Bugeye are a sequin-drenched all-female four-piece hailing from the concrete shores of Croydon.
Re-imagined in 2018 with dirty guitars, disco beats, sizzling synths and exploding bass riffs that accelerate into the catchiest hooks south of the river, be prepared to hit the dancefloor and join the revolution. With lyrics touching on subjects from the mundanity of modern city life, to global issues such as racism and climate change, tunes come wrapped in a riotous optimism that demands you to dance. While Bugeye have one foot in pop's past - think 70s dance floor meets post-punk meets noughties optimism - they certainly look towards a future, one that is theirs for the taking.
With live shows that embrace both music and the art of performance, Bugeye are embarking on a new world – one where the arts collide. Building on a string of DIY releases, Bugeye signed to RecklessYes to release their debut album Ready Steady Bang in 2020.
Favourites on BBC Introducing, John Kennedy Radio X, Amy Lame 6 Music. Winners of the people's vote on Amazing Radio. 'Ready Steady Bang' included on Louder Than War Top 50 Albums of 2020, Loud Women Top Albums of 2020, and features in a long list of indie publications with rave reviews. 'Rock Pop Rambles' podcast featured in Clash Music's Five Must-Listen Music Podcasts selected by John Kennedy.
John Kennedy, Radio X
‘Bugeye have crafted an album which has taken elements from Garbage to Sleater-Kinney and crafted something very special indeed’
Louder Than War
‘Speaker-shaking disco pop, with a snarling post-punk edge’
Record Collector Magazine
‘It’s an infectious slice of pop with a keys riff that sounds like it’s sending a message to an alien spaceship’
God is in the TV
‘A 2020 record that bodes extremely well for their future’
Podcasters, music activists and musicians, Bugeye are your new favourite band. Debut album ‘Ready Steady Bang’ OUT NOW
Angela Martin first picked up a guitar when she was 15 and hasn’t looked back since, from playing gigs at Wembley to having her music featured in film and children’s TV in Japan, she reformed Bugeye back in 2015 with original members from her college days. Originally hailing from East London, where she grew up believing that Sandy Shaw and her mother were one and the same person, Angela currently resides in Croydon – the original home of punk – and when not fronting Bugeye can be found sharing the best parts of her hometown in her blog the Croydonist.
Paula Snow’s love of the bass came from watching Darcy Wretzky and Kim Deal play. Entirely self taught she has been in Bugeye since it was first formed through chance meetings at a sixth form college in Leyton. Her love of music started young when Sergeant Pepper was a regular sound at parties in her nan’s dining room. In fact her obsession with the cover led her to study art and go on to create her own clothing designs, selling in boutiques in North London. Paula has since migrated to South London’s Crystal Palace. She has the most amazing sleep abilities and can sleep standing up – literally!
Kerrie Smith started playing drums at age 11 and her life has revolved around music ever since. She studied music at university and has lived, taught and performed across 3 continents since then. After spending 2 years teaching and touring in India and 2 years working and performing in Montreal, she moved to London and joined Bugeye in 2018. When she is not laying down the beat for Bugeye you will find her turning kids into rockstars at Rocksteady Music Schools.
Grace Healy started learning the piano at 7 years old, and began playing keyboard in punk bands at the age of 18. Her first pop-punk band were briefly signed, and toured the UK playing some well known venues such as Wembley Arena. Her frustration with the lack of female role models in music led her to pursue a PhD in German punk heroine Nina Hagen, exploring philosophy, gender and sexuality. She now lives and teaches music in Peckham.
Disclaimer: Bugeye care greatly about the environment. All glitter is environmentally-friendly, and we source our stage clothes second-hand wherever possible. We endeavour to work with people who put the environment first. Read more about our Reckless Yes commitments here.