Describing their sound as “Cyber Western/Dark Folk Wave”, Copenhagen duo The Bowdashes sound like the constantly pissed off daughters of David Lynch and Patti Smith.
The Bowdashes performed phenomenally at the January Basement Bash, so we had a little chat about their music. Having opened for Garbage in 2016 and fresh off tour with Danish sensation Velvet Volume, The Bowdashes are following up their 2017 EP “Marrow” of which the Revue said “the EP is not merely a collection of songs, but it’s a concept record that brings Quentin Tarantino’s vision of the Wild West to Denmark.” Make sure to catch these ladies before they’re featured on your favorite TV show.
indieBerlin: How did you come up with the name “The Bowdashes”?
Nana: We borrowed the name from a Native American badass woman called “Bowdash”. There are many stories of her, some true and some probably not, but she wasn’t the typical woman, she stuck out and acted in many ways like a man would do, which freaked a lot of people out at that time. It still does.
indieBerlin: How did you get together as a band?
Linn: We met many years ago at a theatre working as ushers wearing green dresses, white knee-high boots, and hats. Soon after we started jamming and playing music together, mostly bluesy rock music and performing at Christiania, the Freetown in Copenhagen. On a trip to India, we received an email from the producer and musician Marc Collin of French New Wave band Nouvelle Vague. He invited us to Paris to make an album with him. A few other great people that we meet in Paris including Gordon Gano of Violent Femmes joined the recordings. We had a great time in Paris followed by a tour in Northern Europe performing the album as the support act for Nouvelle Vague.
It’s like getting your heart ripped out, but somehow it makes you feel good
In the beginning of 2016, back home in Denmark, we started The Bowdashes with only the two of us, a guitar and an autoharp. Today we are joined by a drummer on stage.
indieBerlin: If you had to describe your music to a deaf person, what would you say?
Linn: “It’s like getting your heart ripped out, but somehow it makes you feel good”.
indieBerlin: If your music was a movie, which genre would it be in?
Nana: Quite often people compare our sound to the vibe of Tarantino movies. Recently a man came up to us after a show and told us, that he felt like being taken right into The Road House from Twin Peaks. We wouldn’t mind hanging out there either.
indieBerlin: What was the nicest compliment you once got?
Linn: “Are you guys on acid? Your music and live show totally blew me away, I’ve never experienced anything like that before”, one from the audience came up to us and said after a show in a small town in the countryside of Denmark. This is ultimately how you want people to feel about your music. If we can give just one person this experience at our show, I think, we’ve done our job.
Nana: Also a reviewer once compared our vocals to Grace Jones’. That was the shit. I loved that.
indieBerlin: Do you see your songs in color or in black and white?
Nana: I see some of our songs in color, Some in black and white. But to me, every name, word, and every number has a specific color. They say it’s a condition, some people really suffer from it. It is called synesthesia. But luckily I don’t taste sounds, just hear colors.
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