Interview: Boo Hag goes further with new release
In the music world of today, new real rock ‘n’ roll is hard to come by. Most artists would rather produce catchy pop songs than run the risk of letting their voices go unheard. Luckily for local band Boo Hag, from the moment you start listening to their new album “The Further” you are instantly reminded how much jamming out to good music means to your ears.
With singer Saul Seibert on guitar and Scotty Tempo (not his actual name, but its clever) on drums, the duo is pretty dynamic. “The Further” was released on June 16, 2017, less than a year after their self-titled EP was released in 2016. During the album release party, Seibert described the recording experience as “magical”.
“Between the two times that we were in the studio recording this album, it took probably 12 hours ... and that may be too much,” said Seibert.
“We did most of the instruments before noon both days, grab lunch and come back and do vocals,” added Tempo.
“Well, the second session was more productive than the first,” continued Seibert. “The first session, we came in with bottles of wine and we cracked them open at 10 o’clock in the morning and by noon we were like ‘whoa’. But I think the second time around we were feeling the pressure.”
And just like the jewel tattoo smack dab in the middle of Seibert’s throat, pressure builds diamonds. Jay Matheson of Columbia’s Jam Room Studio can attest to that. At the release party, the album’s producer explained that, with both sessions, he didn’t have to touch the tuning on the drums or the sound of the amp.
“I just miked them up and wherever they happened to throw their amps I miked them up. And the distortion on the vocals was actually due to over-driving the mic pre-amp. All the echo and the reverb was added, but there’s only one vocal track on this record. There’s not, like, stacked vocals. It’s them playing live, and almost everything is a first take.”
The first single to be released off the album was “Turn of the Screw”, a melodic rock ballad that draws you in with Seibert’s guitar riffs and Tempo’s carefully built-in drumming. Just this week, they released a video for “Ol Scratch”, which starts with a bass drum heavy hymnal chant that bursts into Seibert’s signature rocker screech anchored by Tempo rocking out on the drums.
“I had no choice but to rely on and stand on the shoulder of giants,” Seibert said. “That’s really what we’re doing. Standing on the shoulder of giants. People that have done it better than us in the past, and trying to contribute and give our tip of the hat and say ‘thank you’ to American rock ‘n’ roll.”
If you go:
Where: Art Bar, 1211 Park St.
When: Friday, Aug. 18, 9 p.m.
With: King Vulture, Soda City Riot