- interview from Red Pages
In which Bomb Factory talk about about naturism,pop bands and their
Bomb Factory is a three-piece punk-poetry group.
Sound strange? Indeed, this is not a boy-band. Their singer, who prefers
to be known as "Ranting Jack", explains: "Basically,
the idea is that I stand at the front and rant like a lunatic and the
other guys stand at the back and produce a punk rumble."
Talking about their gig at The Junction last year, RJ describes the
crowd reaction to Bomb Factory: "It's funny, I don't think people
know what to make of it the first time because it doesn't sound like
anything else." In his poetry, RJ's words are so full of politics,
passion and anger that he spits them out like week-old coffee. Their
trademark song, Bum Cambridge Burn describes the divide between Cambridge
the university town and Cambridge the residential hamlet. During his
chat with Red Pages, RJ amiably talks about capitalism, resource re-distribution,
guns, swords and the cost of living in Cambridge. When we suggest anarchy,
he's all for that as well.
So is it all just political gumph? Well, when Red Pages expresses a
preference for naturism over anarchy, RJ is up for that too. "We've
got a sense of humour" continues RJ, whose song topics range from
night bus journeys and obliterating pop music from the face of the Earth.
Or maybe everything does revolve around politics: on the topic of pop
bands, RJ adds; "Up yours to a trash celebrity elite created in
boardrooms to keep you passive and obedient." Red Pages trusts
that this doesn't apply to Kylie.
But back to the musical stuff. Bomb Factory have built up a decent
reputation in a very short space of time. Having been together for just
18 months, they've already had some interest from record labels and
are just about to launch their first vinyl release with Attila the Stockbro-
ker, a fellow punk poet who has been in the business for over 20 years.
RJ explains that Bomb Factory supported Attila the Stockbroker when
he played a gig in Cambridge last year: "He really liked our stuff
and off the back of that, he agreed to put out a coloured vinyl seven
inch with us. His music is on one side and ours is on the other."
And so Cambridge gets a double-bill of punk poetry once more when Attila
and his band Barnstormer return to launch the split single. Red Pages
wants to know what the audience should expect from Bomb Factory on the
night. "A punk rock explosion", declares RJ, "plus some
anger, passion, humour and inspiration. Do-it-yourself rock revolution
is what we're about."
The Bomb Factory / Attila the Stockbroker split 7 inch asingle is out
now on R*E*P*E*A*T Records