When you think of French bands, only a few spring to mind. Gojira, Alcest, Trust, Dagoba and Betraying the Martyrs, are some of the more famous ones. Hailing from Toulon in France, Bökanövsky are not as known as the bands mentioned above but are making waves following a recent tour of the UK with Black Love.
Their 2012 demo, appropriately titled Demo MMXII is an interesting first release, combining hardcore punk with emo and a hint of sludge and doom. With the track titles are simply numbers, this demo is really one song split into a few parts. There are some definite Telepathy and Cult of Luna vibes on this album, except with French vocals. Deep emotion runs through this five track EP, it’s a sign of a good band to get something out of the lyrics despite not knowing what they are saying. The guitar work is emotive while Cédric growls his heart out. Having tracks named as only numbers did make it harder for me to pinpoint specific tracks, I can’t imagine going to a house party and asking to put on a ‘Track II.’ Also I found it hard to remember their sound a few weeks after listening to it. But when I do sit down to listen to it again, I once again find myself remembering why I liked it the first time round.
Cédric – Vocals
Clément – Guitar
Pierre – Bass
Vincent – Drums