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High Hopes: The Bohicas

Smart, stylish rock'n'roll from Essex.

“I’ve got to get my mum a Mini,” says Dominic McGuinness. “Then move out. In that order!” He might be fronting The Bohicas, one of the coolest rock bands straddling the Essex/London border, but McGuinness’s priorities remain close to home.

Having given up his day job a few years ago (as a decorator of palatial ‘iceberg houses’ in Kensington), he’s been writing songs in his room “until someone gives a shit”.

Happily for them, “someone” included QOTSA producer Mark Rankin, with whom The Bohicas have just cut their debut LP The Making Of. It’s a sharp-suited, harmonious racket, mixing the sexy fuzz of Marc Bolan and the Velvet Underground with jutting, contemporary rock’n’roll. Recently the catchy likes of To Die For went down a treat on a string of Essex dates, from Colchester to Canvey Island. Places that, surprisingly, they’d never played before.

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