In anticipation of their upcoming album the Victoria based indie rock group, Bodies, took the Chinatown Sessions to the next level. Bodies plays on the listeners ear, transforming complicated time signatures into raw, creep, indie rock. With massive chorus effects, Bodies brings out familiar 80’s tones, layered with savage guitar and rhythm arrangements that push on the sides of your temples with a soothing but horrid pressure.

Bodies is comprised of Paul Shenton (guitar), Calvin Paterson (drums), Jacob Bentley (bass) and Tyler Paterson (vocals and guitar). With the release of their self titled LP in 2016, Bodies have unleashed the ghost of dream pop. Encompassing the sounds of indie, emo pop, shoegaze, and dad rock, they’ll have you calling your high school sweetheart. and time signatures that make you think twice about what the heck is going on. Bodies has a way of making their songs ‘pop’ out at the listener. With intricate guitar melodies and an even more tricky rhythm section, Bodies lies somewhere Twin Peaks and DIIV, grabbing onto that indie rock vibe but certainly adding their own level of creepiness. What I’m trying to say is they play on anticipation and horror, and I mean that in the best way possible. It’s the kind of music that could fit into the Netflix series Stranger Things, if the kids were maybe seven years older and going through relationship issues.

Something that Bodies isn’t, is static. The arrangement of each of their songs are pretty wild, jumping between timing keeps things interesting, they ride a very good line of keeping things variable as well as catchy. Their song Jesus Saves is a really good example of this. With a super positive opening hook in 5/4, the song sounds a lot like your early 2000’s emo pop song, just really dressed up and way more interesting and kind of makes your head swirl. But then it pulls out this super catch riff that makes you move your hips like someone just threw on your favourite dad rock song. Bodies are maestros at removing the layer of cheese that can come with writing full, loud songs. Allowing for space between vocals and the instruments, aware that overcrowding is a thing that a lot of bands struggle with.

The boys released a new video for their single, Half to Death, and it scared me. The cinematography and lighting of the whole video is exciting. I’m not going to ruin it for you but overall, it’s a pretty simple video, which is good. A boy walks into a house with creepy lighting. That is essentially the premise, but it builds and builds to a crescendo point that might make you think twice about giving up diapers. Be sure to be on the lookout for the new album release coming soon!

Emily Sutherland