When you think of the band Boston, “indie rock” and “home recording” are probably not the words that spring to mind. Maybe “the band that built classic rock radio” is the phrase that pops into your head, and there may be some truth lurking in that slightly snarky assessment. But in reality, Boston is Tom Scholz, the guitarist, producer, songwriter and sole remaining original member of the group that started in his basement recording studio and whose gazillion-selling debut album was actually an independent recording tracked by Scholz as a demo.
There’s a reason for Boston’s mega-platinum success, and that reason is Scholz’s genius as producer, guitarist and composer. From the beginning, Scholz worked at a painstaking crawl of a pace, layering guitar harmonies and interwoven melodies like a mad scientist, and tracking everything – including the multi-octave vocal performances of the late, great Brad Delp – on analog tape machines.
That approach worked in 1976, and Scholz has changed nothing in the time since. The band’s recently released “Life Love & Hope” album was recorded on the same analog tape machines Scholz used for that iconic first Boston album.
Since the death of singer Delp several years back, Boston has struggled to find a meaningful way to carry on. Delp is indeed a tough act to follow, and Scholz always has been a perfectionist, in the studio and on the stage. Happily, the band Scholz has assembled is capable, as Scholz told CTNow.com recently, of crafting “the best performance of this Boston music that I have ever heard.” Scholz and Boston bring their summer tour to the area for a sold-out concert at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Artpark in Lewiston..
– Jeff Miers