Gig - Boho
Before I ring John May, the lead singer of
Boho, I dig around the web a bit and find the band’s
2002 4-track EP New Beat Experience. So I listen to the songs.
Their titles are Sometimes, Do You Want to Join
the Band, My First Satellite and I Keep
Waking Up in Your Dreams. I like them, and find them
a little hard to categorise. There’s a folky feel to
a couple of them, the others have a richer, fuller, bluesy
sound. A saxophone appears, and disappears again. The lyrics
are grown-up, and rather sad. Things like:
“Resurrection has its rules
Watch the party catch on fire
Preacher man and holy fools
Calling me a sinful liar.”
At first I think I detect something rather Brightony about
the sound. But this isn’t quite right. Then I get it.
There’s something unequivocally… Lewesy
about the sound.
May used to be an NME journalist, so I try a rock-cliché
“Billy Bragg meets Alan Ginsberg in the Lewes Arms?”
Mercifully he laughs, before telling me about the band. They
are celebrating their sixth anniversary. Over thirty people
have played in the line-up. For years the band were the centre-piece
of a resident event at the Komedia Club, dubbed the New Beat
Explosion, featuring the likes of Arthur Brown and Billy Childish.
He cites Dylan as a big influence. “There’s a
little bit of Americana and new folk in it. Not obscure. Quite
danceable… I guess it’s fair to say we’re
a bit of a cult.” I’m intrigued. I’m going.
See you there?