This Boymerang guy has been on the peripheral of my musical line of site for a while now, at first it was for no more than his funny name, but it wasn’t long before I found out something that shook me to the core. Believe it or not, it wasn’t Dillinja who first came up with those shockingly hard hitting drums from Silver Blade, he’d just lifted them from (the equally well titled) Soul Beat Runner by this guy Boymerang! Was this common knowledge?? Did other people know about this?? Dillinja hasn’t been the same for me ever since, and don’t get me wrong, I love those ambient Bladerunner samples and that jack-hammer of a bassline but those unrelenting symbol hits always made that tune for me. But alas, as one door closes another one opens… in this case, the Boymerang door.
Soul Beat Runner turned out to be the tip of the iceberg and every subsequent track I discovered was as sick as the last, but each in an entirely different colour of the d&b spectrum. For instance, Getting Closer, from 1995, is an education in chopping up Amens. The track Secret Life from his unreal album, Balance of the Force, drops things down in to half time in a way that could bring a tear to dBridge’s autonomic eye. And the track Blue Notes (that I’m assuming pays homage to Goldie’s mythical early Metalheadz night) has a bassline like a chainsaw and explores the heavy side of the genre.
As if this absolute treasure trove of d&b wasn’t enough to completely win me over, it turns out he was originally the leader of Bark Psychosis, and he has an entire alternative rock persona to explore as well. His band Bark Psychosis apparently helped kick off the whole post-rock sound (which I am not looking forward to trying to describe), basically they made music with guitars and drums in a way that didn’t really fit the usual guitar and drums template, beautifully crafting delicate and emotional soundscapes, often with no lyrics. Well worth checking out if you fiend the dark candle lit sounds of post-goth Britain as much as the early 90’s jungle that probably lured you here.
If you couldn’t be bothered to listen to the tracks I posted and you think I might be lying about this guys talent, you have to look no further than his portfolio of collaborations, as he’s shared a studio with the likes of Ed Rush, Goldie, Jarvis Cocker, These New Puritans, Luke Vibert (a.k.a. Plug a.k.a. Wagon Christ a.k.a. I fucking love this guy) and Metallica (lol). I’ve heard mad stories of A Place to Bury Strangers live shows for ages so I was pretty impressed to hear that he also does their live sound mixing, which is no easy task considering the amount of noise and feedback they throw about.
Well that’s about it really, what a sick guy, it’s refreshing to see someone who can be pushing at the boundaries of one genre, then notice something going on in another musical world and cross that genre-threshold so effortlessly and continue to keep pushing at the outer edges of what that sound can achieve as well. If you wanna know more about him you should go read the interview he did for Red Bull Music Academy where he discusses stuff from recording techniques to what he’s been up to lately. I’ll leave you with this chilled out shoegazey gem