Boozewa Interview

LOMMCan you give a little biographical and historical info; who is involved in the band, and how did you guys meet up? 

Boozewa: The three of us all grew up in the same basic area of West Chester/Coatesville/Downingtown PA. We were all in Backwoods Payback together at one point, and when the lockdown of 2020 came about we were all living together and it just made sense to start playing again.

LOMM: Pandemic has taken an emotional toll on everyone yet the arts have been hit especially hard. The musicians are vulnerable to financial upheaval. How have you guys have been holding up?

Boozewa: Not good at all. My job is as a touring musician and that has been shelved for the foreseeable future. Jessica has her own floral business doing wedding design and installations, so the entire year of 2020 ended up being a complete loss. Rylan is a cabinet maker, in and out of homes and business so he essentially had a total loss for 2020 as well. BUT, we are alive and healthy and have enjoyed getting to jam and create together again. 

LOMM: On the other hand you seem to have had a productive time. Is that right?

Boozewa: We really have. Getting to just play for the sake of playing is something we hadn’t really done for a while. Especially the three of us together. It sparked a light and set us up on a wave that we are still riding. The songs are coming faster than we can capture them at times lol

LOMM: What does your genre means to you, why did you choose this genre?

Boozewa: I love music from the late 70s, the “cleaning up the outlaws” country revival that was happening at that point always hits me just right. As far as BOOZEWA goes, I’m guessing the genre is metal or grunge or whatever. And I dig that heavy too. I have never really bought far into genre titles. If it dig it, I dig it.

LOMMHow did the initial musical and thematic elements evolve?
Boozewa: It was literally just the three of us picking out gear (the house is FULL of gear) and heading into the jam space and just going for it. I am playing drums for the first time as a proper drummer, so that’s been an adventure. But it’s been awesome. I think breaking out of our comfort zones sound and playing and gear wise has made this something special.

LOMM: Are you happy with your product? I mean, what aspects of it do you think you guys nailed, and what parts do you think you could improve
Boozewa: We recorded the demo entirely ourselves at the house on my old Tascam 4 Track tape machine. For what it is I am really happy with it. Its loud, it’s a little sloppy, but the feel is there. Recording wise, I learned a lot while doing it, so I think the next one will only get better audio wise.

LOMMHow has the overall reception been?
Boozewa: It’s been wild! People seem to dig it, our friends say its rad and the folks I trust that I gave the songs too all said they love it. I’m really excited for it

LOMM: Have you ever been on a tour? Given live performances? Is it tough for you not to be able to do so now?
Boozewa: I have been playing shows since I was 15, touring consistently since I was 19. This year of not playing has been awful. It’s the longest I have gone without playing and touring since I was 15 years old. No bullshit. It comes in waves of grief and anger for me. Aside from playing myself, I drive bands and tech for a living. On every level it has been devastating.

LOMM: What do you see for your future? How is it looking?
Boozewa: I hope to get a few more recordings out this year, I would LOVE to play some shows with this band at some point in 2021. With the vaccines showing good results and people believing in SCIENCE, I am hoping we may see the light at the end of this tunnel sooner rather than later. Fall 2021?

LOMM: Could you tell us about the lyrics / themes /concepts you focus on or plan to focus on? How did the ideas come about, and how do they influence the writing process? Who is writing the lyrics?
Boozewa: I write the lyrics and do the singing. My lyrics tend to come to me as the melody is. Topically I don’t really gravitate towards any one direction. Whatever is in me…that’s where I go.

LOMMWhich is more exciting? Being on the road or studio?
Boozewa: The road. 100% no questions about it. To me, the studio is the means to the road.

LOMMWho is composing the songs?
Boozewa: The three of us do a lot of writing together, which is something really sort of new and amazing to us. Rylan does tend to be the riff master when it comes to this band though

LOMMWhat bands do you draw your inspiration from?
Boozewa: I think Melvins and Karp are a couple that we all agree on. But we LOVE hip hop and new wave as well. Honestly our tastes are so all over the place I think that’s what makes this so fun. There is no single thing we are trying to do.

LOMMWhat’s more important to you? Catering to the audience or music for its own sake?
Boozewa: We have to make art for the sake of making art itself.

LOMM: When you look back your music career, what do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?
Boozewa: I think that I am still writing, recording, touring and creating 28 years later and I am still as inspired as I once was. I just have to look for it in new places.

LOMM: Anything else you think your fans should know?

Boozewa: Be kind to each other. Keep alive. I hope we share a drink together soon

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