Interview – Bosola

I recently featured a song by Bosola, titled Ophelia Headstrong, in a round-up review and playlist based around underground indie rock music. I loved their sound and wanted to find out more – see how I got on with Tim in our chat below!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a track titled Ophelia Headstrong, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the song? What does the title refer to?

I wrote the song about my girlfriend who had just got onto a doctoral training course, having been the first person from her school to achieve this. She is a very humble person and is proud of her working class culture and upbringing. The reaction she got from following her dream was split between deriding envy and shunning for breaking social norms, and limitless love, pride and support. The first half of the song deals with the negativity she faced and the second half is from a supportive perspective.

I called the song Ophelia Headstrong because I’ve noticed that strong powerful women are often critically called headstrong or stubborn, in a way which I do not experience as a man. It seems that sometimes people would more readily accept female characters such as Ophelia from Shakespeare’s Hamlet who’s role is to dote on men as life’s protagonists and suffer as men work out what they should do.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

We formed the band during lockdown and transformed the songs into full band arrangements in this time. So in some ways, it has been helpful in making us plan our approach. It has been more frustrating post lockdown as we’ve had lots of gigs cancelled as a result of Covid outbreaks.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

Usually Tim is the songwriter and writes a basic arrangement of the song. He then brings it to Pete and Emma who write their parts to a song and as a band, we arrange the song together.

Recording wise it’s similar. Tim makes an initial demo which we write to and extend. We then go to a studio and let the producer help shape the song whilst we are there.

Do you plan to release any more singles in the near future?

Yes! Our next single Space & Time will be out in June. It’s got a jaunty country sort of vibe and is about the chaos of young adult heterosexual dating.

Have you started writing for an EP or an album?

We have indeed! We hope to release a 5 track EP this autumn which will be called Thomas & Judas. It’s central themes are doubt and betrayal which fits quite well with our first EP How Sick I Became Running From Myself, which explored the search for authenticity.

What/who influences you most as artists? What have you been listening to recently?

A lot of my ideas around the themes for songs come from existential literature and philosophy, metaphysical poetry and playwrights such as Sarah Kane, who explore these ideas within plays about personal development and relationships.

Lyrically I love The Smiths, Richey Edwards, Nicky Wire, Tom Waits, Charles Bukowski and John Prine.

Musically, we draw from lots of different genres within the rock spectrum, from punk, shoegaze, alternative rock, country, folk, gospel, rock and roll, prog and psychedelia.

Recently I’ve (Tim) been listening pretty heavily to It’s A Shame About Ray by The Lemonheads, The Tree of Forgiveness by John Prine and Goo by Sonic Youth.

Where are you based? What is the music scene like in your part of the world?

We are based in Newcastle Upon Tyne and we love the music scene here. There is such a wide variety of bands across the North East Region and there are strong scenes in Newcastle, Sunderland and Teeside. Independent venues seem to have found ways around the pandemic by hook or by crook, and there has been support for indie artists throughout.

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

We do have live dates coming up.

On the 1st May we headline The Shooting Gallery, Zerox Bar in Newcastle with Charts, Graphs, Crux and Riotous Monks of Mt Hei. Tickets are £6 in advance and you can get tickets here: https://ww…/36046801/

If day time gigs are more your thing – we play HMV in Eldon Square in Newcastle upon Tyne at midday on the 7th May.

We play the Dirty Habit in Whickham on the 27th May with Holiday in Tokyo and Hannah Robinson.

What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

We promise to be loud, energetic and eclectic in our approach to putting on a rock show. When we promote our own gig,s we always make sure that the other bands are great and you will always get good value for money!

Any last words for the fans?

Stay tuned! 2022 is gonna be a big year for Bosola. Follow us on social media for up to date news.