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.