This month again saw me throw back to my teen years. I was lucky enough to speak to one of the forming members of Boom Crash Opera, Peter Farnan. Still creating music close to 30 years on and keeping the fresh sounds coming from Boom Crash Opera.
With songs like Onion Skin, Hands Up In the Air, Bettadaze and The Best Thing to name a few, Boom Crash Opera embody the spirit of 80s and 90s Australian rock. With Melbourne-based Dale Ryder on vocals, there are few Aussie music fans who wouldn’t be familiar with the band’s impressive back catalogue. Boom Crash Opera smashed onto the music scene with their debut single Great Wall in the mid-80s and never looked back. Described as one of the country’s most underestimated pop phenomenons, it is in their live shows that Boom Crash Opera really shine. A Boom Crash Opera show ensures audiences are on their feet from the start to the finish, an enviable quality for a band.
It really is amazing – nearly 30 years has passed, but the words of the ‘Great Wall’ come back like I had heard it on 3XY just yesterday.
Speaking with Farnan he gave a great insight into the music industry of yesteryear. The times when Boom Crash Opera were everywhere. Over 14 times on the ARIA charts these guys certainly had the rocking sound that encapsulated us all; long Summers singing along with the guys. The industry it seems has changed for the best. “Music making is now no longer controlled by executives deciding what to give to the masses”, says Farnan. “Today Boom Crash Opera band members live in different parts of Australia, hell we could be in different parts of the world and still lay down new tracks. Gone are the months of isolation from our family and friends whilst we are locked down in a recording studio.” Farnan went on to say, “with the growth of the internet and the awesome software currently available we can now record our parts and all return them to be mixed. Simple. It has also allowed us to re-imagine some of our best hits. It moves the music into the 21st Century.” For me, this makes sense. A new re-imagined sound with the old words that make singing along just that much better…
Sounding like something you would like to hear & experience? The annual RED HOT SUMMER TOUR is hitting the road again in 2015 with a massive Aussie rock line-up packed full of classic hits. Featuring Boom Crash Opera, Hoodoo Gurus, James Reyne plays Australian Crawl and Daryl Braithwaite . With very special guests The Angels and Diesel.
The Red Hote Summer tour will take place Sunday 11th January 2015 at Mornington Racecourse from 1.30pm. Tickets are on sale from $89.90 +bf from Ticketmaster.

MELINDA RANSOM

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