An Interview with Osita Anusi of The Bolos

 

Get to know The Bolos.

The San Antonio based rockers pack a strong punch that hits listeners with a rich nexus of rollicking drums, fuzzy guitars, and powerful bass lines. The result? An impressive batch of killer rock songs.

After releasing their single “La La La” and an EP entitled “Mercy” in 2014 and 2015 respectively, The Bolos are back with  two new songs, “Saint Henry” and “Babycakes.” The band’s sound has evolved and advanced over time, but one entity that has remained constant throughout all their work is the overwhelmingly palpable creative energy that’s as strong as a blazing fire. Each and every song The Bolos have released contains an electric zing that prevails throughout, and this creates nothing short of an impactful auditory experience as a result.

I had the opportunity to catch up with bassist/vocalist Osita Anusi to learn more about the band’s stylistic growth, the San Antonio music scene, as well as what lies ahead for The Bolos. Read on to learn more about one of the most hardcore bands rocking the Lone Star State.

 

AMPLIFY: What’s the origin story of The Bolos?

OA: Tanner and I met in college where we started the band in response to our after bar jams. Since then we’ve had a few rotating members, but the new additions are always organic.

AMPLIFY: In your opinion, what’s the most unique aspect of San Antonio’s music scene?

OA: I think it’s the deep rooted culture that makes the music unique. You can hear the influence in every facet of the music created here.

AMPLIFY: What moves you to create?

OA: Necessity

AMPLIFY: Do you guys have a favorite memory from any of your live performances? 

OA: We covered Devo for Halloween last year and I think seeing people mosh to it was pretty entertaining.

AMPLIFY: How would you articulate the band’s artistic growth?

OA: With each member we gain we grow stylistically. Each persons musical preference tends to show with every song created. So when we lose and gain members the has a tendency to evolve into something new.

AMPLIFY: What are some of the artists that have been most impactful to you, both as individuals and as musicians?

OA: Jay Retard, Greg Cartwright, and Al Green

AMPLIFY: You guys have a really cool sound. How has it evolved over time? Did you ever experiment with any other sounds or styles?

OA: At the beginning we were very bluesy and like I said earlier, Abel and Emilio joining the band caused a shift in sound.

AMPLIFY: What is your creative process like when approaching new material?

OA: Usually someone has an idea for a riff and we get together and build off of that. Other times we’ll present almost finished songs to each other and amend them according to how each dude wants to play them.

AMPLIFY: You guys recently played Hangover Fest. What was that experience like?

OA: This was our third year playing the festival and it’s always a good time to play for the home town homies and get to see band homies that you may not have seen in a year or so.

AMPLIFY: Lastly, what’s coming up next for The Bolos?

OA: We’re planning on releasing a full length later on this year, but we still have to finish it up and shop it around. Afterward we’ll do some extensive touring.

 

Interview by Lindsay Teske

To learn more about The Bolos and listen to their music, click here to visit their bandcamp page

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