Album Review: The Bohicas – The Making Of

The Making Of

the-bohicas-the-making-ofReleased 21st August 2015

Words: Gary Lambert

The Bohicas are a four piece from East London releasing their debut album, The Making Of, at the same time as another four piece from London release a long awaited third album. The comparisons die there though because The Bohicas’ version of indie rock is out on the street in the sunshine rather than hiding in the dirty backstreet in the shadows.

I Do It For Your Love is both strange and brilliant song to start debut album with. My opening thought is a weird combination but it made me think of a rock band being inspired and influenced by Duran Duran and Mansun. The structure of the song is very much in the stadium rock field, but the style is very late nineties indie in terms of the vocal and electro pop in terms of every other sound in the tune. Whilst slightly baffling, it is definitely the kind of track which makes your hearing heightened wondering what is coming next.

Keeping the same heady cocktail of rock, electro and indie we get to ripper of a track, To Die For. Fast, confident and with enough pop hooks throughout that it should be on indie discos across the land – as long as the disco isn’t stuck in the trap of only playing songs people know all the words to. If you want to dance rather than have a group karaoke then ask the DJ to put this on.

 

Following up is the very Manchester sounding Only You. Disappointingly not a cover of The Flying Pickets, but instead a much more summery sounding piece compared to the previous songs. This is much closer to pop music with hints of The New Radicals and a keyboard riff which sounds suspiciously lifted from Take That’s Could It Be Magic. This is only an interlude as Girlfriend cranks up the electroshock therapy again. This is definitely a mid-afternoon mosh pit song. Simple lyrics can be great at times, but when you are using choruses like “I remember why you’re my girlfriend, my girlfriend, my girlfriend” it is stepping very close to The Osmonds’ songwriting.

The title track of the album starts with Dominic McGuinness singing over a simple bassline. The minimalism of this introduction allows the quality in Dominic’s singing voice to shine on through and propel this song to the zenith of the album. Straight up after this is the indie rock obviousness of Where You At. It might be obvious but that doesn’t mean it isn’t good. It is an in your face, snarling sneerer of a track slightly lessened by what sounds like a kazoo solo which adds a dash of foolishness to a song that doesn’t deserve it.

The second of a hat trick of less than three minutes long songs, XXX, is thankfully not a paean to the Vin Diesel / Ice Cube films but a pretty cool song about being dumped by a girl and on her note she signed it XXX. Admittedly the kazoo noise returns for a little taunting of me towards the end of the track, but this is fun and simple. Completing the triumvirate was earlier release Swarm. This is a full on rocker of a tune made for sweaty rooms and enthusiastic crowds. Even listening to it has the pulse racing.

Red Raw is a Bond theme in tone and lyric “the answer to my prayers is in my crosshairs”. And strongly reminiscent of the fantastic BRMC like so much of this album – except with slightly more sunshine than black leather. The penultimate track on this corker of a debut album is Upside Down And Inside Out and in continues the signature indie-pop-rock theme perfectly with a song that contains moments suitable for Download, T4 on the beach and Reading all mixed together. This could easily have sounded uncertain and jumbled, instead though I get the impression of a band who know exactly how they want to sound right now. The difficulty will come in whatever lies next as almost certainly The Bohicas will need to choose a pathway.

Anyway, we will leave that there for now as we are up to the final, and longest, track on the album, Somehow You Know What I Mean. Don’t worry, this is a bombastic finale but the guys haven’t got the string section or horns out. Instead we are treated, and I do mean treated, to an elongated version of everything that has gone before. Singalongs, guitar solos, sweaty mosh pit sections, pop vocals all mixed together for The Great British Rock Off.

I would encourage anybody to give The Bohicas a whirl because you will find the right circumstance to enjoy this record unless you are looking to dislike it – and even then you will have a hard job. Is this album going to be the making of The Bohicas? Who knows, but it has been made and it is here so that is enough I guess for now. Bravo lads!

Watch the video for Swarm here:

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