Not only do they show you `fear in a sponge', they'll more than likely play the sponge jacked-up through a crusty amp-combo. The use of amplified and unamplified objects is a distinctive feature of their work and it's a pleasing coincidence that their Grandparents were antiques dealers, since the Bohman Brothers live set-up often resembles a hard-wired flea market.
The visual aspect, therefore, is also a strong, deliberated feature, alongside a pervading sense of the comedic. This is most evident in their deployment of spoken word material. Ridiculous advertising spiel and found texts are the sources for accompanied/unaccompanied speech, it's a tactic that play's on their duality, as the Brothers bounce-off or collide with each other. Reciting in blurred simultaneity, or wragged call and response.
“The new single by the Bohman Brothers, Purely Practical/Western Omlettes(Peripheral Conserve ph10 7”) is one of the best sound poetry jukebox records since Henri Chopin stopped cutting them.One side has one Bohman reading catalogue descriptions of table saws while his brother tries to disrupt his concentration with taped and/or live interjections that would throw most grown-ups out of whack.The flipside is a layered collision of taped sounds, and disparate spoken bits, that sounds like a couple of guys trying to keep their card game focused while the cruise ship they're on is burning and sinking around them.It's a top-notch release and quite different from the instrumental work for which I'd thought these two were better known.Nice cover graphics, too.”
Byron Coley, The Wire Magazine, October 2002.
The Bohman Brothers are also active in the support of other peoples music and other media. They have for two years run one of the handful of London's experimental music clubs at The Bonnington Center, in Vauxhall south London. On the top storey of a Victorian terraced house, within earshot of the Spooks at the MI6 headquarters, The Bohman Brothers have curated over 80 shows featuring an international line-up of experimental music makers, freaks , free-improvisors and filmakers.
The Bohman Brothers themselves perform live frequently throughout the U.K and Europe. They also sometimes perform in a collaborative context and this has been cemented by the formation of a regular expanded unit, The Bohman Brothers Extended Family. Recently the Bohman Brothers have attempted to conquer non-physical spaces and have made numerous contributions to the aether via London's first and only experimental radio station Resonance 104.4FM.
In 2002 they make their first TransAtlantic journey and perform and record on the east coast of the U.S.A.
The Bohman Brothers `A Twist For All Pockets'(Rossbin)
The Bohman Brothers `Purely Practical' (Peripheral Conserve)
Adam Bohman `Last Orders'(mycophile)
Adam Bohman `Music and Words'(Paradigm)
`Sibling Revelry' Ben Watson, The Wire magazine, March 2002.