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Bodega City Is Taken

Bodega return with new single, "City Is Taken"

21 February 2024, 14:03 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

New York's Bodega have returned with "City Is Taken", which is taken from their upcoming third album, Our Brand Could Be Yr Life.

Nikki Belfiglio, joint lead vocalist of BODEGA, and the lead on "City Is Taken", discussed the themes behind their new single, revealing: "'City Is Taken' a song about my experience of moving to NYC in 2010. I came to view myself and my artistic role models as a force of gentrification caught in the invisible web on profiteering that follows artists wherever they go. My visual presence became an unwitting symbol of destruction; the antithesis of everything I sought to create."

"City Is Taken" also features a music video directed by Luca Balser that features Ben and Nikki performing the track throughout a nocturnal NYC in front of defunct venues from the city’s storied musical past alongside the commercial banks and chain restaurants of today. The video works as a study of personal geography and archeology, unearthing the band's NY story up to now.

"It starts in front of what was Goodbye Blue Monday, where I played my first show in the city way back in 2009," explains Ben Hozie. "The camera frames key DIY spots in Bodega’s history such as Party Expo, Palisades (where the release party for the original ‘Our Brand Could Be Your Life’ happened in 2015), Silent Barn II, Sunnyvale (where the 'Endless Scroll' release party was…) Shea Stadium, Death by Audio, 285 Kent, Glasslands, Monster Island, Aviv, and Cake Shop plus some classic punk spots from before our time such as Mercer Arts Center, Palladium, Tier 3, Mudd Club, and Max’s Kansas City - the track references Patti Smith’s recent dictum that young NYC artists should ‘pack (their) bags and move to Detroit’."

Our Brand Could Be Yr Life, is a full ‘remake’ of Hozie and Belfiglio’s old band BODEGA BAY’s sole LP which was a self-released 33 track album from 2015, and follows on from Bodega's second studio album, Broken Equipment, which was released in 2022.

Our Brand Could Be Yr Life is set for release on 12 April via Chrysalis Records, and is available to pre-order now.

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