An unintentional blend of dance and pop, Queensland duo Stretch and Tom, A.K.A Bombs Away, are as proud as punch of their first album. Having dabbled in the music game for quite some time, the boys are thrilled to be dropping and touring their album Fragments, which has reached #12 on the AU overall iTunes charts as well as #2 on the AU Dance iTunes charts since it’s release.
We chat to the boys about their album and their musical influences. Disclaimer – if their performance energy is anything like their infectious buzz during a fifteen-minute phone call, music lovers across the world are in for a treat.
Hey guys congrats on the debut album! So how did you guys get into music?
Tom: We were always into music. Sketch is older than me so he was always playing guitar when I was a kid and I would come along and try to join in. We got into music production very early, back when software was baby age.
Sketch: We actually had to steal software from Myers. We used to go shoplifting to get the software. Myer, if you’re listening, we will give you five per cent of our next single.
What inspired the name of the debut album Fragments?
Tom: Good question. I think the songs themselves are derived from a lot of different facets of our lives, a lot of fragments of our lives – they encapsulate different things. Overall, the album doesn’t have a specific theme so I think the word fragments describes that very well.
The single ‘Let You Down’ went viral went it dropped earlier this year, being added to over 11 New Music Fridays on Spotify and hitting #12 on the iTunes Dance Chart. What does it mean to you to have received such awesome feedback before the album even dropped?
Tom: We’ve been locked away for so long, writing and producing and doing all the backend, working with the record label to get everything ready, so when we finally get to see the reaction and hear from people about how it’s affecting them and how they like it or the things they can take from it, it makes it all feel worthwhile.
You have a pretty hearty following on social media. Anything you want to say to your fans?
Sketch: Not really, just keep clicking like, commenting and tagging all your friends.
Tom: Basically we like doing that kind of stuff because it’s real time. We can make something in the morning and then we can put it up that night, whereas with a full album, it might take six months to come out or even a single might take six months to heard by people but we can make something on socials and get that creative vibe going by that night. It feels really cool to interact with that group of people directly.
Fragments is a 13-track journey that delves deep into the familiarity and growth in songwriting and production Bombs Away have experienced throughout their career spanning eight years.
When & Where: Home House Nightclub, Geelong – August 23.
Fragments is out now on Central Station Records.
Written by Hannah Kenny