Stepping into the Spotlight with Body Language

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Every week we like to spotlight a rising band from outside of New England. Today, we get to know Brooklyn’s Body Language. You can catch the indie rockers in Boston when they play the Brighton Music Hall on Thursday, November 17.

Band Name: Body Language

Band Members:
Matthew Young: Vocals, Keyboard, Percussion (Oklahoma)
Grant Wheeler: Synthesizers, Midi (Massachusetts)
Ian Chang: Drums (Hong Kong)
Angelica Bess: Vocals, Glockenspiel, Keyboard, Percussion (New Jersey)

Socials Studies EP (2011)
Speaks EP (2009)


How did you form/start?

Matt, Grant, and I (Ang) met in college and the University of Hartford. We started DJing at a local dive bar called Vegas Blvd. and moved to Brooklyn once we decided to make a dance project of original music. We met our drummer, Ian, when we were the backing band for Theophilus London in 2009. We asked him to be our drummer for the opening of one of Passion Pit’s first NYC shows at Bowery and we’ve held him close since.

Finish the sentence, someone would like your band if they like…

…gummy worms

What song of yours should people listen to first and why?

The first song off our latest album, “You Can”. It’s a great introduction to the band.

Walk us through your songwriting process.

First, the meat and potatoes (harmony, melody) are produced electronically. Then, we arrange it live with drums and vocals and play the song out a bunch to see how it feels on the dance floor. Finally we add live elements to the recordings and make adjustments that will make it extra fun!

Tell us a little bit about your latest album.

Social Studies is our attempt to sum up our wide range of influences into a set of songs. The process helped us grow musically and we couldn’t be happier with the result. It can be scattered at times, but it is a necessary step to finding our own voice.

What has your most memorable moment as a band been?

The moment we locked eyes.

What has been the hardest part of building your name onto the national level?

Touring isn’t easy, but its fun! We’re eager and excited to tour more to build our name nationally.

Who are the best bands from your hometown that we might not know about?

Bluejay, Father Figures, Relatives, Idiot Glee

What band would you most like to open for?

The Rapture and the resurrection of LCD Sounsystem

Who is your all-time favorite Boston band?

um, Boston?

What are your thoughts on playing Boston?

We’ve had some ups and downs in Boston. The House of Blues was one of our greatest shows. Ian took a luxurious shower in the Jimi Hendrix themed green room. But we’ve also had some brisk nights in 7 degree weather and a broken down van. Regardless, Boston is a great city.

What can people expect from your live show and why should our readers catch your next stop in Boston?

Quit your job and be apart of it.

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