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With RE:EP, Bosola outline their iconoclastic blueprint for a new rock. Not just your standard three-piece, Bosola draws up, and sometimes denies, their varied heritage. Each member has been involved in music since childhood having grown up in the house of a music teacher. Guitarist/vocalist Tickrangler cut his teeth in Hong Kong Virus, a hardcore/experimental band that now sounds entirely contemporary. Grandpa Scorpion, the band’s drummer, is an alum of NY slow-core legends, Alger Hiss. Bassist/vocalist Eli Machine has spent time in new wave/goth bands like The Change and has most recently performed Glenn Branca’s Hallucination City. The band continues to evolve their sound drawing congruent yet divergent influences from Don Caballero, Jesus Lizard, King Crimson, Ruins, and Fugazi. The songs plough a sonic landscape of odd time signatures, distorted strains and angular, collage-like arrangements.
For this first outing, Bosola selected Wharton Tiers’ FunCity (Helmet, Sonic Youth) studio to record. Finding an immediate rapport with Wharton, Bosola pounded out five complex and fully produced songs in three hot days in July 2005.
The selection of songs also show the various sides of the band and moves from the abrupt odd-times of Leaky Aura to the more wistful State of Illfitting. The band is intensely interested in jamming and the music community and brought in Tim Byrnes of The Friendly Bears who lends his trumpet playing, William Bredbeck on musical saw, and the widely denounced Sri Usted Taco Leg who donates his tabla talents. Each addition was purposely done in two takes or less to keep the feel spontaneous. Similarly, the band has a tradition of creating “perishable” songs which are quickly assembled jams meant to be played only once or in this case memorialized on RE:EP. The band explores a larger sonic palette on this recording – evident in Fred’s expanded drum kit as well as Ali’s use of an electric version of the traditional Turkish saz.