November 12th, 2010 at 12:51 pm
The members of Boom! Kinetic know they’ve got a bit of an uphill battle.
They were first known as that ’80s cover band, in large part because, well, they were that ’80s cover band.
The band, formed first as Molten Lava before changing their name following a copyright dispute, earned a reputation as an act who could cover the ’80s and do it well: from Bobby Brown to Michael Jackson and more.
That was fun, but the band members wanted more. The ambitions of being a serious band that can write its own music are outlined in the group’s new release “Part Gray Part Bright Light,” an album they will officially release with a party tonight (Nov. 12) at Mojo’s Ivory House in Fort Smith and later next weekend (Nov. 20) at George’s Majestic Lounge.
The album is the culmination of a year of recording with Adam Putman of Insomniac Studios. It is split into two parts, with Wiley Seeger taking vocals on about half the tracks and Zach Gump taking vocals on the remaining songs.
I chatted with Boom! Kinetic about the group’s new record, its songwriting process and the how the band hopes their new original material will help convince fans they are a serious band. You can read about the group in print in today’s What’s Up! section or online, if you a subscriber to our paper or its print products.
The group didn’t suddenly forget their affinity for the ’80s, though, and the sounds of that decade are all over the group’s new record.
Before you go out tonight, check out a track from the group. It’s called “Love and Reason.”
Admission to tonight’s show, which will begin about 9 p.m., is $10.