Interview: The Bulletproof Bomb

Having supported Catfish and The Bottlemen and The Vaccines and playing sets to huge crowds at Reading and Leeds festival, The Bulletproof Bomb have probably just had the most important summer of their musical career so far. They're embarking on a tour this month to promote their latest release 'Siege' and they are back at The Bodega for a headline show on Tuesday! We spoke to them ahead of the show about their year so far...


You played here over summer as part of our Hockney Live clubnights. Did you enjoy the show?

Yeah definitely, we had a great time in Nottingham last time and I remember the support acts being quality as well. The people who showed up came in numbers & brought their finest moves so we're hoping for more of the same.

Since then you’ve been busy playing shows for Ibiza Rocks and Croatia Rocks. Best summer ever?

Yeah it's probably up there in my top 20 at the very least, playing those shows was a surreal experience though. We were well interested to see what those places were like as the typical Ibiza scene just isn't our thing, but we were happily surprised by the whole experience, and the Ibiza Rocks guys were all super cool. Plus, there's a photo out there somewhere of Mike in a Dalmatian costume which is worth the trip alone.

What’s the next step for you guys? Can we expect a release anytime soon?

We just announced our new single Siege to come out on September 25th, then we have another larger release sometime shortly after that. Keep your ears open at all times in case it comes out of nowhere and socks you silly.

Finally, Reading looked amazing, how did you find it and was it the best crowed you have ever played too?

Reading was fucking amazing. I'm still floating a bit from it. We got there and were worried as we were the first band on all weekend. We thought that no one would be fucked to see us and we were hoping for at least 50 people to play to at the beginning and we hoped to catch some wanderers too, so when we walked out to a crowd of about 800 it was unbelievable. We opened with Suitcase and it felt great as their excitement and our excitement converged more & more throughout the song and suddenly we were all somewhere else. Probably our best show, yeah.

The Bulletproof Bomb play The Bodega this week on Tuesday 15th September. Support comes from local artists Vanity Box and The Age of Stella. Tickets are available here.

The Dear Hunter Interview

Currently on tour with Manchester Orchestra, The Dear Hunter are embarking on some of their own shows soon including one here at The Bodega! These headline shows are all to promote their latest album which you can pre-order here. We spoke to them about this new album ahead of their show...

The dear hunter

Your new album ‘Act IV: Rebirth in Reprise’ is out early next month. What can we expect from
this one?

We are all so excited for Act IV to get out and into the world! You can expect a lot of the orchestration and musical theatrics that were in the previous acts (and from a band with a singer who has written a symphony…) but with a lot of the stylistic variation and growth of the bands post-Act III releases. Its a really important Act regarding the actual story, and there are some twists and turns that are definitely reflected in the music.

You’re currently doing some shows with Manchester Orchestra. What have those shows been like?

These shows have been a lot of fun for us. The Manchester Orchestra guys are good friends of ours whom we have toured with before, so it just feels like another really fun day at the office.

You’re on tour for a good few months at the minute. Do you ever get any days off and if so, how do you like to spend your time?

We try to make sure we have time for days off, but haven’t had any in Europe that weren’t set aside for longer drives. We truthfully are quite lethargic on our days off and tend to try to head to a movie, or find a great local brewery or guitar shop to visit. It just depends where we are really, but we usually keep it pretty low key. We’re super excited to get our feet on the ground in all of England!

The Dear Hunter will be playing The Bodega this Friday 28th September. Tickets are available here.

Interview: The Mocking Jays

This Friday at The Bodega we are putting on yet another local headline show to celebrate our thriving music scene. This time The Mocking Jays take to our infamous stage! The legends over at Nusic have made it one of their Top 3 gigs of the week (Thanks Nusic!) and to give you a bit more insight about these local chaps we interviewed them ahead of the show.


How long have you guys been together and how did you all

As ‘The Mocking Jays’ we’ve been together for 18 months, but we were playing under several aliases for a year prior to ‘The Mocking Jays’. We are actually all good mates from school, apart from Lewis, who we found at the local Co-op, stacking shelves. When Jacob also got a part time job there the two just ‘hit it off’ and Lewis was invited in to the band….we never looked back since!

Who are your main influences as a band?

As a band our influences stretch far and wide across a spectrum of genres. Jacob likes pop music and artists such as The 1975, Michael Jackson and Drake. Lewis is a Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix lover and takes a lot of influence from blues music. Sam is a big fan of Michael Jackson too, but cites himself as a anything from ABBA to Anthrax sort of guy. Alex loves pop punk and his favourite band is Blink-182 along with the likes of Biffy Clyro and a bit of The Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Put all of that in a big mixing pot and I guess you get The Mocking Jays.

The Nottingham music scene is thriving at the moment, who are some of your favourite local acts?

We’ve seen some incredible artists whilst playing around Nottingham, our fellow ‘Lime Digital Management' mates House of Thieves are one to look out for as well as our good friends The Harmonics. Paper Shop Dave are a tight band too and then there are the likes of Adam Peter Smith, MotorMouth, Lee Tabix and loads more! Too many to mention to be honest. It certainly motivates you to work hard as there is a lot of talent and competition round here!

How are you feeling about playing your own headline show here at The Bodega?

In all honesty we've never even supported here at The Bodega, but we know for a fact it's one of the best venues round Nottingham and to be able to headline our debut show here is incredible! We’ve played The Rescue Rooms & Rock City Basement before and loved it. DHP do a lot of hard work for music in Nottingham and we are going to repay them by putting on a mega show when we get down to The Bodega on Friday!

The Mocking Jays play The Bodega this Friday! Click here to buy tickets.

Bodega on Spotify • Check our playlists...

Hi folks! we’ve been busy at Bodega HQ making our own Spotify account.

Our ‘OFFICE PLAYLIST’ playlist features music from artists that are coming to play here in the coming months so you can check out their music before watching them live.

We also have an ‘BODEGA GIGS PLAYLIST’ so you can have a sneak peek at what songs we’re loving listening to at the moment at Bodega HQ.

Please, follow us to keep up to date with both of these playlists!

Ceremony's Andy Nelson: "It's been a profound joy to finally get to take these songs out"

Ceremony are a band whose music is constantly developing with every album and this development is something that is undeniable in their latest record The L-Shaped Man. The album has been described by the band in interviews as "very personal and a big leap" and this month they are coming to the UK to play the new material live. We spoke to guitarist Andy Nelson ahead of their show here...


Your brilliant new album The L-Shaped Man came out in May. How has your
evolved sound been received?

Ceremony fans have once again shown themselves to be among the smartest, most sophisticated and discerning music fans on earth. It's incredibly validating to be reminded of just how many people have the patience and capacity to appreciate a unique band like ours who have never been easily understood. But just as we have no interest in living in prison, why then (assuming they're just like us) should the people who buy our records?

Before coming to the UK you’ve played a bunch of shows in the US. Did it feel good to be back playing live and playing new material?

Yes! We spent such a long time on this album, and finished it so long ago, that it's been a profound joy to finally get to take these songs out and see what they can do. Songs can be living, breathing creatures, you know, so it's impossible to fully grasp how they'll live on the stage until we actually take them there. Naturally, 'The L-Shaped Man' songs are even more intense and moody, more energetic, more brooding in the live setting. And since we always play songs from our entire catalogue at our shows, whenever we make a new record, we're not unlike a painter whose just gotten ten or eleven new colours on his palette (rather than just more of the same). At this point, our fans know what to expect, and people actually seem stoked on the range of dynamic that the new and old songs have when they're combined. It's bizarre that nowadays, more often than not, people come up to us and ask us to play MORE new songs, but it's certainly encouraging.


We love the album artwork for The L-Shaped Man. Can you tell us a bit more about it?

Our singer Ross has always handled the look of our albums and this one was no different. We actually had two concurrent, and drastically different, ideas going for a while -- one involving this huge, dramatic painting whose artist had inspired some of the record's lyrical content, and the other based around these line drawings Ross had been experimenting with; he even showed them in an art show a few years back, actually. For a bunch of reasons, we ended up ditching the painting. It was gorgeous and evocative, it just didn't feel right for some reason. Ceremony has gotten increasingly into minimalism over the years, so the simple text and line drawing seemed perfect. It took a late night epiphany regarding the colour scheme, after a lot of obsessing, to take it to the next level and become the finished beauty you see now. We're all thrilled with how it came out. It's funny to see so many people posting photos of their vinyl copies on the Internet, saying how beautiful the package is. Can't say I disagree.

You’ve played Nottingham before (Rock City basement in 2012) what do you remember about this city?

For me, touring is a constant blur, and as experiences mount, and my aging brain fails me more and more often, you'll hopefully take no offense when I say I can't remember a fucking thing. I love England, though, and we're all very grateful for any opportunity to return.

Ceremony play The Bodega this Sunday (9th August). Tickets are available here. Let's make their Nottingham experience unforgettable this time.