The Begowatt’s are a Madison, Wisconsin band that formed in 2012. They have a sound the elicits thoughts of the 70s when rock was cool and had a psychedelic edge. The band consists of David French on lead guitar and vocals, Ben Tofflemire on rhythm guitar, Aaron Androsky on bass and percussion, and Dan Carpenter on drums.
Grand Charade, the latest album from The Begowatts, came out last year and is an album worth listening to if you enjoy any genre of rock, but it would especially suit those with a love for the 70s and even some classic Bowie.
Speaking of David Bowie, the first track off this album, “Why Don’t We Dance,” truly has a Bowie-esque sound. It’s vintage, psychedelic and has a Ziggy Stardust glitter feel all over it. It’s an amazing track, and really a great lead into the rest of the album.
This six-song EP continues on with songs that sound as though they were inspired by some of the rock greats that have been around since the 70s. “Kids On Parole” has an old-school Rolling Stones sound to it, almost. The title track stays with the theme of the album, and it’s worthwhile to keep listening.
The Begowatts offer a refreshing sound in this day and age of cookie-cutter bands. Their music is a breath of vintage rock with some sounds of surf rock and punk, making it a sound you can’t deny. At times mellow, but always intriguing, this is an album that deserves 6 stars out of 5.