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Josh Eure

The stories and rhymes of the immortal Dr. Seuss gave us numerous paradigms for everyday obstacles and endeavors. "Green Eggs & Ham" encouraged us to try new things, despite how frightening they appeared. "The Cat in the Hat" addressed the uneasiness one might feel when faced with a choice between right and wrong. "Oh the Places You'll Go!" served as a motivator for the journey through life.

Everyone should be able to find moral support codified in one of these enduring storybook exemplars. Such is the case for Triangle-based quartet Boxbomb, who pulled their title from a peculiar name mentioned in a Seuss classic.

"Rob was reading 'Oh the Places You'll Go!' to his girlfriend, when he found the name Buxbaum at the end. He pronounced it Boxbomb, and we thought it sounded good," guitarist and vocalist Ryan Gustafson said.

Gustafson, along with lead guitarist Rob Mcfarlane, drummer and backup vocalist Justin Holder and bassist Rosean Alexander, pulled their act together in the spring of 2003 and have steadily developed their art since. With an eclectic assortment of cross-genre influences, Boxbomb is offering the local scene a characteristic sound, hearkening back to the glory days of grunge.

"We classify our music as moody rock with chill moments, but it can't accurately be categorized," Mcfarlane said.

While Boxbomb may feel their sound is immune to the musical taxonomy that afflicts numerous Triangle groups, many have labeled them an Our Lady Peace reproduction, the primary emphasis being placed on vocals.

When asked about this undesirable nomenclature, Gustafson said, "I wasn't really going for that sound. It just kind of came out that way. But I like the label. Our Lady Peace is awesome."

Unfavorable typecasts aside, the aural mood Mcfarlane, Gustafson and Alexander generate is reminiscent of the emo-lords Sparta, and frequently echoes the ambiance of early Radiohead. Couple that with a bluesy approach Holder brings to the drums, you've got a distinctive unit poised to re-sketch the illustration of mainstream rock.

"Most of mainstream music sucks," Holder says. "In about five years it'll get better though."

Clearly disenfranchised with the state of conventional music, Boxbomb is pushing to expand beyond the social norms placed on an "integrity-deprived" industry. Their means of renovation? Lyrics and sundry musical approaches.

When asked about the lyrical theme of Boxbomb, Gustafson said, "We're trying to open people's minds. We want our fans to think outside of the box. My lyrics indirectly promote peace."

The band has just finished a 6-song EP, recorded partially with Go Studios, that is due sometime in March.

Boxbomb will be co-headlining a show tonight at The Brewery with Ashwin, The Fight and Classic Case. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30.

So, as the good Dr. Seuss would say, "You'll find the bright places where the Boom Bands are playing!" - NCSU Technician


Golden EP - Self Released
"Meadowbrook Drive" receives some local radio play on both mainstream and college stations.



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