Upcoming Shows Atlanta (23/May/18) Athens (24/May/18) Brooklyn (31/May/18) Brooklyn (07/Jun/18) Chicago (26/Jun/18)
Artist Biography BAMBARA is a storm. Recalling the brooding filth of early Swans, The Birthday Party, and the pummeling energy of The Jesus Lizard or Iceage. BAMBARA uses their signature vocal-noise collages to create an unsettling, visceral experience.
Although BAMBARA only formed in Athens, Georgia in late 2008, the three boys grew up together. Twin brothers Reid and Blaze Bateh and childhood friend William Brookshire have been consistently making music and playing shows together since they were in the 7th grade. The band then moved to Brooklyn in 2011 to further pursue making music.
With a minimal recording set-up and little sunlight, the band was able to completely capture the dark, grimy, noisy sound they are known for while maintaining the lush beauty that glues it all together. Reid’s voice croons and snarls the fragmented images of the city. Blaze and William’s driving rhythm section plows and swings through the dirge of vocal noise with furious power. BAMBARA doesn’t want you to get comfortable in Dreamviolence. They prefer to send you through vortexes of haunting noise before you reach the dreamy euphoria waiting in the wreckage.
BAMBARA toured Europe with A Place to Bury Strangers and again with METZ in the fall of 2013.