Concert Review + Photos: The Bohicas and Bitter Strings @ The Bodega – Nottingham

The Bohicas
For a band still in their early stages ‘The Bohicas’ have shaken the rafters with their energetic punk infused rock belters. Their name an acronym for ‘Bend Over Here It Comes Again’ , scuzzy guitar riffs and thrashing drumbeats have led the four piece to be one of the more recent bands to create a buzz around punk rock, doing so with only a few tracks. With a fair amount of expectation for a band so new it’s hard to imagine they could pull off a stellar performance so easily, yet at The Bodega in Nottingham they certainly gave it their best shot.

Taking to the boxy venue local talent ‘Bitter Strings’ warmed up the crowd nicely, rattling through a greasy set showing off some stylish soul infused songs. The suited four piece were a pleasant surprise turning up to the venue and are definitely worth another listen.

However It was soon time for the arrival of The Bohicas, who were received by a busy crowd for one of the smaller venues across the city. Slipping into “Where you at?” early on, the band grappled with the audience and threw themselves around stage for as much as the small space on offer would allow it. Simple guitar strums and a catchy repetitive chorus was screamed across the room injecting some much needed life into the crowd which had remained pretty static since their arrival.

“To Die For” created the biggest stir of the night, clearly a crowd favourite weaving guitar melodies and with some of the more high pitch singing showcased by the band, an already noisy chorus was amplified as the audience shouted “Just to die for” back towards the stage. Trickles of guitar riffs were layered throughout the song and built up towards a screeching solo which kicked in directly after the chorus testing the amps in the room, and the eardrums of anyone stood dangerously close to them.

Abrupt bursts of deafening guitar screeches and throaty bass riffs, were relentless throughout the bands set and “Swarm” offered no respite. A mesh of sound ruptured once more and this time at its loudest and most vicious. Heavily distorted rapid guitar riffs combined with gritty vocals filled the room as the band gave there all to what can only be described as the most ferocious song at their fingertips. Leaving the crowd, the band left The Bodega stage having proven themselves a force to be reckoned with.

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Review and Photos by Jacob Flannery |

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