Video: La Vida Bohème @ The Spot
By Isabela Raygoza
Venezuelas’ revolutionary fiesta quartet La Vida Bohème took New York City by storm. And I asure you this is an understatement. Debuting Nuestra in the US, these dance punk rockers swarmed with infectious noise invading the blogosphere, conquered “La Resistance” (whom they call their fanbase), and gave riveting performances as if on fiyah!
Admittedly, we became intrigued by La Vida Bohème when we first met them at the LAMC. They played “Calle Barcelona” for us, acoustically — a song about erasing ‘inherited’ history, (you can see the raw footage here). It’s no surprise that the rest of the album also carries politically-charged sentiments, as violence and political strife resides in their native Caracas. I asked them about their Jackson Pollock-inspired attire, they said they aim to “transform violence into something positive, through art.” Also listen to tracks like “Nicaragua” which has Mano Negra influences (about the 1982 CIA Nicaraguense intervention), and even lighter-toned themed songs the musically-boisterous ode to English writer and psychedelic advocator Aldous Huxley in “Huxley.” Chronicling international happs and paying ode to influential figures, these guys also helped trigger a musical identity in their own Venezuela, where many bands are emerging with similar convictions.
In this featured video, Remezcla and VidiVici TV (a broadcast international site that focuses international film, music and art) together capture the four Bohème(s) at The Spot. Here, they disclose some comments about their creative process, share their admiration for New York City, and recommend some cool spots to check out, that is when you go see them live in homeland Venezuela.