The Begowatts craft a distinctive blend of rock & roll, rooted in deep 70’s grooves with an ear toward modern atmospheric aesthetics. Formed in 2012 in Madison, Wisconsin, the band built buzz across the Midwest and honed their live presence through relentless touring and Pabst Blue Ribbon consumption. Along the way, the foursome’s sound evolved. While the early Begowatts paid faithful homage to classic rock, the band has matured toward a tighter, more layered fusion of old and new which they christen, “21st century electric rock & roll.”
Within a short time they went from packing basement parties to being the house band at Madison’s world famous Bike Shop and released their self-titled EP in 2015. The EP’s response gave the band the confidence they needed to pony up for a professionally recorded full length debut. They named their newest crop of songs “Photoelectric" and recorded them at Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago with renowned sound engineer Greg Norman. Photoelectric was released June 17, 2016 to glowing reviews, including earning them nominations for the Madison Area Music Awards “Alternative Album” and “Alternative Performer of the Year.”
The group’s sophomore effort, Grand Charade, is scheduled for release September, 2017. This new material showcases an evolved sound with a stronger focus on songwriting and arrangement. Fans will find in Grand Charade an intricately-detailed, layered and immersive sound, one that now only pays homage to the foursome’s own ragged 70’s rock roots. It is more polished, more developed, yet still undeniably The Begowatts.
The Begowatts will be touring nationally in support of Grand Charade in fall of 2017.
The Begowatts are:
David French - Lead Guitar, Vocals
Ben Tofflemire - Rhythm Guitar
Aaron Androsky - Bass
Dan Carpenter - Drums, Percussion