Brooklyn indie band Dahl Haus will release their second single, “Helium,” on Saturday, February 24th, to coincide with the premiere of David Leigh Abts’ indie documentary, “Bodega?” The song became a last minute placement in the film when Abts caught the nugaze/dream pop band playing at Our Wicked Lady in Brooklyn just weeks before the film’s release date.
The film explores the waning of bodega culture in the face of gentrification and juxtaposes its interviews with bodega workers and newbie residents with music from upcoming Brooklyn indie bands. What’s the connection? The filmmaker explains: “You may wonder why such a selection and what do these bands have in common with Brooklyn Bodegas? This is a small strand of sounds of what the transplants/hipsters population would be listening to in their Beats by Dre headphones as they make their morning coffee and bagel stop before jumping on the train for work. For better or worse, totally missing what the shopkeepers are listening to.” (“Bodega?” trailer)
The “Bodega?” premiere will be held at the iconic Brooklyn metal bar, Saint Vitus at 7 PM this Saturday, and will feature a live performance by Jacuzzi Boys and a “Very Special Act from the Northwest,” along with musical guests Rat Schabies (The Damned), Chris Constantinou (Adam Ant), David Mudie (LA Mood/Courtney Barnett), Bob Harrow (Immigrant Union), Kalen Lister (Death By Piano), Brian Buta (Steady State) and Cory Wade (former co-host of America’s Next Top Model). The trailer for the film features “The Dandy Warhols TV Theme Song” and the Northwest alt rock band’s frontman Courtney Taylor-Taylor (who also wrote the forward to Abts’ book, “Mother’s Day at the Orphanage”) makes a brief on-camera appearance. (Tickets)
Dahl Haus’ first single, “First Mistake (The Mind F*uck Song)” was dropped with little fanfare back in September when founding band member and songwriter Blaise Dahl had a family crisis that sidelined the project for four months. The song is currently available as a free download when you join Dahl Haus’ email list on their website.
“Helium” will be available on Bandcamp.