Interviews Many Things About

Many Things About…BOA

London-via-Bristol three piece BOA invigorate with an irresistible charm and an engrossing sonic flavour. Current single ‘Steal It’ reveals their best moment yet, a hands-in-the-air sizzler primed for all those pre-summer playlists and late-night raves. After winning the voting poll in the last edition of our #BitterSweetPlaylist, it seems that BOA have that fighting mentality to succeed.

So in accordance to our promise, we present to you a one-on-one intimate chat with the band and it gets pretty revealing (you can thank us later).

Why did you start the band?

We started out just writing songs and sending them to each other. Once we had about 4 or 5 we figured we might as well start up as a band.

What’s with the name BOA?

It stands for ‘better off alone’.

What’s the first instrument you learned to play?

Guitar! Though when I was 6, I wrote a song on piano about a duck that couldn’t swim. Sadly it didn’t chart.

Do you like to sing in the shower?

Only when I’m naked…

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

The best advice I’ve been given by someone is “The art of creativity is hiding your sources”. But I can’t tell you who told me that.

In the case of a zombie apocalypse, what would be your go-to plan for survival?

I’d just do a Shaun Of The Dead – pretend to be a Zombie and hope they don’t notice.

If you could live in another era, when would you choose?

There’s no time like the present! Time travel sounds like a bit of a headache, so I reckon I’d have to stay put.

What’s the best thing about music?

That anyone can write a song and it might mean the world to them even if no one else ever hears it.

How do you take your coffee?

Either a black americano with no sugar or a decaf soya cappuccino.

Who’s the most played artist in your music library?

Elton John, thanks to my roommate!

A song that I know all the words to is…

Pretty much any Radiohead song. Even the b-sides, you just try me…

Fight of flight?

Fight, always. Even if someone knocks your teeth out, which has happened to me before.

Do you have any hidden talents and if so, what?

I can do a half decent Moonwalk when the moment is right.

If you could get a selfie with any celebrity, who would it be and why?

Chris Packham, from Springwatch. ‘Cos I think my brother got a photo taken with him as a kid, and I didn’t.

What’s coming up for BOA this year?

We’re trying to write more. Being honest there’s been a little writers block, we’re trying to let things flow rather than steer our songwriting.

Catch BOA live at Queen of Hoxton on Saturday 8th April.

Find BOA on Facebook and Twitter.

Charlotte Holroyd
Editor, Creator and Founder of Bitter Sweet Symphonies. A lover of music and cinema, who's constantly attending gigs and in search of a great experience.

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