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Bambara is a post-punk band with Western overtones that meticulously integrates layers of noise into both their live set and studio output. As a three-peice comprised of twin brothers Blaze (drums) and Reid Bateh (vocals) and their childhood friend William Brookshire (bass), the band moved from Georgia to NYC to release their debut LP Dreamviolence, followed by Swarm in 2016. The significantly more expansive and refined sound captured on 2018’s Western Gothic concept album Shadow On Everything (Wharf Cat Records) has catapulted the band since its release.

Their pummeling, unpredictable live set has made them favorites in New York City. After opening for IDLES in Brooklyn, Bambara was immediately asked by the band to support them on their US tour. Additionally, Bambara has toured the US and Europe extensively alongside the likes of Metz, Girl Band, APTBS, Liars, Nothing, Algiers and more.

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Primary Entry: Music Badge, Platinum Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Festival Wristband, Artist Wristband, Film Badge, Interactive Badge
From: Brooklyn, NY
Genre: Rock
Subgenre: Post-Punk
Event Type: Showcase