One Album Wonders: Sonic Boom's Spectrum

Posted by Eric Brightwell, May 25, 2015 03:27pm | Post a Comment

For this edition of One Album Wonders we take a listen to Sonic Boom, who released one album, Spectrum, in 1989. 

Sonic Boom 
is Peter Kember, an English musician born in Rugby in 1965. In 1982, whilst at Rugby Art College, he co-founded The Spacemen (later Spacemen 3) with Jason Pierce. After releasing two albums -- 1986's Sound Of Confusion and 1987's The Perfect Prescription -- Kember signed a deal with Silvertone Records for a solo album. On the resulting album, Spectrum, Kember's professed influences such as SuicideThe Velvet UndergroundThe Stooges, and early electronic music were all on display.

Kember and Pierce reconvened as Spacemen 3 and produced two more albums -- 1989's Playing with Fire and 1991's Recurring -- before splitting acrimoniously. Pierce went on to form Spiritualized, whose music was used to sell Volkswagens. Kember went on to record both as Spectrum and E.A.R. (Experimental Audio Research) -- and both of which blur the lines somewhat between solo efforts and collaborations -- sometimes with pioneering electronic genius Delia Derbyshire

Spectrum released four albums in the 1990s and E.A.R. have, to date, released eleven albums but as Sonic Boom remains a one album wonder. In 2012, Spectrum was released on vinyl in 2012 by Spain’s ViNiLiSSSiMO. It was also re-released on aluminum the same year by Space Age Recordings


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