Seks Bomba was and arguably is a vocal & instrumental rock band, who came of age during the "lounge" era of American popular music, combining a love of vintage soundtrack music & the likes of Burt Bacharach & Henry Mancini with detailed arrangements and a need to play loudly and drink beer. The band was active as a live unit between 1995 and 2004, released 3 full-length CDs, one vinyl 45 and a few compilation tracks and won a Boston Music Award in 2000.
The band still receives regular airplay on stations like Soma FM's "Secret Agent" show (which we highly recommend, endorse, bow down to, etc) and has steadily racked up over half a million youtube views since the band's final, or as we say "most recent" gig.
Today, members of Seks Bomba may be found performing with such high-quality rock ensembles as the Upper Crust, Kingsley Flood and Matt Bunsen & the Burners; others may be found teaching their craft in such exotic locales as Beijing, China and Medfield, Massachusetts.
is known about this enigmatic unit has appeared in the form of a curious
stream of press releases, CD reviews and other such (thoughtfully) recyclable
effluvia. A quick wade through these materials would appear to mark the
group as a sort of laboratory where elements of instrumental rock, cartoon
jazz, and the occasional spy theme are fused with latin rhythms, classic
pop moves and art damaged guitar stylings, which are then dragged kicking
and screaming into a recombinant mutation that CMJ has termed "quite possibly
the best among the new bands in their niche," adding that "they not only
feature tight, hard-hitting musicianship but also swinging vocals from
Chris Cote that are actually strong enough to rival those of Tom Jones."
The band's debut Operation B.O.M.B.A (YaYa) was
described by the Boston Phoenix as "an exquisite collection of suspenseful
slinkage, surfish polyesterism and crime-noir clatter." Their
sohpmore effort, Somewhere in this Town (YaYa) took it further, leading
Stuff@Night columnist Jonathan Perry to conclude that "remarkably, Somewhere
In This Town goes that superb slice of aluminum one better. Everything,
from the songwriting to the musicianship to the production is that much
"This is one of the most fun, most clever, and downright best CD's
I've heard in a long time" is how John Heidt of Vintage Guitar put
The band released their final CD, "Thanks and Goodnight" in 2005.
As a Performing Unit, the band has
been featured with a diverse array of contemporary pop artists, ranging
from the renowned Combustible Edison and Finnish surf avatars
Laika & the Cosmonauts to red hot post-ironic hipsters the
Squirrel Nut Zippers. Further appearances with
Friends of Dean Martinez,
Jasper & the Prodigal Suns,
The Strangemen, the
Simon & the Bar Sinisters and others had steadily won new converts to the
bands high energy blend of Things and Stuff.