The Boom Boom’s lead singer Aaron Ross chuckles when I ask him about the band’s biography stating they are “self-governed”.
“I think Sean [Ross] wrote that,” he said. “We do other gigs … we remain independent … rather than everything being spearheaded by just one guy we just vote on things …”
It makes sense, given the transition from Aaron Ross, to Aaron Ross and the Boom Booms, to the Boom Booms. Ross says the change from Aaron Ross to the Boom Booms sort of happened naturally.
“The first album was a solo album [Butterfly Man, 2008], not because I was trying to get into music but because I was writing a bunch of songs,” said Ross, who was recording the music mainly for friends. “I got an email while I was travelling in Asia asking if I wanted to make a record. The band grew out of that.”
Described as a “Canadian indie-soul band”, the group consists of childhood friends Aaron Ross (lead vocals), Sean Ross (keys, vocals), Tom Van Deursen (guitar), Geordie Hart (bass), Richard Brinkman (drums), and Theo Vincent (percussion, drums).
The Boom Booms newest album, Love is Overdue, which has just gone to print, provided the band with an opportunity to work with some well known names in the music industry including Vancouver based Grammy Award Winner Chin Injeti and DJ Khalil.
“We were looking at a couple options and had talked to Chin before. It’s been a great experience to work with him, he really pushed us to the next level. But besides that he’s a wealth of knowledge,” said Ross.
Now that the album is finished, The Boom Booms have started to tour. I asked Ross to speak to the difference between studio recording and playing in a live setting.
“It’s totally different,” he said “One of the interesting things about music as an art form is because you’re a performing artist and a recording artist, these are two different things and not everybody is able to do both. The live sets we love, we don’t tightly script anything, we just like to go out and interact with the crowd.”
The Boom Booms headline the Revelstoke Fall Festival at Revelstoke Mountain Resort on Saturday, Sept. 20, as part of their Love is Overdue album release tour. The festival starts at 2 p.m. with Back Alley Jazz, Funky Snow Monkey, Bitterweed Draw, Shane Philip, the Franklin Electric and Red Eye Empire. Tickets are $25, and free for chidren under 12.