(Void Boys from left to right, Jian, Shannon, Joe, and Gio)
I’m familiar with Void Boys because I grew up playing music in the same Los Angeles scene as Gio and Jian, who’s teenage punk bands WPI (We Play Instruments) and Koalacaust opened my eyes to a world of wild, inventive bands and the community that makes these projects possible. In the summer of 2012, shortly after Bay favorite Koalacaust’s fragmentation, the two teamed up with vocalist/guitarist Shannon Bodrogi and bass player Joe Putnam to form Void Boys.
I’m not big on outright comparisons, but it wouldn’t be inaccurate at all to call them the West Coast’s Hop Along – Shannon’s vocal ability is up there with Francis Quinlan, although less frenetic, and the music is crackling, unpredictable pop full of interesting production and raw emotion that recalls Hop Along’s debut, Get Disowned.
In an interview with Impose the band detailed the intention behind their new record and its title – Glamorpus – and raised the question of whether “screaming and spitting” intense, authentic beauty straight in your face is still beautiful. The 11 tracks that comprise the album are perhaps an attempt at answering that question, and beneath their outright aggression are all thoughtful, concise pop songs, with earnest, almost folky vocal delivery that simultaneously reminds me of Bay Area bands Water Color Paintings and Happy Diving.
The LP is being released collaboratively by Introvert Records and Too Far Gone Records, both young labels who have helped to release bands like Forth Wanderers and the pre-Happy Diving project Chill Pill. It’ll be out next week, and the band will be playing the Rickshaw Stop with Screaming Females to celebrate. Don’t miss it, and listen to the entire record for the first time below.