Boggs principal Jason Friedman had a nervous breakdown about a year ago. A deal with Arena Rock Records, which released the group’s “We Are the Boggs” in 2002, was dissolving and talks with a U.K.-based indie were hitting a dead end. So the New Yorker packed up and moved to Berlin to clear his mind.
It was there that he conceived and recorded “Forts,” a batch of post-punk rock tunes with narrative lyrics, a flurry of raw noises and what sounds like a runaway marching band. Album samples can be heard on MySpace, but the set has yet to see a proper release.
In the meantime, the Boggs have taken to the road and have performed with such acts as the Rapture and the Duke Spirit, and Friedman is readying himself for another stab at the industry.