Friday the 13th is unlucky for some, but not for East London/Essex rockers The Bohicas, who have released their self-titled debut four-track EP via Domino Records. The timing couldn’t be more perfect with the band on their way to Australia to for shows at the The Oxford Arts Factory in Sydney and Ding Dong Lounge in Melbourne next week.
To celebrate the release of their debut EP, we asked the band to put together a list of their favourite debut releases from label mates at Domino Records…
Eugene McGuinness – Monsters Under The Bed
This is my big brother’s debut. He’s the man. It was released in the summer I left school in 2007. I was too young and crap to play on it and all my friends went apeshit when it came out. Including myself because nobody we knew from our part of town or our school had any notion of doing something impressive with their lives. Some of my earliest live experiences of playing to actual crowds (instead of playing to bored bar staff and the band on after me) came from touring music from the mini album this was released from. It’s full of hits and Eugene is a juggernaut.
Arctic Monkeys – I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor
I Bet That You Look Good On The Dance Floor came out when we were about 15 or 16. Everybody had already got hold of the downloads quite a while before this video came out but it had zero impact on the storm this song created. It was the first time I noticed kids from all sorts of trends asking each other if they’d heard this tune. Previously if an indie band released a hit, all the indie kids would ask fellow indie kids ‘Have you heard Reptilia?’. This time goths were fist pumping rudeboys.
Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
This tune was everywhere. TV, supermarkets, shopping centres…. I presume all the important places like pubs, clubs and festivals were as well but we were too young for that when this came out. The tune carries an undeniably infectious groove and it is entirely their own. Like all good bands they inspired a whole wave of watered down indie bands who unfortunately were allowed to shine. Albeit for a fortnight. So it’s easy to forget about this tune because it was everywhere for ages and made the music industry release cheap equivalents, but all the greats created the same sort of buzz. Everyone tried sounding like The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Nirvana and The Strokes when they all first came out.
Bill Ryder Jones – He Took You In His Arms
This aint his debut but it’s a gorgeous tune. He released something before this but this is the first of his solo material I heard. I’ve always been a fan of The Coral so it made sense to check this guy out when I found out he went solo and was on Domino. The chords are wonderful and I love hearing an obvious piano in a song which was clearly written on piano. And I love Liverpool and the dead sun magic hour artwork accompanying the album. To me it’s like when The Kinks get all strummy. Love it.
Tricky – Council Estate
I think this is his Domino debut… Doesn’t matter. He’s a beast. Don’t really know this tune to be honest but I’m a massive fan of another release he had on Domino. An album called Mixed Race. UK Jamaican and Murder Weapon are two bangers from it. Now and again I find myself watching interviews of him on YouTube. I saw an interview where he said he didn’t feel at home at Domino. But none of that negativity comes through. He’s a powerful force and from what little I know of his music, I know it makes me feel like a badass.
The Bohicas self-titled four track debut EP today via Domino/EMI.
THE BOHICAS Debut Australian tour dates:
Wed 18 June @ The Oxford Art Factory, Sydney (18+)
with Unity Floors
Moshtix.com.au| Ph: 1300 438 849
Thu 19 June @ Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne (18+)
with Drunk Mums
Oztix.com.au| Ph: 1300 762 545
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