After a 9-month hiatus, Bodeco returns

May 28, 2008 at 1:00 am

Ricky Feather is discovering the joys and stresses of college late in life, but if he devotes half the energy to the books as he does in Bodeco, he should pass with proverbial flying colors. “I was going to the library a lot about five years ago,” says Feather, who’s now majoring in graphic design. “I started gravitating to the arts section and music books, and it just kind of hit me. Everything I was interested in, in some way or another, involves graphic design: record labels, posters, pop art. Art history should be taught in grade school.”

In Bodeco, Feather leads a four-piece whose medium can be best described as swampy, party rock. The band, whose name combines Bo Diddley and zydeco, cut a broad swath around town in the early 1990s with its albums, 1992’s Bone, Hair and Hide and 1995’s Callin’ All Dogs.

Bodeco: At least one of these guys is in college: Party rawk band Bodeco headlines The Pour Haus Saturday. Nightshades, from Lexington, and The Glasspack round out the bill.
Bodeco: At least one of these guys is in college: Party rawk band Bodeco headlines The Pour Haus Saturday. Nightshades, from Lexington, and The Glasspack round out the bill.

Bodeco has downshifted in recent years, eschewing live shows to write new material for an EP. Guitarist Jimmy Brown says the hiatus arose from a creative spurt the band has enjoyed while tracking at a Highlands studio owned by longtime friend, Jeff Carpenter.

Part of the reason we’re not focused (on playing live) is because Ricky’s always coming up with new songs,” Brown says. “I do believe that we’re still vital to Louisville. We could’ve hatched a baby in the time that we’ve been out.”

Bodeco didn’t break up, per se. “The band is always in a state of flux,” says Feather. “It’s a seasonal sort of thing. The winter can get very long, but we’ve never looked at (our break) like breaking up.”

A new second guitar player, Freddie “Southside” Wethington, who replaced original member Wink O’Bannon, plays Saturday’s gig at the Pour Haus. Brown says he doesn’t know what to expect crowd-wise, but the bill should be strong, what with The Glasspack returning from its headlining slot at the Roadburn Festival in Holland, and Lexington band Nightshades joining in.


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Bodeco

w/ Nightshades, The Glasspack

Saturday, May 31

The Pour Haus

1481 S. Shelby St.

637-9611

$6; 10 p.m.