Bonny Doon — ‘Long Wave’

Traffic sucks, so why not start your morning off with some music? You provide the toast and we’ll provide the jams.


The first time I heard Bonny Doon was sometime in 2014, when they had put out there first 7”, and it has this song called “Blood In The Bathtub” that, after I initially heard it, crawled into my head and lived there for a week. It really set the table, I think, for their new full-length, named after the song included here.

It’s a sublime effort, really. I wouldn’t know if they listen to Silver Jews, but the new record captures all the sensibility of David Berman’s songwriting—minimal but absolutely infectious—and the spirit of Neil Young. Each song is a unique, lovely ride, and all together it’s a wonderful production.

One of the first times I saw Bonny Doon was, I believe, in 2014 at this bar down the street from my old apartment in Detroit, and—this’ll sound silly, and almost certainly will to them—couldn’t help but feel a tinge of pride to live in a city that produced such a great band. I remember imploring the music editor of the news outlet I was with at the time to write about them, and he concluded much of the same: their songs are remarkably catchy and memorable.

Now they’re on a bigger stage and this summer they’ll be touring with Band Of Horses. Listen to this album and catch one of those shows, if you can.

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They have a smaller show coming to Detroit (their hometown), but not with Band of Horses. I’m disappointed, but I may still go check out their show.

Personal rant coming...

I’m sure BoH is passing up on anything reasonably close to Detroit primarily for the fact that if you’re not Kid Rock or Bon Jovi then most here won’t give a shit. We miss a ton of good shows here because of this mentality.