Newcastle indie band, Bosola, release debut EP How Sick I Became, Running From Myself!
“Being hopeful, fragile and melancholic, Bosola’s songs perfectly depict the current overwhelming emotional picture of the whole nation” – Spotlight Music
“dreamy and bright guitars, add in Tim's distinctive vocals and there already is a solid backbone to what ultimately turns out to be a rather captivating affair” – It’s All Indie
“threads jangly pop rock through the more muscular sound of the early 90’s guitarpop bands” – Janglepophub
“laid back alternative pop rock track with hazy vocals” – Music For The Misfits
The EP, ‘How Sick I Became, Running From Myself’, draws on a central theme of uncertainty in young adulthood, taking in an autobiographical exploration of hope, betrayal, alienation, and grief in Tim’s experience of his early 20s, all of course, with an upbeat benefit of hindsight which is expressed through the music. It was through these adverse experiences that Tim was able to understand an authentic sense of self and the profound need for self-acceptance, hence the title of the EP, which is a lyric taken from ‘The Social Moth’. The EP also signals Bosola evolution to a band-based approach, stepping away from home-recorded demos and forwards to a more authentic and mature studio-based approach.
The opening track from the EP is 'This Time Buddy, It’s All On You' and deals with themes of righteous anger and relationship breakdown whilst incorporating influences from Frightened Rabbit, The Stone Roses, and The Smiths and aims to hit you between the ears with a visceral anger and energy.
The second song on the EP, and lead single, is 'Soil & Dust'. The track is about the joy and uncertainty of new relationships. Drawing influences from Paul Simon's 'Graceland', opening guitar tuning stylings of Nick Drake, and the energetic delivery of Billy Bragg, 'Soil & Dust' aims to provide an upbeat and nostalgic antidote to the drudgery of lockdown.
Third song, 'The Social Moth,' is a semi-autobiographical Tom Waits-influenced lurch through the hedonistic slide from living for the weekend to inevitable social alienation. The EP’s concluding song is titled 'Find Your Peace', which was written in the days following the suicide of an extended family member.
It seemed that although the pain and loss of such an event was clear, Tim hadn’t quite understood how that would translate to the everyday experiences of people experiencing grief. The space at the dinner table triggering pain alongside the haunting unanswered questions for those left behind. The song is painful and brief with more of an Indie Folk feel to it, it is influenced by artists such as Malcolm Middleton, Arthur Russell, and Elliot Smith.