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)