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Boom Pam

Eventually also the greatest fun comes to an end. Some ill-humoured clerk cuts off Boom Pam’s morning-after outdoor set “just ten seconds before the end of the show.” The band from Tel Aviv bundle up their stuff and stroll back through the Sportpark to their accommodation in Berlin. What can be imagined as a self-declared “alcohol soaked wedding party ecstasy” – as written on their homepage -, still develops an exhilarating charm vibrant with energy in the sober environment of a morning sports ground, aside of people doing their workout or mowing the lawn. The band have onomatopoetically named themselves after the 1960s song “Boom Pam” by the Greek musician Aristidis Saisanas (short: Aris San), who migrated to Israel. So if people wonder about the influences of the young Israelis’ mostly instrumental sound – with just occasional droll and then heavy-repeated lyrics -, they might not get far with categorizing it as solely Jewish, but might look further ahead to Greek, Turkish, Balkan, Mediterranean, rock and surf music. While the clerk on duty has no ear for their impromptu performance, Boom Pam’s show on the day before at Kaffee Burger immediately got the audience dancing. Madonna, who is known for her affection for Balkan beats and who is said to have celebrated her birthday at Kaffee Burger – a venue specialized on this kind of music -, might have also loved ‘em.

  • Posted: October 19, 2009
  • Camera: Michael Luger
  • Sound Recording: Sarah Brugner
  • Post-Production: Michael Luger
  • Photography: Franz Brugner