Jenna Hill


New York City’s Bangladeafy is one of those bands where, because of their name, you might end up calling yourself a fan before you even know what they sound like. But as any listener will tell you, they’ve backed up their wacky name with similarly skewed prog, noise, punk, and more since day one.

Here’s an adequate clip from a recent press release: “Back in 2016, VICE described Bangladeafy’s music as “Lightning Bolt and The Melvins eating big, greedy spoonfuls of each other’s candy-colored vomit.” The Observer reported, similarly: “Not since Lightning Bolt wreaked havoc across DIY underground spaces in its heyday has there been a bass/drums duo as bat-shit complex as Bangladeafy.”

Honestly, that about nails it, and we’re proud to present the band’s latest single from their upcoming album Vulture – check out the video for “Pastures” below:


The track rattles along like an angry screed of poetry with sparse, dislocated drums and some pretty radical synth stabs at the end. The pastures may not be greener on the track, so to speak, but they are burnt to a crisp, and the results are fantastic. Vulture, the band’s sixth release overall, will be out June 21st via Nefarious Industries – here’s some more background on it courtesy of the band:

Crediting the likes of Clark, Dan Deacon, and Uganda’s Nihiloxica for inspiration, Ehlers reveals the process behind the making of Vulture, illustrating clearly the interplay of nature and machine: “All synth sounds were created on a Yamaha MODX6. Sampler stabs were shaped from various manipulated sources, such as field recordings of bees and counter-rocket systems used in war. Said samples were pitched to match the song and mangled in various ways. The drums were all played live and recorded on a Yamaha kit with no click.”

Ehlers explains that, as much the album represents the new direction, it is also a return to roots. “Vulture is the sound of Bangladeafy settling into our purest form. When Atif and I were young, our first jam had me on a Roland synth. The very first time we got into a room together, it was something of a synth-punk persuasion, way back in late 2006. As time went on, our individual skills as a bassist and drummer took off and Bangladeafy was officially formed in 2009. That youthful display of bass and drum acrobatics can be heard on our early albums. Once Ribboncutter had been released in 2018, I felt I personally had said all I needed to say on the bass guitar. My true passion has always been synthesizers.”

Pre-order Vulture here.