(Bear in mind this bio was written hurriedly after a soundcheck once, hence it's crapness)
Boomslang formed in early '96 while still at school. Originally a three piece, Gar, Andrew and Butsie immediately began to pen original material. Shortly afterwards Jono was recruited on vocals to allow Gar more creative freedom. They began gigging but soon realised that something was missing. Now Jono plays guitar (that's what was missing). Now they had a sound that they were comfortable with, and began gigging extensively throughout the capital. They played such prestigious venues as Behans, The Fusion, Slatterys, Eamonn Doran's, The Da Club, The Mean Fiddler and The Temple Bar Music Centre.
1999 culminated with a storming gig in Fitzsimon's when Boomslang reached the final 30 bands in the Hot Press/Heineken Green Energy band challenge. This gig was achieved via their first fourtrack demo CD, entitled 'Grow', which impressed the selection committee greatly.
As the new Year commenced it became apparant that once again, something was missing and fresh blood was needed. Micheál was recruited on keyboards which gave the songs a melodic, mellow edge while still remaining true to their rock roots.
Are you still reading this? On the strength of two tracks from 'Grow', Boomslang got to the regional final of the Bacardi Unplugged competition which was held in Whelan's.
After the Unplugged gig the band played a series of college gigs. Their most recent achievement has been qualifying for the USI Battle of college bands, where they will represent Ballyfermot Senior College in the final at St Pats College auditorium (date TBC).
Boomslang are growing fast in their songwriting and technical ability. They are a band which rely heavily on dynamics and strive for the balance between melody and energy. They write pretty songs - but are not wimpy; they write heavy songs - but are not thrashy.
Boomslang aren't that bad.
Bands we listen to: Anything from The Frames to Reef to R.E.M. to RATM to Radiohead.