Part of HOCKNEY club night • Live upstairs at The Bodega • 18+ event

  • Thursday 24th March 2016
  • Supported by: t.b.c.
  • Doors open: at 9:00pm

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HABITATS are a four piece band based loosely in the heart and soul of London and the Hampshire area. Their debut single 'Diamond Days' was released in March generating huge attention for the band on soundcloud, with over 30,000 plays in 1 week & 120,000 plays in under 3 months. An exotic, hectically sweet-natured debut single it is, too, for these are youngsters who happily align themselves with the modern facebooking fashion for indie / alternative / tropical / grooves. But there’s more to the HABITATS’ musical environment than meets the generic eye.

Firstly, HABITATS consist of Mike Lawford (takes a hip flask wherever he goes, the cheap bastard), James Furniss (climbs trees on a daily basis), Joe Payne (gets distracted by all things shiny) and Adam Saunders (has the beautiful moustache of a '70s porn star) - not for them the traditional vagaries of the mundane (bass / backing vox) biographical bracketings. Secondly, they seem to relish the idea of not having a specific frontman, with each of them providing enough strong characteristics in the music to be able to swap microphones at will in the live arena.

Throw in half of the band’s penchant for thunderously gnarly beards and HABITATS display a part-Hobbit, part-habit-forming array of sunshine melodies and gently shabby mayhem, as you may expect from a band which thrives on various experimentalisms and arranging traditional vocal harmonies over danceable and catchy beats. Oh, and whose lyrics are “gathered from daydreams”.

A few of HABITATS’ influences and inspirations in no particular order and subject to change: children's television from the '90s, David Bowie, Earth Wind & Fire, green tea, hot milk and honey, Miles Davis, tassel jackets, Patrick Swayze, Friendly Fires, cigarettes, skateboarding, The Complete Works Of Arthur Conan Doyle, Wes Anderson, surfing, The Bee Gees, alcohol, Tame Impala, arboriculturalists, Sverv Jam studios, Cloud Control, Foals, Pitchfork, Johnny Cash, Donovan, Roxy Music, BBC Radio 2 & 6 Music, Jools Holland, Bloc Party, Brian Cox, Captain Scarlet, Vice Magazine, Electric Proms, Brahms, surfing, David Attenborough, Warpaint, Roald Dahl, Christmas lights, Peter Blake, Local Natives, Stewart Copeland, Leif Podhajsky, Norman Wisdom, Elvis Presley, Laurel & Hardy, Superfood, Terry Wogan, The Eurovision Song Contest, The New Scientist and full-on naturism.  

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