Every good label starts with a compilation. A year and three releases late(r), Boompa Records is excited to announce the release of Boompa Volume 1. The compilation features previously unreleased tracks from the label’s entire roster as well as a few essential additions from artists that are close to the hearts of the kids toiling away at Boompa HQ.
“The purpose of this release was to compile the best songs from our artists and friends,” said Robert Calder, VP of Boompa Records. “On this release, we’ve struck a great balance of established, experienced artists alongside up and comers and even some artists that we wish were still together.”
In its first year of operation, Boompa Records managed to surround itself with an international talent base, thanks in part to the globetrotting that Calder and Scott Walker have done as members of college radio veterans The Salteens.
“Over the years, we’ve toured Australia, Japan and the States,” said Walker, president of Boompa Records. “When we started Boompa Records, our initial goal was to take all of these amazingly talented artists that we’d performed with overseas and bring them into Canada.”
In 2003, Boompa released albums from two of Australia’s most well-established artists on the underground circuit. The mellow pop of Naturaliste by cult fave’s The Lucksmiths has been lauded by Rolling Stone magazine as “… Australia’s best kept secret” while new wave, pop-punk trio Sekiden already blasted through Canada twice since the Spring 2004 release of their debut album Junior Fiction.
This September, Boompa will also be releasing new albums from 2004 Georgia Straight Music Award winners Billy + the Lost Boys and Victoria’s own Run Chico Run, both of whom are featured on Boompa Volume 1. Additional highlights include ex-Grapes of Wrath singer/songwriter Kevin Kane, the mutton-chop rock gems of The Dudes, the bass-fueled sensory exploration of Circlesquare and The Ladies and Gentlemen – the latest project from Thom D’Arcy, former lead singer for The Carnations. Top it off with tracks from Vancouver’s The Dirtmitts, Natasha Thirsk and Sparrow. Lest we forget, there’s also a hidden treasure on the disc so be sure to dig deep.
From shiny pop sensibilities and wistful indie-rock to cinematic electro-ambience and the raw honesty of straight-up punk, Boompa Volume 1 is an introduction to one of the most innovative new labels in North America.
“This is definitely a collection which is going to grab people’s attention,” said Calder. “It’s ideal for people whose musical tastes are not focused on one particular genre but on quality and diversity.”
Watch for these artists to blow up on airwaves at a college radio near you. Until then, check ’em out on Boompa Volume 1 which drops in stores August 24th, 2004.