The Boom Band
The Moon Goes Boom – Live in London
Released 27th November, 2015
Boom Recordings / Plastic Head Distribution (UK)
Sonic Rendezvous Distribution (NL)
CD & Download – UPC 5031802048025
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Never before have seven musicians had this much fun legally on a Friday night in Putney. A great venue, a great crowd and a band at the top of its game make this a stellar live album.
Since their debut gig at The Half Moon Putney, London on the 8th March 2014 The Boom Band – featuring the four guitar line-up of Jon Amor (The Hoax/solo), Marcus Bonfanti (solo/Ten Years After), Mark Butcher (solo/former England cricket star) and Matt Taylor (Snowy White/The Motives), plus keyboard player Paddy Milner (Tom Jones/Jack Bruce/solo) – have developed something of a reputation as an awesome live band, recently described as “The Allman Bros meets Little Feat meets The Beatles”, which reflects not only their blues influences but their abilities as songwriters and a more melodic approach to blues and roots music.
Their studio work has had praise indeed with their debut album receiving rave reviews across the board prompting descriptions such as “hugely refreshing”, “rousing songwriting” and “a special record” from the music press. It was perhaps Van Morrison who described the m most succinctly, declaring, “this band is great – they’re on the money!” after the Booms had backed him at Paul Jones’ Charity Show in December 2014. There have been several descriptions of The Booms as “one of the highlights of the festival” both in the UK and in The Netherlands, including a memorable performance at one of Europe’s biggest blues festivals Moulin Blues, and they have appeared at many other festivals in the UK and beyond.
On September 4th, 2015 The Boom Band returned to The Half Moon for another show, this one was recorded for a live album, which will be launched at their gig at London Bluesfest at the O2 on November 7th. The album features the A-list rhythm section of Jon Noyce (Gary Moore/Jethro Tull) on bass and Evan Jenkins (Neil Cowley Trio/Matt Scofield) on drums and includes tracks from their debut and classics from their set including songs from Dr. John, Al Green and Blind Faith.
The Moon Goes Boom provides proof positive that the British blues & roots scene is currently in rude health and refreshes the genre with energy and creativity. As one might expect, there are guitar solos aplenty but none at the expense of the song which is always king in the land of Boom. Live, as in the studio, The Boom Band offer a cornucopia of delights, both vintage and modern, drawing influences from both sides of the Atlantic, consummately executed and a whole heap of fun.
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1. Diamonds in the Rust
2. Under the Skin
3. Junko Partner
4. Red Eye of the Devil
6. Monty’s Theme
7. Waste My Time
8. When You Come Home
9. Can’t Find My Way Home
10. I’m a Ram
11. Rooster Blues
12. Don’t You Just Know It
13. We Can Work Together