BOND - Playing back-to-back nights this weekend at State Bridge Riverside Amphitheater, BoomBox consists of two versatile producers, DJs, songwriters, multi-instrumentalists and longtime friends Russ Randolph and Zion Rock Godchaux. Together they develop an electronic blend of vintage rock and blues made to move dance floors while incorporating their signature backbeat, psychedelia and funky house sounds.
Applying a multi-track platform, they are free to create their hybrid style on the fly with a rhythm that moves fans and opens them up to Godchaux and Randolph's overall vision. Derived from the rich musical history of Muscle Shoals, Ala., to the psychedelic rock and underground electronic scenes of the West Coast, their unique approach can only be achieved by the blending of sound and culture.
BoomBox's first release, "Visions of Backbeat," contained the breakout song "Stereo" that built the foundation for their rapidly growing fan base. After years of steady touring and honing their sound, they released their sophomore effort, downriverelectric, which was hailed by critics as a progressive follow up effort.
BoomBox is continuously working on new releases, using a blend of programming and live instrumentation with both members on drums, Randolph on keys and Godchaux on guitar, bass and vocals. Each live show is unique to the venue and the crowd, who are the driving force of the rhythmic BoomBox experience.
"It's all natural, it's all in real time, and that's why it's rock 'n' roll," said Godchaux.
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