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Sunderland band Bodacious drop their single Remedy, a funked-up self-medication-based love song, complete with post-punky rhythms, noughties indie guitar sounds and a mix of spoken word and soulful vocals.

To celebrate, the band will be hosting an event at The Vaux Room (upstairs in the Ship Isis) in Sunderland on Saturday 17 December featuring support from The Neolectrics and Black Moss. They will also be teaming up with Wild Fire Pizza on the night to produce a special pizza named the Bodacious (of course).

Here the band gives us a flavour of what this single sounds like using three other tracks…

Theme from Get Carter – Roy Budd

During the heavy Covid period I watched this film so much that I started to dream in Metrocolour. Roy Budd’s Get Carter soundtrack perfectly encapsulates the swagger and intrigue of our cigarette-wielding protagonist. The depreciated, industrial streets of Newcastle are hiding a monstrosity – murderous conspiracy, underground pornography, terror and deceit – enabling this jazzy soundtrack to anchor juxtaposing themes with a satisfying blend of elegance and dissonance.

Time Was – Canned Heat

Canned Heat gets it. They got it way before we got it – if we even have it yet! But what is it? It’s difficult to justify being in a pure guitar band in 2022, but the energy of a live troupe really locked in, it’s an undeniable experience. Poke your head into Canned Heat at Woodstock ‘69 if you haven’t already. Any blues band would want the groove of Canned Heat. and we see a lot of ourselves in their skiffley, bass-heavy foot tappers where something is always just a little bit off.

The Distance – Cake

While we definitely yearn for that 70s funk vibe, we so obviously have that millennial apathetic defiance. We can see it happening but aren’t sure we can do anything about it – aren’t sure we care enough. That has to come from the 90s. This track from CAKE is unapologetically uncool, with a deadpan conversational delivery and questionable choice of accompanying instruments. It’s perfect. It was also used in an episode of The Simpsons, where Bart becomes a jockey and sees his horse go The Distance. On the nose as ever.

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