BOKASSA – new single out
Foto: Troll Toftenes
Bokassa share new single ‘All Out Of Dreams’, announce new album for February 2024 and begins European tour with Theraphy? today October 5th
Norway’s wryest export BOKASSA are back and ready to drag you kicking and screaming into their dystopian future.
Raring to go, with their European trek with Therapy? kicking off today, BOKASSA have dropped another new single, the stoner punk anthem ‘All Out Of Dreams‘ that’s filled to the brim with attitude and frustrated, pissed-off pessimism, and also happens to be the title track of their upcoming album!
Listen to the single here: https://orcd.co/aoodsingle
BOKASSA elaborates, “When most things seem mediocre and most meetings feel like you’re just regurgitating empty small talk, you might as well just avoid it all. So it’s a song about trying to avoid socializing with other people and meanwhile escaping into your own mind and hobbies, like gaming e.g,
as referenced in the 8-bit intro. Kind of a “voluntary loner anthem” if you will. A song for everyone who feels like Stan in the South Park episode “You’re Getting Old”!”
BOKASSA‘s new album is set for release on February 16th, 2024, via Indie Recordings. Recorded by Tue Madsen (Meshuggah, The Haunted, Halford) at Antfarm Studios in Denmark, fans got their first taste of new music earlier this year via heavy-hitting belter, Garden Of Heathen. 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).
BOKASSA sum up, “All Out Of Dreams is an album where the feeling of resignation is present on several of the album’s tracks. Whether it deals with one’s own failures, maybe you feel the system failed you, perhaps because of failed government policies, or that you’ve just given up on it all.
The common denominator is that everyone you encounter, or hear from in the lyrics have lost hope, which is something the album’s title – All Out Of Dreams – alludes to.
The name of the album could also be seen as a direct reference to our own career, and the dream of owning our own private island in the Pacific. Unfortunately the masses have yet to develop good taste in music, so that dream is rather non-existent at this time.”
The live dynamos are excited to hit the road with hard rock squad Therapy? across Europe, including a number of European dates leading into the Christmas festivities and starting in Belgium October 5th. 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!”
UPCOMING TOUR DATES 2023:
Oct 05, Trix (supp. Therapy?) Antwerp, Belgium
Oct 06, Reflektor (supp. Therapy?) Liege, Belgium
Oct 08, Melkweg (supp. Therapy?) Amsterdam, NL
Nov. 04 Bokassa 10-year Anniversary – Vulkan, Oslo, NO
Nov 09, Gruenspan (supp. Therapy?) Hamburg, DE
Nov 10, Gebaude 9 (supp. Therapy?) Cologne, DE
Nov 11, Das Bett (supp. Therapy?) Frankfurt, DE
Nov 12, Backstage Halle (supp. Therapy?) Munich, DE
Nov 14, Proxima (supp. Therapy?) Warsaw, Poland
Nov 16, SO36 (supp. Therapy?) Berlin, DE
Nov 18, Het Bolwerk (supp. Therapy?) Sneek, NL
Nov 19, La Sucrerie (supp. Therapy?) Wavre, BE
Nov 30, Concorde 2 (supp. Therapy?) Brighton, UK
Dec 01, Wedgewood Rooms (supp. Therapy?) Portsmouth, UK
Dec 02, Academy2 (supp. Therapy?) Sheffield, UK
Dec 03, Roadmenders (supp. Therapy?) Northampton, UK
Dec 07, The Fleece (supp. Therapy?) Bristol, UK
Dec 08, Academy 2 (supp. Therapy?) Manchester, UK
Dec 09, Pop Recs (supp. Therapy?) Sunderland, UK
Dec 10, King Tut’s (supp. Therapy?) Glasgow, UK
Dec 14, Electric Ballroom (supp. Therapy?) London, UK
Dec 15, Nightrain (supp. Therapy?) Bradford, UK
Dec 16, Institute (supp. Therapy?) Birmingham, UK
Dec 17, The Globe (supp. Therapy?) Cardiff, UK
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.
Jørn Kaarstad – Lead Vocals,Guitar
Bård Linga – Bass, Vocals
Olav Dowkes – Drums, Vocals