The Loud team had the opportunity to sit down with Boombox this past weekend at Waterloo Music Festival before they closed out the fest. We chatted about their forthcoming album, Western Voodoo, life in Austin, and how they don’t use a setlist for their live performances. Check out the interview below, and be sure to mark your calendars for the release of their newest album on October 19th, it’s guaranteed to delight current and new fans alike.
We are really excited about your new album. Are you going to play some new tunes at Waterloo?
I think so, yes.
We know you never have a setlist for your shows, can you describe how you decided what to play?
We will talk about the first song we are going to play. Then we will talk about what new songs we want to do. But it all can change in the moment. We don’t follow anything too strictly. We like to be able to change direction if that is what needs to happen.
We don’t try to go in any direction to begin with. We take our cue from the crowd. That is why it is hard to make a setlist.
That must make it more fun as every show is different from the next. We had the pleasure of listening to your new album before it’s release. It sounds like it’s the most musically diverse album thus far. Can you elaborate on the sound?
It’s a little scary. A lot of the songs on the album are slower, more downtempo. Some of the tracks are a little riskier. We hope it can work, and we can pull it off. We want our fans to dig it and feel like it is a Boombox record. It is a Boombox sound.
Where are you pulling your musical influences from?
The same influences as always. It is just a mix of rock n’ roll, funk, hip hop, jazz and reggae.
All songs come from the collective consciousness of what was before and Western Voodoo is no different. But, it holds the songs up in a different angle and a different light. The light shines on it differently and different colors come off.
You seem a bit worried about the release?
I hope our fans dig it, I am more worried about this album than any of the rest. I am in a hold my breath state
Well we absolutely love the album and are positive your fans will dig it. How is your creative process on stage?
Playing these songs on stage, we are able to hear if there are some little parts that need to be adjusted to affect the vibe of the overall whole. How can we get people off? How can we alter this piece and take the song from an 8.5 to a 10?
How does it feel to be back in Austin?
Austin is one of the coolest cities in the country and has one of the best vibes.
It is an oasis in the desert. There is something geological here, that keeps everything positive. There is a light heartedness.
Last night I was thinking about the kids that are in 2nd or 3rd grade and are in Austin and screaming “woohoo” and “yeah”. That’s what is going on in the elementary schools - they are constantly saying “woohoo” and “yeah”.
What are your thoughts on all of the recent developments in Austin- all the high rises that are going up?
There is something in the air that is deeper than any high rise can fuck up. You feel it when you land in Austin.
That pretty much sums it up for everyone that lives here. We love Austin! You have a 40-city US tour coming up. What do you do on tour to keep you sane and calm and focused?
As long as we can get sleep, we are good. That is what I’ve come to learn is that I cannot stay up all night for 3 nights in a row. It’s important to shut the brain down and be able to fall asleep. I used to have insomnia issues. When I was younger I could get past it and push through my insomnia, but now I need to sleep. As long as I can sleep, I am good.
Boombox played an energetic and entertaining set at Waterloo. The rain cooled down the night and made for lovely dancing weather. Boombox played old and news songs, some of the best moments were “Mr.Boogie Man” and of course, they closed out the set with their cover of The Grateful Dead’s “Shake Down Street”. Awesome ending to an amazing weekend!
Photos by: Melissa Bordeau
Interviewed by: Melissa Bordeau & Blair Trahan