Interview: Danko Jones

Canadian rock 'n roller Danko Jones is back on UK turf to promote his latest record Fire Music. He's stopping off here at The Bodega so we caught up with him before the show...


You’re heading over to the UK for the first part of your Europe tour (and of course you’re going to be playing at our venue). What do you guys like the most about coming to the

UK crowds have always been great for us. They usually know the music and the music references we use so it makes for a great back and forth. Sometimes, when we play other places, certain attendees come to the show because they liked a certain song or album but UK audiences have a wide breadth of knowledge they bring to the show.

Your new album came out earlier this year and you did a few live shows to promote it. How did it feel playing the new songs out?

A few? We’ve done a solid 7 months of touring. The new songs are sounding great live and we’re throwing more new songs off FIRE MUSIC, our new album, into our live show than previous albums.

On top of playing in the band, you have a load of other projects going (podcasts, spoken word etc). Is this how you like to relax away from the band?

Yes, it most definitely is a way to relax and unwind. Other people like to go hiking, watch television and bird watch, I like doing podcasts and talking shit. I’ve always loved the spoken word medium. I had a college radio show for years so the mixture of words and music was an easy move. It helps that the podcast platform has exploded in recent years.

What can Bodega-goers expect from your show with us?

I’ve never seen a show of ours live but from what people tell me it is the greatest live Rock N’ Roll show around.

Danko Jones plays the Bodega on Wednesday 23rd September. Tickets available here.

Bodega Box

Hello students and people of Nottingham! Thank you for visiting our blog. You're probably here because you've received one of our leaflets that can turn into a handy little box. Well, you've come to the right place, because here are the instructions on how to do it! Don't forget to send us your finished products using the hashtag #bodegabox.


Step 1 - With the writing face up fold one edge of the square to the opposite edge to make a triangle. Open up the leaflet again and fold the other two edges together. Once the leaflet is opened up again there will be an X in the middle of it.


Step 2 - Fold four triangles into the centre of the leaflet using the X you just made as a guideline. Once you have done this, fold two triangles back.


Step 3 - Using the centre line, fold both sides over and flatten.


Step 4 - Fold over one end diagonally and repeat on the other end. It should look like the below. Un-fold the ends and flatten it back out again.


Step 5 - Do the same thing but this time folding the ends the other way. Flatten it back out and lift up the two sides (like on the 4th picture).


Step 6 - Grab the end and tuck in the folds so that you can fold your edge over neatly. Repeat on the other side.

step 6

And.....you're done! Big ups! Send us your masterpieces using #bodegabox

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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...

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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.