I rolled up to the BOZMO album release party at O’Brien’s last Monday just as the first band was going on, and already there was a crudely handwritten sign on a sheet of white paper that plainly stated “sold out!” I was pleased, and I’m sure the bands were too.
I hadn’t done any research on The Clippers before I showed up, but I was given a strong recommendation by Liz Pelly, knowing that we both have an affinity for 90s Cap’n Jazz-era emo punk.
BOZMO is an Allston supergroup of Jeremy Mendicino of Pretty & Nice, J-Raff Carrasco of Earthquake Party, and Bo Moore of Wonderful Spells. So it goes completely without saying that this band RULES. An all-star cast of Allston garage rockers come together for a garage pop symphonic tour through Bo Moore’s mind.
“All the crust punks have credit cards,” sings Bo Moore in kicking off “Milksnakes,” the first offering from BOZMO. No, the lyric isn’t lifted from an angry thread on Lemmingtrail, but it could start a flame war there, since Bozmo’s lyrical barrage on cliques and scenes in New York is also fit for Allston, with its bad drunks, braggarts drinking for free, and orphans who “think this place is boring.