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Not the cape crusaders ...
Boom Bap Pow will unleash their brand of rock ‘n soul at the Prince of Wales Hotel this Thursday.

Boom, Bap, Pow — three words that could refer to campy caped crusaders fighting evil, or the big beats and soulful sounds of the Perth band of the same name.

Good guys aside, the five-piece from the desert capital have developed a following of loyal fans who like their rock ‘n roll with a twist.

The band has become synonymous with soul-infused sounds, so much so hey have defined a new genre, even creating a unique name for their music: “Rock ‘n soul,” vocalist Novac Bull said.

“People give us all sorts of names and attributes, but we refer to ourselves as rock ‘n soul.

“That offers the best description of our sound — a sweet combination of soul and big beats with an edge.”

After five years, one album and one EP, the band is preparing to release their second full-length album early next year, and Bull says fans should expect something new.

“We’ve been listening to a lot of Aussie pub rock lately,” she said.

“Old classics like the Divinyls and The Cruel Sea, have heavily influenced our latest work.”

Bull, a big Cruel Sea fan says the band was lucky enough to perform with the Oz rockers recently and happily admits to loving the music as well as the famed front man Tex Perkins.

“The Cruel Sea are great — they’ve got the sound and they’ve got Tex Perkins,” she said.

“You can’t go wrong with Sexy Texy.”

Bull, as vocalist and only woman in the band, understands the front-person persona, admitting to having an alter ego on stage herself.

“I definitely have an on-stage persona,” she said.

“Once they’ve seen you perform, people think that’s who you are in real life. I couldn’t be that person all the time, it’s too tiring. But the release is cathartic. Bloody good fun.”

Boom Bap Pow will hit the stage at the Prince of Wales Hotel in Bunbury on Thursday night.

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