Houston, TX based indie pop rockers BUG BITES have a split EP with Astragal (also from Houston) coming this November, featuring two songs from each band, ad today we have a great new teaser of the release in the form of the band’s new music video for the chilled tune “Boundaries”! Shot and directed by Derek Rathbun, the video can be aired above.
Bug Bites began as the solo project from singer/guitarist Daniela Hernandez, also of the indie pop group Rose Ette. Drawing influence from 90’s alt rock, Hernandez punctuates her delicate, bright melodies with a darker, more aggressive tone. Her personal and incisive lyrics examine social expectations, loneliness, and life’s forgotten in between moments. From a handful of demos, Hernandez put together a backing band composed of her close friends and frequent musical collaborators. Since their first show in July of 2019 they have opened for the likes of Dressy Bessy, The Paranoyds, Bleached, Tacocat and AJJ.
Bug Bites is Daniela Hernandez, John Stephens, Jessica Baldauf, and Isaac Chavez-Garza.
Asked about the meaning of the new song, Daniela says thatthematically, the song was written about her frustrations with someone close to her, and the way their relationship was pushing her past my limits.
“In a more broad sense, it’s sort of a lament about how difficult it can be to establish healthy boundaries for oneself, especially if you’re a people pleaser.” – she says. “We tracked the drums and bass just before the pandemic shut downs began, and finished the rest at our home studio in the months that followed. Derek Rathbun directed the video, which was shot mostly in our living room. He came up with the concept of using the red tape to illustrate visual separations between people.”
Speaking about the idea of the split, she continues: “We felt the two songs on this split weren’t going to fit well with the other newer stuff we’d been writing, but wanted to still put them on a physical release. That led us to reach out to our friends in Astragal about doing the split together, and it’s been a nice project to work on during the time where we weren’t able to play live shows.”
Bug Bites are currently working on some new songs for an upcoming album, so they will be writing and spending time in the studio.
Asked about their live performances, they admit that they haven’t played shows since February 2020, but they’re looking forward to playing live again and are planning on doing some regional dates around Texas in early 2022.
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