Electro-folk duo Bogan Via have released a video for their standout track “Kanye“, a song that Consequence of Sound described as “Sounding like Tennis on downers”. Directed by Freddie Paull, the video features Bogan Via rolling through the streets of Phoenix and robbing a record store at gun-point, all while casually singing along to their own music. Geographer remixed “Kanye” for Bogan Via a while back for the Bandcamp-exclusive Wait Up Remix EP, which is now available on iTunes and other digital services. The Remix EP also features work from Miniature Tigers, Glass Theory, and others.
Bret Bender and Madeleine Miller are the Phoenix, AZ indie-pop duo Bogan Via. The two met and started making music together in late 2011. They quickly self-recorded and released a 5-song EP that garnered them considerable blog attention. With the buzz surrounding the EP and their local live shows, Bogan Via quickly caught the ear of local AZ label Common Wall Media. In fact, label owner, Chuckie Duff (Dear and the Headlights), offered them a recording contract within a few days of first hearing the standout EP track, “Copy and Paste”. Home to other independent Arizona bands, Gospel Claws and Snake! Snake! Snakes!, Common Wall Media seemed like a natural choice for Bogan Via.
Shortly after signing with Common Wall, Bret and Madeleine started working with producer Bob Hoag (The Format, Joel Plaskett, Black Carl) at Flying Blanket Recording on recording a handful of new songs as well as re-recording some tracks from the original EP. The result of those sessions was their 2nd EP Wait Up, which was released in October of 2012 by Common Wall. Prior to the EP release, local AZ promoter Jeremiah Gratza released one of the songs, “TES”, on 7” baby pink vinyl with a remix by Miniature Tigers as the B-side via his newly formed President Gator label. Late in 2012, the band took that Miniature Tigers remix and a handful of others by Geographer, Spirit Cave, and more and released a digital-only Remix EP which also included the new original track “Gatsby“.
The Wait Up EP found its way onto a few best of list for 2012 including Fensepost’s Best EPs of 2012 and Phoenix NewTimes Best Local Records of 2012. Inyourspeakers.com sums up the perfected minimalism of Bogan Via’s sound quite well in describing the track “TES“. “There’s really not a lot going on here, and it absolutely works. The subtle changes happening throughout the song are incredibly tasteful, as each little element is given space to expand and make its mark on the song.”
“Kanye” Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjCt9zVCbU0
Bogan Via Remix EP
Release Date: December 18, 2012
1. Wait Up (WLFGNG DNGR Remix)
2. Copy and Paste (Spirit Cave Remix)
3. Manny (Glass Theory Remix)
4. TES (Miniature Tigers Remix)
5. Afternoon Wonderland (Joel Marquard Remix)
6. Kanye (Geographer Remix)
Bret Bender and Madeleine Miller are the Phoenix, AZ indie-pop duo Bogan Via. The two met and started making music together just over a year ago. In that time, they self-recorded and released a 5-song EP that garnered them considerable blog attention. With the buzz surrounding the EP and their local live shows, Bogan Via quickly caught the attention of local label Common Wall Media. In fact, label owner, Chuckie Duff (Dear and the Headlights), offered them a recording contract within a few days of first hearing the standout EP track, “Copy and Paste”. Home to other independent Arizona bands, Gospel Claws and Snake! Snake! Snakes!, Common Wall Media seemed like a natural choice for Bogan Via.
Shortly after signing with Common Wall, Bret and Madeleine started working with producer Bob Hoag (The Format, Joel Plaskett, Black Carl) at Flying Blanket Recording on recording a handful of new songs as well as re-recording some tracks from the original EP. The result of those sessions is the forthcoming EP Wait Up, which is scheduled to be released on October 29th by Common Wall. Prior to the EP release, local AZ promoter Jeremiah Gratza will be releasing a one of the songs, “TES”, on 7” baby pink vinyl with a remix by Miniature Tigers as the B-side via his newly formed President Gator 7” label. A few other remixes are in the works that will be announced shortly and made available as promotional MP3s.
Along with recording and preparing for the release of their new EP, Bogan Via have stayed busy playing bigger and bigger live shows in Phoenix, including opening for national acts like Twin Shadow and White Arrows. Also in the works is a soon to be premiered video for “Afternoon Wonderland”, one of the songs from the original EP that was re-recorded for Wait Up.
Release Date: October 29, 2012
1. Wait Up
2. Copy and Paste
5. Afternoon Wonderland
To kick off the grand New Year of 2012, Bogan Via from Arizona released a breezy Self-titled EP that is sure to enchant indie pop fans well beyond their often sweltering state. (Visit in the summer and see exactly what I mean.)
Comprised of Madeleine Miller and Bret Bender, Bogan Via’s musical output is both refreshing and inspiring. Meeting in college, Bender majored in English literature while Ms. Miller pursued theater arts. Combining their talents, Bogan Via is a meeting of the minds that will dazzle the eardrums of all who venture out to give a listen. Here is a recent interview we conducted with the pair of Bogan Vias to find out more about their delightful compositions. Read on…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Bogan Via, and how long the band has been together.
We’re Madeleine and Bret. We met last September and started playing music shortly thereafter. Both of us write songs individually and we’re able to collaborate on a few tracks from the EP. Madeleine rocks the keys/percussion most of the time and I play guitar and the keys at times.
Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
We are based out of Phoenix, AZ. The local music scene here has been dominated by metal and traditional heavy rock, but the indie movement in recent years has been gaining momentum. Some bands that we enjoy are B.O.T.S., What Laura Says, Courtney Marie Andrews and Tobie Milford.
How did the both of you meet and what do you think makes the musical partnership work so well together?
I saw Madeleine post videos on youtube of her singing with an acoustic guitar and was intrigued by her voice. I contacted her and a few days later went to go see her sketch comedy troupe perform. Our musical partnership seems to work well because we’re a lot alike and appreciate a similar aesthetic.
Select any two Bogan Via songs and what inspired the lyrics.
We don’t spend a whole lot of time writing lyrics, its more of a ‘first thought best thought’ process, very fast. We’ve found that this can often produce songs with more poignant messages or cohesive ideas. ‘Copy and Paste‘ was one such song. Listening to it now I would say it has a lot to do with the housing bubble craziness, greed, and the like. ‘Being Light’ is more of a love song. It was inspired by trying to capture that feeling of carefree youth.
What is a live Bogan Via show like for those of us who have yet to see you play?
It’s a nice laid back vibe, very chill. We try to let the music speak for itself without a whole lot of spectacle.
How close are you to recording a new collection of songs for an EP or album?
We are recording new tracks all the time, and once we get a handful that we’re really proud of we’ll share them.
If you could open for any band either current or who has ever existed, which band would that be and why?
We would love to have opened for the Zombies. We both love their entire catalog and feel that our sound might fit well with theirs.
With Madeline being interested in theater, what plays has she performed in and would you ever want to incorporate any sort of theater into your live shows?
One Toe in the Grave, Food: A Play With Music, The Anatomy of Grey, Lysistrata (and many more), a bunch of musicals, and a lot of sketch comedy and improv work. I (Madeleine) really view music as more of self expression whereas acting is being someone else or taking on another character. I enjoy keeping both creative outlets separate as I feel they are distinctly different.
What’s is Bret’s favorite book in English literature and why? Does he like Charles Dickens or Jane Austin?
I’d have to say 1984. I really enjoy books that make you think about and challenge the world we live in. With that said I’m definitely more of a Dickens fan.
When can we expect to see Bogan Via playing here in the Los Angeles area? And have you ever performed here in the past?
We’ve yet to play in L.A. but would love to soon. Our tentative plan is actually to move to Los Angeles at the end of the summer so Madeleine can pursue acting and we can continue rocking with Bogan Via.
If Bogan Via’s music was a donut, what kind would it be and why?
Haha, we could be any donut I guess. Maybe a glazed donut with sprinkles, lots of old fashioned goodness with a little new pizazz on top.
What would you like a listener to remember after hearing Bogan Via’s music for the first time?
We’d love for them to find something that affects them or that they can relate to, and maybe that our music stands out as having a unique quality.
Any final words of wisdom?
Keep your eye out L.A. we’ll be there soon. Thank you for any and all support. xoxo
(Interview by Kenneth Morton)
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Bogan Via is an indie-pop duo out of Phoenix, AZ. Madeleine Miller and Bret Bender attended Arizona State University where she pursued theatre and he studied English literature. The band plays acoustic guitar, a variety of synths, along with occasional electronic drum beats. The two met in October 2011 and released their first EP three months later.
Bogan Via EP
Released on January 1, 2012
1. Purple Catacomb
2. Afternoon Wonderland
3. Maple Staple
4. Copy and Paste
5. Being Light
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