The Selfish Generation LP – Under the Bodhi Tree
Set for a big release on the 12th of February, 2016, The Selfish Generation is Under the Bodhi Tree’s latest album.
Under the Bodhi Tree is a psychedelic blues alternative rock band out of Bainbridge Island, in Seattle. They have been rocking Seattle shows for years. Under the Bodhi Tree, where Buddha embarked on a 49 day journey, the Seattle band pour their heart and soul into creating a new sacred musical place. With a classic Seattle sound, these rockers are influenced by Nirvana, Jack White, and Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
The Selfish Generation is a musical experience. Each track offers a consistent sound that coherently exploits harmonic guitar, tough yet smooth vocals, and lyrics that you could belt out with passion whether you are driving in traffic or arm in arm with a stranger at a grungy pub.
The band, comprised of Paul Depew, Jaymic Volz and Duncan Newland-Thompson, creates music that is as hard to describe as it is familiar in sound yet new and enriched in feeling. Every track is like having a deep and meaningful conversation at a party with a stranger – you know you’re there, you know what’s meant to be happening, and yet every stranger (and song) has a unique and surprising insight into life.
No two songs are the same in rhythm or pace. Even the vocals range from harmonious to screaming tough. You can sweat or you can swoon to each track on this album, and it’s all the better for it.
Bitter opens with a soft-paced guitar rhythm, followed by the click of drumsticks. The anticipation in the intro is excellent, and demonstrates the musical skill of this Seattle trio. The vocals on this track are deep to reflect the lyrics: ‘I’m so bitter.’
The next track, Don’t Stop, begins and stops short, playing with the heartbeat of any listener. It then roars into a heavy and fast percussive, with punk vocals reminiscent of Blur with Guitar Hero riffs that make anyone want to get on their knees with the weight of their heavy air guitar. You can almost smell the sweat it took to produce this rocking track.
Find Me Grace allows you to take a breather and sit under the cool fan of the soothing, harmonious vocals before they belt you with the emotion. You can’t decipher all of the lyrics, but you don’t have to. The emotions are enough. The refrain ‘red roses and white lace’ is enough of an image to turn on the rest of the feelings conveyed by the steady guitar and emotive vocals.
Under the Bodhi Tree consider themselves ‘the most honest rock band to leave the garage in years.’ Some of the production on The Selfish Generation may contend that the band haven’t entirely left the garage, with poor production quality being evident on some of the tracks, such as Pink Christmas Tree, where you can’t really hear the lyrics. On the other hand, the statement can’t be truer. There is a truer honesty in flaws and the low production quality only goes to reveal how intense the emotional connection Under the Bodhi Tree can make with their raw, emotional sound.
by Tanya Tabone