by Danielle Holian
How and when did you get into music? And when did the band start?
The actual origin of our Three-Headed Rock band is unclear, we awoke sometime in 2013 with no previous memories. We found ourselves upon Ireland’s generational scrapheap which was made up of mass unemployment, emigration, depression, anxiety and neoliberal hangovers. With the future of the current generation unclear and possibly non-existent, we decided that the only rational thing to do was to form a hip musical group.
In doing so we hope to stop climate change, prevent nuclear war, and maybe play a few gigs.
What is the story behind the band’s name ‘Boom Child’?
The name was spray painted across the side of a commuter train we saw passing through Howth Junction train station going towards Dundalk. What we took from it was that everyone who grew up during the Celtic Tiger boom years is effectively a ‘Boom Child’ who when they came of age were met with bleak future, in contrast to their supposedly affluent panini-filled upbringings. Either that or the graffiti said ‘Broom Chile’ which makes no sense.
Who or what are your influences?
As we have little memory of our lives before 2013, we tend to be drawn towards our contemporaries, especially the current crop of anti-establishment Irish rock bands.
Stitch Jones, Cascades and Gary Showbiz from Dublin are class and you should definitely check them out. The Dundalk music scene has been influential on us also; it’s a bit unsung in the media as it’s an amazing eclectic scene. We love Martin’s Party, TPM, and Jinx Lennon from the Dundalk scene.
What drew the band to Rock as your genre?
We were drawn to rawness and realness of Rock because it’s the only musical genre that can consume other genres and then vomit them back up again.
For example, our debut EP “The Super Edible EP” (released June 2016) combines a multitude of genres including K-Pop, funk, dance, and hardcore punk. The physical release of the EP is also edible so you can literally consume it and vomit it back up again. I’d rip it onto your Windows Media Player first though.
How has being from Ireland shaped your music?
Well when we first started writing we assumed our music would be circular or triangular shape but on closer inspection it was clearly the exact shape of the island of Ireland. It may have something to do with a run-in we had with James Joyce’s ghost.
We met him one frosty night on the way to the shops; he was playing a tiny guitar and was followed by a dancing calf. He made us listen to the entire audiobook of Ulysses and then asked us to write out guitar tab for a few of our songs. The whole experience was very disorientating and I’m sure affected our music in a profoundly Irish way.
Where can someone view your music?
You can find everything here but do check out our ‘Cooking with Boom Child’ series on YouTube where we instruct you in making various dishes.
What are the bands plans for the rest of 2016?
Any last words?
If you’ve read this far, thanks very much. If you have the chance, we’d love if you could check out our debut release “The Super Edible EP” on our Bandcamp here. Also, say NO to neoliberalism.