A band’s reunion can go either one of two ways; sometimes we question the necessity of it after all these years, while we can also question why they disappeared in the first place. With the release of their new EP, ‘Never Let You Go’, Bugeye definitely fall into the latter category.
Originally formed in the late nineties, making a name for themselves around London’s music scene for their fiery disco-punk tunes, the three-piece – comprised of Angela Martin (vocals, guitar), Paula Snow (bass) and Jack Houston (drums) – made the decision to call it quits. Twenty years on and they’re back with a fresh EP, which is not only suggestive of what might have been, but is also indicative of a bright future ahead.
Their Riot Grrrl and indie disco influences of the past still shine through on this record, as the three tracks take us back to some of the defining bands of the late nineties and early noughties with the sounds of Sleater-Kinney, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Gossip making definite appearances. It’s an unashamedly nostalgic collection of songs, and its throwback qualities do outweigh its contemporary ones at times. This isn’t a weakness, however – their combination of raw rock’n’roll and glittering disco-punk is quirky, dramatic and groovy enough to get anyone on their feet and dancing.
Appropriately named ‘Disco Dancer’ is a fierce opener with heavy riffs. It has a primal energy about it, topped with Martin’s snarling vocals. Meanwhile ‘Helga’ is a pure nineties throwback, reminiscent of Sleater-Kinney. The prominent bassline gives it a darker, more foreboding feel as it builds up to a big chorus, while Jack Houston impresses with rapid percussion throughout.
Title track ‘Never Let You Go’ is the success of the record; it’s mesmerizing with its infectious melody and guitar riffs, whirling you around a head-spinning disco-punk haze with more searing vocals from frontwoman Angela Martin.
Reunions may not always be successful, but this is an exciting return for Bugeye; they’re revitalised and ready to take you on a nostalgic trip back to glittery indie disco dancefloors.
‘Never Let you go is out now via Repeat Records.
This Bugeye article was written by Suzanne Oswald, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Stephen Butchard.