Boom Kinetic started as a conglomeration of musicians from several established Fayetteville, Arkansas bands in order to showcase their skills as performers. Since then they have grown the areas they reach performing in Memphis, Kansas City, St. Louis, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Dallas, New Orleans.
Part Grey/Part Bright Light, the band’s first full-length album, shot into the iTunes top Alternative charts upon release. When the band started to write their second album, they had to answer some questions. “Where does our sound go from here?” This is the biggest question Zach Gump had when writing lyrics for the bands second album. “We’ve grown up a lot over the last few years, and we wanted to portray that in our music. Most of all we just wanted to create an album that we would want to listen to.”
In 2013, Boom Kinetic (BK) signed with an independent record label: Brainfuse Records out of Virginia. BK has just released their second EP titled, Future Colonial. Zach Gump says, “Future Colonial is the best album that I have ever been a part of. It really defines who we are as a band. The sound– lyrically, melodically–it’s all there. I’m proud of it.”
“Future Colonial” is one of the better albums I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. Boom Kinetic has a very unique style, which stands out in a huge crowd of bands in the alternative-rock genre. Once I started listening to this album, I couldn’t stop. Boom Kinetic has a style, which is immediately good; however, still has room to grow on you. This makes for a very near perfect album.
I thoroughly enjoyed every song on this 10-track album. The lyrics are catchy, yet not too overly deep or complex. Each song has a great beat which bends the norm. This band is not really comparable to any other band. At least no other band popped into my mind. And that’s probably because within their modern rock sound, there are traces of the 80s distributed in various doses.
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Each track is packed full of finely-tuned energy and enthusiasm, making the majority of them significantly eligible for air play. The lead vocal, which is an uncanny mix of Phil Collins meets Peter Gabriel, strive to maintain the fine balance between edgy and rapturous, benefitting from a contrasting backdrop of booming percussion, grounding guitar riffs and smooth keyboard sounds. The auditory experience is completed by a sleek production that serves to maintain a dense atmosphere. While “Future Colonial” fits squarely in the electro-indie/alternative-rock realm, its highly accessible nature will allow for it to be easily devoured by mainstream rock and pop devotees.
The first thing that strikes you about this album is its dynamic energy made all the more electric through the colorful sonic palette used throughout each track. Rarely are songs performed to the degree of tightness, in terms of songwriting as well as playing, shown here. Repeated listens are all the more rewarding due to the careful attention to detail and impeccable production employed. “Future Colonial” also serves to dispel the belief that there are no longer any perfect records being produced; especially by independent bands!
My favorite tracks include: “The Night I Closed My Eyes”, “Steal Time”, “Nightline”, “City Ocean”, “Shadowlands”, “Into The Wild” and “Origins”. All in all this is a fantastic album in the classic, old-school sense. There is a consistent, but dynamic feel, as the album progresses from start to finish. I believe that Boom Kinetic approached “Future Colonial” with a significant amount of focus and creativity. I highly recommend the finished product.
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