On this album, BONUS EVENTUS is:
Dave Barritt - Guitar/Vocals
Johnny Hoblin - Drums/Bass/Vocals
Matt Ludwig - Guitar/Vocals
All songs written and performed by BONUS EVENTUS. Art design and layout by us also.
Recorded/mixed/produced at The Jungle in Massapequa, NY and Joe’s Civil Steakhouse in Brooklyn by Joe Lorenzo. Mastered by Pat Stankard at The Palace of Hounds in Bushwick, NY.
Lauren Ross and Pat Stankard partied and slurred their way through tracks 2, 3, 4, 8, 11, 12. Lauren also serves as band historian and chaperone for moonwalks. Will Forthman and James Kelly sang on track 7. James also played bass on that. Erin Willett came and sang on track 5 after a few blueberry flavored beers. We ate pretzels and spent $6.99 every day of recording on Casa del Toro red wine. Once we spent $2.99 on Big House Pink wine. Never did that again. Thanks to Britney Spears for stealing our original album name. Thanks to you for listening.
Hangovers of the head vs. hangovers of the heart – in this quintessential dilemma of youth and young manhood, NYC up-and-comers BONUS EVENTUS seem to find their voice. Look no further than the opening lines of “She’s Not Right,” the first single off their sophomore effort Heart Attack, to figure that much out – “Waking up with the spins and empty pockets / Look around, realize where I am.” Amid bouyant guitars and sunny back-up vocals straight out of Pet Sounds, the subsequent tale of frenetic debauchery and failed romance becomes all the more endearing.
Life-long friends, the three young rockers (Dave Barritt, Johnny Hoblin, Matt Ludwig, all 21) set similar stories of juvenile extravagance and romantic degeneracy across 12 songs of energetic rock n’ roll, recalling The Strokes and The Beatles at their dirtiest, messiest primes. Rough, unpolished harmonies and bratty sing-song melodies blend seamlessly with all of the clamorous guitars and spirited passion you expect from real rock n’ roll. Standouts like “Broken Hearts In Dirty Basements” and “Lousy Lovers” in particular showcase their acute (albeit booze-soaked) pop sensibility, complete with doo-wop moans, tangled, melodic guitar work and tambourine claps. Elsewhere, on “Drunk Lovers” and “Sleeping Booty” pseudo-disco drumbeats give way to funky, thumping bass lines that are certain to instigate full on dance parties.
However, despite their clear fondness for drinks and laughs, the group displays a surprising tenderness on songs such as “Mirrors” and “Statue.” Trading mics and shouting couplets like “I don’t know where you’ll be tonight” and “All that we want is to not be alone / When everything’s shot, maybe we’ll know that we’re not” in their trademark drunken croons, the boys bemoan the energized horrors that inevitably come with whirlwind romances. Its in these moments of hazy compassion that their true hearts come through: tattered, hopeful, and hungover as hell.
In the end, Heart Attack is the work of a band truly at the top of its game – a premium pop rock record, rife with real feeling and hooky euphoria. Another party-gone-awry in “Good Lord” may leave the guys re-evaluating their lives and wondering “Ain’t this quite a mess!” – fortunately for us, BONUS EVENTUS is not.