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Review: Bokaata - Everybody needs an enemy ep
If you ever needed an example of how a band can grow from a likeable indie trio to a genuine force in the local scene (and beyond), look no further than St. Ives very own Bokaata. Having gigged hard and fought through the highs and lows of a working band with big ambition, the quartet has emerged with their strongest recorded output to date.
Opening track 'Love lost' is a full-frontal rock song with the kind of chorus Feeder would be happy with.
Things take a surprising turn with the trippy 'Lifeline', a structurally-complex but refreshingly-challanging four minutes, before the beautiful 'Refugee' storms in with a simple melody of stadium proportions.
The title track concludes the release with a further reminder that while Bokaat are a rock band, they are far from scared of technology, crossing the boundaries between indie and dance with relative ease.
One of the most inventive releases from an unsigned band I've heard in years.....a show very much worth checking out.
Paul Richards - Hunts Post, Cambridgeshire


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Bokaata was formed by front man Gavin Bates in 2007; his song writing, influenced by the Pumpkins, Placebo, Feeder and the Manics, was the catalyst for Bokaata's inception. By late summer 2009, Bokaata had evolved. Rock music was still the starting point, but drummer Craig Conkie and bassist Charlie Howell also began to influence Gav's original ideas and began song writing too bringing their slices of dance and electronica. Bokaata now has it's new, distinctive, rich sound. Direct, powerful, passionate. Now with the addition of guitarist Tim Gifford in 2010, Bokaata are ready to take it back out on the road.
Bokaata sing about modern living, the drudgery of the everyday, the hypocrisy of religion and politics, about loves lost and the need for enemies. There is a gritty realism to the songs conveyed through powerful melodies and catchy choruses. There are rapturous moments of ecstasy and empowerment fighting against moments of dark reflection and realisation.