GIG REVIEW: BODEGA at Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

By Carron Stacey, A Humdrum Mum

WHEN?: Sunday 13 March 2022

Regressive Left, supporting act, were a hard one to follow but on the stage fell BODEGA.

  • Read on for reasons including how you could be watching and hearing B52s

Our side front view afforded the spectacle that is described mostly as a New York punk-band: another fantastic female drummer (read my review of Regressive Left for details, but my own drumming career was cut short by a sexist teacher not allowing me to wear trousers to practice) albeit a standing drummer with no bass drum and huge sticks the wrong way around; a slick lead rockabilly-styled guitarist with all the posing moves you need (you can’t take your eyes off his quiff) and stylish vocalist/percussionist/sampler with white sunglasses you also can’t take your eyes off.

If you squint, you could almost be watching (at times hearing) B52s – huge Schneider vibes from our quiffed guitarist – with a guest spot from Black Francis.

I tasted a performance almost as slick as The Hives paired with an edginess (but not dreaminess) of Dandy Warhols, intermixed with guitars teetering between just pure rock’n’roll and Chic-disco.

They played the hits and a whole lot more, but BODEGA is a band that is more than their recordings on an album.

Live, the energy emanating from the prancing standing drummer, fused with the wall of guitar, and coupled with sharp, sassy dual vocals and one-liners, you are both engaged and enthralled all night.

It’s all an act but it’s one along with which you are so desperate to tread the boards.

  • Read more from Carron at her blog A Humdrum Mum
  • Main picture courtesy Bodega via Facebook. Tickets 
  • In article picture by by Carron Stacey. Have you heard any of these songs or seen any of these shows? Let us know what you thought in the comments below
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