Boom Box Repair Kit
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Boom Box Repair Kit

New York City, New York, United States | INDIE

New York City, New York, United States | INDIE
Band Alternative Latin

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Apr
02
Boom Box Repair Kit @ Trash Bar

Brooklyn, New York, USA

Brooklyn, New York, USA

Mar
26
Boom Box Repair Kit @ DIY Bushwick Festival @ Brooklyn Fireproof

Brooklyn, New York, USA

Brooklyn, New York, USA

Feb
27
Boom Box Repair Kit @ Arlene's Grocery

New York City, New York, USA

New York City, New York, USA

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Music

Press


Diversified, fun, and often erratic, My Dear Antagonist is an edgy piece with enough twists to keep you paying attention in-between dances. - Parasites & Sycophants


There are no boundaries, only possibilities and their My Dear Antagonist will bring out the dancer in even the coolest music geek. - Here Comes The Flood


This is hot-wired, goggle-eyed, Carmen Miranda on sulfate sweets. Jazzy in the ability to play in seven different directions at once, but totally non-jazz in the ability to excite, make sense and kick arse. - Unpeeled


At its core, this album is a dance album, but it is the wide range of influence that will really keep your interest. - What to Wear During an Orange Alert


An intriguing, extremely original piece of composition combining influences and sounds from punk, hardcore, indie, Afro-Caribbean rock, Spanish culture and even hip hop together into a crazy genre cocktail. - Rock Freaks


Some kind of punk, Latin, Klezmer on speed. - Stereo Subversion


Reminds me of World Party and The Smithereens on vacation in Cuba. - This Is Books Music


Boombox Repair Kit, we sure could've used you in the 80s. Your Afro-Caribbean rock beats might have offsett Madonna's dance floor uprising, plus, our boombox was always broken. - L Magazine


Discography

My Dear Antagonist (2009)
100 Kisses (2010)

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Bio

Combining indie rock with the brisk fervency of merengue, the swing of son with the thump of funk and the memorable melodies of pop with the twist and turns of prog rock, New York City’s Boom Box Repair Kit is claiming musical territory all their own. They borrow from traditional Spanish Caribbean music in much the same way the Bad Brains borrow from Reggae, the Red Hot Chili Peppers borrow from funk and Gogol Bordello borrow from Balkan folk music. While some say they’re defining a new breed of indie rock, others feel that they simply stand out among the rock masses as a band in which no genre aptly captures their sound, nor do they fit within any particular scene or fan base.

Born to Dominican immigrants in Brooklyn, NY, singer/songwriter Lael Llaverias grew up listening to music from his homeland witnessed the rise of hip-hop and played in alternative bands that swept glam rock under the carpet. Although it’s hard to pinpoint exactly when Boom Box Repair Kit was conceived, a good starting point would probably be when Lael drafted bassist Arturo Acosta and drummer Frank Pace to play in a genre jumping Christian rock band. They released an EP and a full-length under the name Supermodel Stalker, but after touring the east coast and down south, they felt that the band was not headed in the right direction. They wanted a sound that would push the envelope and fulfill their goals, both artistically and professionally.

After some time off, they regrouped and sought out guitarist/composer Evan Ubiera. Having spent ten years in the Dominican Republic, he gained first hand exposure to that culture. While playing in NYC afro-funk/reggae group Tinsaedu, he answered Lael’s web post, which cited influences such as funk, rock, country and curiously enough, Dominican music. After joining the band in 2007, it made sense for them to allow their roots to enter the band’s sound. With that sound came a new vision, a new purpose and a new band name.

In 2008 they primarily focused on crafting their sound and recording, but took time to play a few key shows at renowned venues such as Pianos, Trash Bar, The Pyramid and Cake Shop’s Pogo In Togo. They also made it into the top four in MySpace Latino’s Sponsor My Band national search. As finalists, they played a showcase to a sold out, roaring crowd at The Canal Room.

On March 3rd of 2009, they released their debut album, My Dear Antagonist, a dance driven record that’s sometimes fun, other times dismal, but always thriving on the similarities between musical genres, not the differences. They are currently playing regional shows throughout the North East and planning a US tour towards the end of the year.