Bogan Via - Wait Up EP
Record Label: Common Wall Media
Release Date: October 29, 2013
Hailing from Phoenix, Arizona, Bogan Via are a two piece indie rock outfit that display a certain affection for both folk music and electro-pop. The duo, founded in 2011, released a handful of tracks in early 2012 to relative success and finished off the year with their second EP, Wait Up.
How is it?
Sweet. Very sweet. From the old fashioned, vintage based image that the band portrays, to their quirky upbeat songs, pretty much everything about Bogan Via screams summer days and advertisement soundtracks. Opener “Wait Up” starts off procedures with an acoustic guitar, theatre-esque piano and entwined boy/girl vocals. The track is pleasant, if not the most exciting sounding song one will come across. “Manny”, with its electronic touches and flute, is more of an improvement. It’s undeniably catchy and has a fun feel to it. Both vocalists are quite skillful, but a recurring feeling throughout the EP is that the female vocals should be given a little more focus than they are. Although the male vocals are distinct, her voice is extremely pretty and works perfectly with the band’s dainty, poppy feel. When she’s given the chance to take the reigns, such as in stand out track “TES”, it’s wonderful, however the band don’t utilize the tools they’re naturally blessed with enough.
Although tracks such as “TES” are very unique, overall the EP is missing something. The band has two modes; “sweet and quirky” or “disconnected and cold”, but Bogan Via are neither The Mouldy Peaches nor Kraftwerk. Their music is a little too clinical and comes across like they’re trying a bit too hard to be an electronica tinged version of Mumford & Sons. If you’re looking for something to take up your attention for a little while, or for an EP that soundtracks a brief, idyllic moment, Bogan Via are your band. However, if they don’t develop a sense of character or personality, these guys are going to be lost in the wave of folk-pop bands that’s getting bigger every day.