper the gaps between songs with digital-era apercus on computer-voice simulators, such as: “I use my computer for everything. Heaven knows I’m miserable now.” You could quote them all day. “Have I heard the latest single by so-and-so?” sneers Hozie on Name Escape, about that guy whose name you can’t remember, and information overload. “No I have not my son, and I don’t wanna know.”

Bodega: Can’t Knock the Hustle – video

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