There’s several schools of thought when it comes to forging a career in music. One is to play as often as you can, appreciate the people you meet along the way and take every opportunity presented to you. Another is record what you want, when you want, gig on your own terms and above all else, be authentic. Bodega Girls subscribes to the later school of thought. For those of you not hip to the Boston quartet’s vibe, they’re self-proclaimed hustlers resurrecting art spaces and turning out hedonistic dance parties. The group says that they are busy making “awesome music” and “don’t have time to flirt with the industry,” so they’ve come up with an innovated plan to release their new album via fan donations.
The Bodega Girls Artistfunding Campaign is the group’s initiative to raise 4K to fund an iPhone application en lieu of the traditional CD release. The application will feature ten songs, video, photos, touring info, real-time blogging, access to exclusive shows, merch and additional features to enhance the artist and fan relationship. For $40 you can get the application plus an array of adds-on such as original artwork, digital stems to remix the album and a book of poem’s by member King EvRock. For $250, the John Cusack Level, the band will accompany you (trench coat and boombox in tote) to the front yard of your choice and serenades the object of your affection.
Jay Sweet and frontman Jacob Otis (a.k.a Jake Brennan of the Confidence Men) recently got together to talk about the band’s unconventional approach to their local scene and how sexy Jacob finds himself. Read Jay Sweet’s Interview with the Bodega Girls