The five members of the band Bodega standing on the beach looking at the camera
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NEWS: BODEGA share new video for ‘How Can I Help Ya?’ and announce autumn UK tour dates

Brooklyn band BODEGA do not hang around.  Currently, in the final throws of their current UK and EU tour, they have today announced another UK tour in the autumn.  No complaints of course from their UK fans who are delighted to see the band back on this side of the pond.  Tickets go on sale on Friday 29 April.

Bodega UK autumn Tour Dates:

Oct 23rd | Hebden Bridge, UK – The Trades Club
Oct 24th | Edinburgh, UK – Summerhall Arts Venue
Oct 25th | York, UK – The Crescent
Oct 27th | Guildford, UK – The Boilerroom
Oct 28th | Bedford, UK – Esquires
Oct 29th | Salford, UK – The White Hotel
Oct 30th | Blackpool, UK – Blackpool Central Library (Matinee)
Nov 1st | Norwich, UK – Epic Studios
Nov 2nd | London, UK – Islington Assembly Hall
Nov 5th | Southampton, UK – The Loft
Nov 6th | Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms

BODEGA have also released a new video for the recent single ‘How Can I Help Ya?‘.  It is comprised of snippets from the current UK and EU tour and demonstrates just how good this band are live.  Ben Hozie (vocals, guitar) expands on the song itself, stating:

“‘How Can I Help Ya?’ was the last track I wrote for the album after all the other tracks had been recorded.  I felt like the cinema of the record was missing a certain kind of scene: one where I could give myself and the broken world the benefit of the doubt.  We have it start the b-side of the vinyl which is very different than the a-side. The wonder wounded conscious-troubled protagonist of ‘Thrown’ now seeks to voice grace instead of analysis and condemnation.  The band matches this new tone with playful, early Beatles-inspired power pop.  When we worked out the arrangement, Tai and Adam’s groove and Dan Ryan’s riffs came together almost as quickly as the lyrics.  The same is often as true of a song as of living: when you try hard you die hard.”

BODEGA formed in 2016 with Ben and Nikki Belfiglio who had previously played together in the band BODEGA BAY.  The creative duo double as filmmakers and earned acclaim for their 2020 erotic drama PVT Chat starring Peter Vack and Julia Fox.  When the pandemic forced them to hit pause, they used the opportunity to regroup with drummer/performance artist Tai Lee, bassist/philosophy professor Adam See, and lead guitarist Dan Ryan.

Their second album Broken Equipment is out now and was produced by Ben with Bobby Lewis, BODEGA’s NYC live sound mixer.  Singles from the album, including ‘How Can I Help Ya?’, ‘Doers’, ‘Thrown’, ‘Statuette on the Console’ and ‘Pillar on the Bridge of You’ have gained multiple 6Music playlists as well as support across BBC Radio 1 and Apple Music.  Broken Equipment is available to order here.

For more information on Bodega please check out their facebook and instagram.

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