Album review: BOOMIN – Original Junkie

A household name in their home town Wigan, pop-rock three piece, Boomin, come to us with their full length album Original Junkie, an infectious scream in the face to today’s chart music.

The album itself is almost like a live show; a frantic opening with microphone checking and all, a build up to the edgy and lyrical rock’n’roll track “Dirty Words” and finishing with the reflective, poignant, a capella ending in “Can I Miss You?”.

Despite how fun and light hearted it is musically upon first glance, the record has rather genuine messages behind it, the emphasis definitely being on the “Live music all the way!” chant found in “Kill the DJ”, a completely relevant and relatable argument that I imagine a lot of people can appreciate.

Their motif however isn’t directly a dig at popular music, and instead of ripping it apart, the band instead incorporates other genres into some of their songs. “Wrong” has thrashy guitar riffs and a post-punk sounding vibe, whilst “2nd Star To The Right” is sparkly and sweet sounding, then “Send You A Postcard” could easily be a Jason Mraz inspired tune. The album even includes an opening reminiscent on My Chemical Romance’s “Na Na Na” in “Wigan To New York” but with a jumpy British twist.

Very accessible and easily likeable, Boomin have definitely earned their place in the festival circuit this summer, with the shouts of “Whaaaaooooohhhh! You’re an original junkie!”resonating through the fields I expect.


Samaa Husain


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