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Album Review

What makes Seks Bomba's "surf-spy-lounge rock" different than, say, their fellow New Englanders Combustible Edison? Mostly that the music is less swimming in irony, tries less for the whole retro-kitsch thing, and rocks considerably harder. (Dig the opening rave-up "Bomba Au Go-Go" for proof.) Even the swankiest pieces on their second album, like the Brazilian-touched "Matt's Bossa," swing, thanks in large part to Lori Perkins' Walter Wanderley-like Hammond organ. Her flute parts add another authentic touch to the proceedings. The trio of covers, Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Agua de Beber," Bacharach/David's "Casino Royale," and Henry Mancini's "Charade," show where the group's influences lay. Guitarist Chris Cote's Willie Alexander-meets-Brian Seltzer voice moves the small handful of vocal tracks, especially "Happy Hour," a little too far into Cherry Poppin' Daddies territory, but on the instrumentals, Somewhere in This Town is a dynamite blast of party rock fun.

Customer Reviews


Timeless and fun. Energetic and downright moveable. Thought provoking and the lyrics tell a story of a different time and place where Space met Love and they made Lounge Babies.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

A mostly instrumental surf/lounge/film/bossa nova/pop/swing/rock combo from Allston, MA, Seks Bomba is somewhere between the frantic genre hopping of Brave Combo and the tongue-in-cheek kitsch of their fellow New Englanders Combustible Edison. The group formed in 1996, naming themselves after the only phrase guitarist George Hall could recognize in a Czech magazine he was perusing. Hall, singer/guitarist Chris Cote (who also moonlights in the parody heavy metal band the Upper Crust), organist/flutist...
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Somewhere in This Town, Seks Bomba
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: May 21, 2001

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