Bos Angeles - Taking Out The Trash

A smattering assault of ooh”s brings the curtain down on Bos Angeles’ career in spectacular fashion. “

Bos Angeles is slang for Boscombe, a suburb of Bournemouth, heroin hotspot, and home to the ‘Bafia’. The story there is not all doom and gloom, however, local resident and the coolest ice cream seller in town, Rich Board, made waves on the web last year with song ‘Beach Slalom’. The band marked a big ‘x’ on the map over the town, and ironically, after being the original wave-flaggers there, after a turbulent short existence they disbanded earlier this year.

Despite their sound gleaming in an exotic beachy vibe and having some of the most summery song titles going, Bos Angeles could conjure up bleak moments, like the ability British weather has to suddenly ruin a day at the seaside. Their vibrant, surfy moments may not have differentiated them from the slacker-pop pack, but their chilling, lo-fi riffs, sometimes reminiscent of New Order carved out a niche.

‘Taking Out The Trash’ takes us from the band’s bedroom beginnings on a voyage through their brief career. Debut single and jackpot-hitter ‘Beach Slalom’ demonstrates their talents in the first of many idyllic pop melodies. Although songs that didn’t hit the web previously shed no surprises, they strengthen Rich’s repertoire of lo-fi post-punk surfy tunes.

It is the final run of songs which is the most impressive. ‘Pretend With You’ is pure funk, rattling along with a chilling riff. The most memorable moment comes with final track, ‘You’re The One That I Want’ boasting the most catchy part of the release, which is quite a feat. A smattering assault of ‘ooh’s then brings the curtain down on Bos Angeles’ career in spectacular fashion.

‘Taking Out The Trash’ exemplifies the talent Bos Angeles possessed for creating vibrant, lo-fi melodies. Although nothing will come of the brilliant potential they showed, ‘Taking Out The Trash’ is an excellent souvenir. They serve to us all as a reminder to enjoy things while they last, so next time you’re on the beach, make the most of the sun - before the inevitable clouds and rain strike.

Tags: Bos Angeles, Reviews, Album Reviews

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