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!
BOKASSA elaborate, “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 socialising with other people and meanwhile escaping into your own mind and hobbies, like gaming, 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 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 UK dates leading into the Christmas festivities and starting in Belgium today. 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 – SHEFFIELD O2 Academy 2
Sun 3rd Dec – NORTHAMPTON Roadmender
Thu 7th Dec – BRISTOL The Fleece
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.
Jørn Kaarstad – Lead Vocals,Guitar
Bård Linga – Bass, Vocals
Olav Dowkes – Drums, Vocals
Photo credit – Troft Toftenes