Release Date: Jun 21, 2011
Record label: Partisan
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Ambient Pop
BOBBY is not a band eager to be deciphered. Formed in Bennington College from a wide collective of talent, the band exhibits a formidable palate of sound and an untouched knowledge and passion for global influences. The band puts on a curiously distinct blend of experimentalism and pop, sometimes murky psych-folk, other times verging on guitar-driven ambience.
The garish album art for BOBBY's self-titled debut features two identical boys in their tighty-whiteys, one blank white and the other a photo-negative shadow; on the back, the theme is repeated with a black cat and a white cat nuzzling into an implied yin and yang. This art-folk group, comprised of recent Bennington grads (including Mountain Man's Amelia Randall Meath), are fascinated by opposites and negatives, by the sharp disparities between ambient and rhythmic, airy and earthy, restive and tranquil, male and female. For their self-titled debut, the circle of friends holed up in a tiny Massachusetts hamlet to arrange these dozen songs (most written by de facto frontman Tom Greenberg), then recorded them in Woodstock, New York.
Power. Mystique. Horrible artwork. These are a few of the things that surround Bobby’s Bobby, a journey through time and space which features vocals from Mountain Man’s Molly Sarle. Featuring tracks that pleasantly drone and spin yarns of mystic truths and spark truly transcendental moments for ….
Born out of the woodwork of a remote house in western Massachusetts, BOBBY is a grab bag of college friends and label mates from Partisan and Knitting Factory Records. Their varied background creates a complex, hushed sound, perhaps attributed to the band’s namesake “member,” described as a wandering founder of the band who isn’t actually real. (Until very recently, no press photos of BOBBY’s actual members existed).