Norway’s wryest export BOKASSA are back and ready to drag you kicking and screaming into their dystopian future.
The first hint of what’s to come, comes by way of heavy-hitting new track, Garden Of Heathen, released today alongside an official video. A melodically-driven, stoner punk track that’s unmistakably BOKASSA, its hefty drums, smooth riffs, and catchy lyrics are only enhanced further by guest vocals from none other than New York hardcore legend, Lou Koller (Sick Of It All). The single is taken from the band´s forthcoming new album, which was recorded by Tue Madsen (Meshuggah, The Haunted, Halford) at Antfarm Studios in Denmark – stay tuned for more details soon.
Frontman Jørn Kaarstad states, “Garden of Heathen is a fast, riffy, melodic stoner-punker with one of our best choruses. A band favourite and a perfect way to kickstart a new album. There’s just something about the explosiveness of the track that makes it a real banging tune, in our opinion. The fact that the legendary Lou Koller from Sick Of It All appears on the track is nothing short of epic!”
Watch the official video for “Garden Of Heathen” HERE or by clicking below.
The unsquashable live dynamos are excited to hit the road with hard rock squad Therapy? later this year across Europe, including a number of UK dates leading into the Christmas festivities. Jørn comments, “I already think Therapy?’s ‘Poundland of Hope and Glory’ is one of the best tunes of 2023 so the fact that we get to see it live for 26 dates over the UK and Europe alongside all their hits is awesome!”
Tickets are on sale now and include the following UK dates:
Thu 30th Nov – BRIGHTON Concorde 2
Fri 1st Dec – PORTSMOUTH Wedgewood Rooms
Sat 2nd Dec – SHEFIELD O2 Academy 2
Sun 3rd Dec – NORTHAMPTON Roadmender
Thu 7th Dec – BRISTOL The Fleexe
Fri 8th Dec – MANCHESTER Academy 2
Sat 9th Dec – SUNDERLAND Pop Recs
Sun 10th Dec – GLASGOW King Tut’s
Thu 14th Dec – LONDON Electric Ballroom
Fri 15th Dec – BRADFORD Nightrain
Sat 16th Dec – BIRMINGHAM O2 Institute 2
Sun 17th Dec – CARDIFF The Globe
BOKASSA have made a name for themselves with their brand of hard-hitting, melodic, catchy punk and stoner rock, right from their attention-getting, first full length, Divide & Conquer (2017). During the Worldwired tour with METALLICA (for which they were handpicked by Lars Ulrich), the band released the critically acclaimed Crimson Riders (2019). In 2020, they followed up by releasing a digital EP, Live At The BBC, from their BBC Radio 1 live session at London’s legendary Maida Vale studio, and were nominated for a Norwegian Grammy as “Breakthrough Of The Year”. In 2021, BOKASSA won the Norwegian “Bendiksprisen” award and released their explosive third album Molotov Rocktail. The record shot immediately to #18 on the Norwegian chart, their highest spot to date. The album was met with critical acclaim from Kerrang, Rock Hard, Adresseavisen, and Metal Hammer among others, with the latter boldly declaring, “With such eminent replayability, Molotov Rocktail threatens to burst the bubble separating ‘classic – sounding’ records and straight – up classics, easily delivering the most fun stoner record since Monster Magnet’s Powertrip in the process.”
With extensive further touring under their belt with the likes of Mastodon, Baroness, and Judas Priest, not to mention performing at some of the world’s biggest festivals (Wacken, Hellfest, Download, Rockfest, Øya, Stavern, Tons of Rock and more), BOKASSA have continued to capture the hearts and minds of thousands across the world. With a new album on the horizon and a new tour with Therapy? the first of many dates to come, BOKASSA are taking no prisoners and show no signs of slowing down.