Second chances are hard to come by, so when they arrive it is imperative to fully take advantage of them. That is exactly what Bugeye have done. Originally formed in the ’90s by three friends, the trio established a firm footprint on the London music scene. They were the original Yeah Yeah Yeahs, a band who made fiery yet hip-shaking disco-punk music made for the city’s underground bar scene. The band ended up breaking up, exchanging a promising career for the security of regular day jobs.
Now nearly twenty years later, Bugeye are back and making up for lost time. Last week, they released Never Let You Go, their long-awaited EP. The mini-album is a collection of three songs that bridges the burgeoning Brit music of the ’70s (Joy Division, Siouxsie and The Banshees, The Sex Pistols, The Clash) with the roaring indie rock of the ’90s. The EP starts off with “Disco Dancer”. It is a whirling and devilish song that echoes the primal feel of Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ early years.
“Helga”, the one unreleased track that the album, is quintessential 90s. The song resonates with the edgy euphoria of Sleater-Kinney. The song could be Bugeye’s own anthem, as it speaks to missed opportunities and second chances. The title track closes the EP, a song which we had the good fortune of premiering in June. Like “Disco Dancer”, “Never Let You Go” is a mind-bender of a disco-punk song. It has the mesmerizing effect where all you want to do is spin uncontrollably to the sputtering and infectious melody and frontwoman Angela Martin’s searing vocals. The song – and the entire EP – is just a microcosm of what Bugeye has to offer. Let’s hope we do not have to wait two decades to relive the experience of uncontrollable freedom and spontaneous combustion.
Bugeye are Angela Martin (vocals/guitar), Paula Snow (bass/backing vocals), and Jack Houston (drums).
Featured photo by Julia Woollams.
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