FRIDAY, JULY 24, 2015|
Posted by: CJ Harvey
Edgy British rockers are spreading their sound from Essex to the rest of the world, with eager assistance from fellow musicians and artists along the way. With sharp, angular guitar riffs and a healthy dose of blues licks, the Bohicas come off as the (highly Baeble approved) unholy love child of the Arctic Monkeys and the Black Keys. Their new record, The Making Of, comes out at the end of August, and The Bohicas' Dominic McGuinness couldn't be more enthusiastic about it.
The music video for XXX & Swarm is an eerie anxiety stocked short story that really creates a distinct, trippy atmosphere, especially when paired with those two songs. I really like how it creates a rather surrealistic representation of heartbreak. Was this video related to any real life heartbreak/events that happened to any of you?
Dominic McGuinness: Ha. Perhaps unconsciously. Maybe a therapist in 10 years time will unravel all sorts of inner anguish that I can't recognize at present. The video was inspired by that pulpy/graphic/splatty imagery that we love to see in Tarantino films. We're massive fans of his work and he always manages to create these immovable stark images in his movies that don't shift from my memory. In Kill Bill 2 when Uma Thurman's minging foot squashes Daryl Hannah's last eyeball. In Inglourious Basterds he sets a cinema full of Nazis on fire. When Jamie Foxx turns up in Django Unchained dressed as Thomas Gainsborough's Blue Boy. All very iconic, funny and threatening. Three qualities I find important in rock music as well.
As for heartbreak and all that stuff... All the lyrics focus on some sort of love because at the moment, that's the only thing I think is worth singing about. It just so happens those song's lyrics focus on loss and frustration and that lends itself well to aggressive imagery in a music video. Don't worry, there is some sunshine in the rest of the album. Not all doom and gloom.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I did a little research and I read Bohica refers to a military acronym?
DM: Yeah it is, but it's also used in the work place. It can be used anywhere to express some sort of warning that the same old shit is about to happen again. I think it's funny to apply that to a new rock band who are entering a world full of rock bands.
A lot of your stuff reminds me of a grittier sounding Strokes mixed with a splash of flair from labelmates Arctic Monkeys and the psychedelic-punk of Jeff the Brotherhood. Who can you site as your biggest influences?
DM: The Strokes and Arctic Monkeys were definitely big influences on us when we were starting out. For me it was mostly American bands like early Kings of Leon, White Stripes, B.R.M.C, QOTSA that had the biggest impact. There's no denying some British bands had a big impact on us too like The Libertines and Mystery Jets. But we were those kids in school that guiltlessly liked our parent's taste in music too. So The Beatles, Chuck Berry, The Kinks, Jimi Hendrix, Lou Reed, Ray Charles, and all those Tamla and R&B compilations were just as important.
By the way, I have never heard of Jeff the Brotherhood. I'll have to check him/them out.
You guys were recently with directors Will Lovelace and Dylan Southern, the duo that comprise thirtytwo productions. What was it like being on tour with them and constantly being documented?
DM: Not as strange or as intimidating as it would have been if we were with directors we didn't know. We've been friends with them for a long time because they have done loads of music videos for my brother Eugene McGuinness and at some point or another, everyone in The Bohicas has played with Eugene. Will and Dylan are immensely talented and very good friends of ours. We've always wanted to work together on something but our calendars never synched up until January. There was no confusion about what was being created. We were doing a mini tour of Essex and they were going to document it as candidly as possible. We have similar tastes and the same sense of humour so we knew we were in good hands and that they would represent both the band and themselves excellently. It was a lot of fun and any opportunity we have to work with them we will take with both hands.