Swimming in the sweat of Bozmo’s basement sendoff

On westward trails
By PERRY EATON  |  August 22, 2012

SAN FRAN, MAN Bo Moore is headed west to California, and he's taking Bozmo with him. 

In such a tight-knit music community, departure is always a tough thing with which to cope. Bozmo, considered by many around town to be something of a Boston supergroup, seemed to be gaining major traction in the neighborhood before they announced a few weeks ago that some members would be moving to California. Rather than sit around and mourn the loss, these Allstonians opted for the more celebratory route: throwing a sweaty basement show on August 11 to send the band off to the left side.

With members of Pretty & Nice, Earthquake Party, Wonderful Spells, and more, Bozmo has plenty of heavy hitters, not to mention an impressive debut, last year's Hosanna In the Highest, to their name. A fuzzed out mélange of garage pop and psych rock, Bozmo's have connected with the music junkies of Boston, who have made them regulars at small clubs and basements in the area. Saturday's stop in Allston was a quintessential summer house show and let Bozmo flex their muscles one more time.

In a bill co-presented by Sippy Cup Everything and Bookie Sex Call, the supporting cast was equally notable. Allston trio Kal Marks have recently appeared on more and more radars, especially towards the end of an eventful summer, which included a set at the Allston DIY Fest and the release of their latest EP, Piss of the Century. No local house show is truly complete without DIY vets Pile, who added heavier elements to the mix. Sippy Cup faves MiniBoone also made the trip from New York, treating showgoers to their signature hook-heavy post-punk. The three bands combined to heat the confines of the basement to swimmably humid levels.

Bozmo, as always, brought veteran finesse to a classic basement show. Playing to an attendance that spilled into the driveway, the band wove through staples like "Milksnakes" and "Golden Feeling" with ease. By the encore of "Witchy Wu," broken bass strings, sweat-soaked tank tops, and a slightly buzzed room of old friends capped off the reckless resilience of the band, and soon, Bozmo were solely ours no more.

Related: Back with Bozmo, Moore takes off his Thinkers cap, Airman punk, The future is now, More more >
  Topics: Live Reviews , Music, Arts, Bozmo,  More more >
| More

Most Popular
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   PISSED JEANS | HONEYS  |  March 06, 2013
    On one hand, the album is a dazed Frankenstein's monster — the frantically paced "Health Plan" shows half-man, half-creature savagery.
  •   FOXYGEN BECOME NEW AMBASSADORS  |  February 26, 2013
    Los Angeles-based duo Foxygen have received a healthy dose of attention following January's Jagjaguwar release of We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic .
  •   THE MYSTERIOUS WAYS OF SONNYMOON  |  January 29, 2013
    The ways of musical success are many.
  •   WHAT'S F'N NEXT? METZ  |  November 14, 2012
    The joke's on you if you still think Canada is just our laid-back, friendly neighbor up north. Futher proof to the contrary: Toronto's METZ, who would lead you to believe that Canada is one big furious mosh pit.
  •   PRETTY & NICE, SAME AS THEY EVER WERE  |  November 01, 2012
    It has been four years since Pretty & Nice released their standout full-length, Get Young , but they are quick to reassure us that their motives have changed little.

 See all articles by: PERRY EATON