Every so often you get to encounter one of those rare genres of bands that feels both nostalgic and cutting edge, and the Bogan Via is quite possibly the textbook example of such an experience. With their ’80s-style synth melodies accompanying their ’60s-era ethereal vocalizations, the Bogan Via blends the best of the musical past with the intoxicating beats of current hip-hop and indie bass lines.
Since 2012, Bret Bender and Madeleine Miller have been creating emotionally complex, evocative synth-pop under the moniker Bogan Via. They exploded on the burgeoning Arizona music scene playing house shows and opening for touring acts like Twin Shadow, WHY?, and Little Dragon. Some of their first home recordings attracted the attention of Consequence of Sound and local record label Common Wall, which signed the band later that year. The resulting studio EP, Wait Up, was named in the Top Ten albums for the year by the Phoenix New Times and was praised by Consequence of Sound for exploring “Gary Numan-style hypnotic pop territory.” Their album Boganvialand taps into a gothic nostalgia that uniquely works its way into every song. KEXP called it “thoughtful, melancholic pop miniatures, laced with strong vocal harmonies akin to Dirty Projectors.” The group’s upcoming release, Tough to Kill is due December 7.