Boom! Kinetic: Best Local Band
It’s no surprise that the frontrunner of Fayetteville’s music scene is the indie dance-rock group Boom! Kinetic. With their high energy “balls to the wall” dance music, the band has won the hearts of Northwest Arkansas natives and UA students alike.
Starting as an “obscure 80s cover band,” over the last six years the band has evolved from playing covers of Tears For Fears and The Cure to moving an entire dance floor with their original music from their LP, Part Gray / Part Bright Light. A few groups the band compares their sound to include The Killers, M83 and Empire of the Sun.
“In our six years of existence we used to be a huge hit with the 25 to 45 age range of concert goers when we were primarily an 80s cover band,” said Wiley Seeger, one of the lead singers and guitarists of the band. “Since then, our current stuff is more in the alt-indie genre.”
Kalee Allen, a senior nursing major, has been a fan since her freshman year.
“I like Boom! Kinetic because I have gotten to see them grow from covering some of my favorite bands like MGMT at George’s during my first year here in Fayetteville to releasing their own album over a year ago,” Allen said. “They were the first cover band that I ever experienced on Dickson Street, and I’ve been a fan ever since.”
Seeger said they still like playing MGMT for the fans.
“We do a cover of Kids, and we do it the Boom! Kinetic way, when we play it, it’s balls to the wall man, it gets everyone going.” Seeger said.
“My favorite show I’ve seen of them was last Christmas at George’s,” said Ginny Hickman, junior music major. “They sang Christmas songs but made them all really fun and poppy. I really love how energetic they are. Their shows are always exciting and fun.”
Seeger said that they were grateful for the recognition they received for being the Best of Fayetteville.
“It’s awesome being recognized like this, we love getting this great feedback. We want to reach the younger college crowd. We know they’re the ones that are driving the music industry today,” Seeger said.
Boom! Kinetic will be playing two shows in Fayetteville in the coming month: on May 4 (that’s Dead Day, folks) they will play at George’s Majestic Lounge, and on May 17 they will be playing at Powerhouse’s Party on the Patio.