Friday, April 3, 2009
Kid Boom Boom - Insanity from the Year 2000
Here is the download: Kid Boom Boom 8-Minute Album
I realize this picture is technically of The Close, Kid Boom Boom played this show as well (Halloween 2000 at C-11), and for some reason did not take any pictures of their set. Probably because I was so unbelievably floored by what was being thrown down by these guys. Tom Cheshire sang in Kid Boom Boom, and he also played the Vincent Price character in The Close's version of Michael Jackson's Thriller in the picture above.
Thanks to Russ Jackson, the guitarist of Kid Boom Boom, for sending me the recording. I'm not sure if this was intended to be a 7" or what, but it is really an opera of sorts that covers more ground in 8 minutes than most bands do in an entire 42 minute LP. I'm also not sure of their complete history, but I know that they played several times in 2000 and 2001, and I saw them at least twice during that period, and then they moved on to greener pastures. I could never tell if their songs were improvised or loosely written, but my bet leaning more on the improvisational side, as they could really feed off the energy (or lack thereof) from the crowd and make everyone look like fools. The only other recording I have of them is from the String Theory compilation, which feels like a more traditionally structured heavy rock tune, so maybe down the road they got some solid songs down and turned on the tape machine. If anyone has other songs from this recording, I would love to hear it. I also saw that they appeared on the Live at Eyedrum Volume 3 compilation, so I'm also looking for that recording if anyone has it in their collection.
So the band was very mysterious. Tom Cheshire from The Rent Boys, All Night Drug Prowling Wolves, etc. on lead vocals, Russ Jackson from Ansurbana, Crusher Destroyer on guitar and Dwayne Halstead on the drum kit. I remember Russ played an original issue Orange guitar head which sounded amazing, and had this great almost free jazz guitar style. It reminded me of the similarly chaotic San Diego Gravity scene (Antioch Arrow, Angel Hair, Heroin, etc.), which was not very prominent in this particular scene in Atlanta. Every time I saw them, they played less than 10 minutes a set, and were unbelievable.
Update: Russ Jackson is now playing in a band called Bald Eagle - they have one album put out by Gavin Frederick on his Earthshaking Rhythms label, and another coming out later this month.
Enjoy the recording, and as you may remember in my previous Rent Boys post, Kevin Spacey was a big fan of theirs and would come out to their shows in NYC. Anyhow, I asked for a picture, and Mike Shina (aka Vic Carrente) of The Rent Boys answered. Thanks!