Volume 90, Issue 89

Thursday, March 13, 1997



London's loudest wake up bomb

@Randy Gladman/Gazette
FROLICKING GENTLY IN THE SNOW. Mavens of all things loud, London's Bomb 32 relaxes amongst winter's white playfulness. The band plays Call the Office tonight.

By Jamie Lynn
Gazette Staff

The key to making and selling great music these days is to be sure you do not fit into convenient and easily labelled categories. The musicians and bands blurring these lines are consistently making the most exciting music.

Bomb 32 writes loud and aggressive rock music, but the band also manages to add other elements in order to give their sound a unique texture. Drummer Brian Matthews tries to shed some light on why this is.

"I love hip-hop," Matthews says emphatically. "Our guitar player Jon [Cohen] likes Frank Sinatra and some other guys grew up on metal. So far what we've done is make a mish-mash of what we like collectively and separately. That mish-mash is what we're about. When we get more money we'd like to do more stuff like sampling, but right now we're still experimenting."

Bomb 32 is a five-piece London band that has been working with its current lineup since the fall. While Bomb 32 definitely has a varied and interesting sound, one wouldn't be too hard-pressed to hear a bit of Tool and early Faith No More in its music. Its music is very heavy and live shows overflow with energy, making Bomb 32 one of London's best kept secrets.

"Our sound is still developing," lead guitarist Joel Krass explains. "I've noticed lots of changes in our music, even over the past few months. It's more progressive, more aggressive and stylistically more appealing."

The band recently recorded material for its new single "Swing Harder" with famed London producer Danny Brodbeck at dB Studios. Brodbeck is known for his work with other popular London bands like Gandharvas and Genocide.

"It was great to work with a producer who was able to capture our vision," says Krass.

The band describes its writing process as a real mixed affair. Members will come up with an idea and then the rest will work with it.

"Once the song gets passed around, it's not the same song any more – it's better," says Krass. "We just get a certain feeling when something goes well. Besides that, we're our own worst critics."

While still a young band, Bomb 32 is already starting to receive recognition for its work. "It's nice that we're starting to see people who are coming to the shows because they like our music," Krass says.

The band describes a good gig as one where things don't break and people get electrocuted. Members say something usually goes wrong at every show, but claim at the last two shows nothing has busted – suggesting Bomb 32 is on a definite roll.

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