The BBE story in brief 1988 - present day
Best Boy Electric are a Bristol, UK based band, who reunited in 2013 after a 17 year absence - Stadium power driven Electro Rock has returned!
Their first new album for 22 years 'Secret Circle' is available for digital download from this site or from all major platforms from 20th May 2016.
'Back with a vengeance with their craft of electronic rock with orchestral analogue keyboard sounds and driving beats, extremely catchy hooks and infectious choruses they’ll get you dancing in a heartbeat' - Live review by Mustafa Mirreh for The Flux Webzine, March 12, 2014.
Formed in late ’88 by Simon Donadel and Russ Sear, and swiftly joined by Rob Case in '89, Best Boy Electric’s unique brand of Electronic Rock soon saw the band achieve great notoriety and a compulsive following whilst performing on the local Bristol scene. Extreme light shows, with pyrotechnics and exotic dancers in even the smallest of venues led to memorable gigs throughout the 90’s.
A record deal with SBS records (The original label for the Manic Street preachers) led to TV appearances and Radio 1 interest. An uncompromising manager bagged supporting gigs with artists such as Edwin Starr as well a several festival supports with long since forgotten 90’s acts. These were all promising developments however the emergence of guitar based indie rock championed by the likes of Blur and Oasis saw the expectations of Best Boy Electric fade away to become ‘The Band that could have been’ and they went their separate ways in 1996.
17 years later and BBE found themselves back together and in the rehearsal studio with all original members - Russ Sear (Vocals) Simon Donadel (Guitars and vocals) Rob Case (Keyboards and Vocals), joined by latter rhythm section Nick Dyte (Bass) and Si Taylor (Drums). The mothballed keyboards, lush synths, drum machines and live instruments still huge and uncompromising but at the same time a breath of fresh air in the acoustically driven forgettable music era we currently find ourselves ambling through.
2013-2014 saw BBE return to the live scene at favourite past haunt The Fleece and at various Rock Festivals to critical acclaim, inspiring the band to return to the recording studio to compose and record their first album since the classic 'Why' in 1994.
The new album features all original members plus welcomes contributions from Bristol's very own Rob Scott on Sax and Ruby Donadel on backing vocals.
Nick and Si Taylor have now moved on to other projects but their contribution to both the reunion gigs and the new album was greatly appreciated.
BBE now move into the next phase of their journey, with plans to return back to the stage with a new rhythm section, so that our fans can hear the new album live as well as the old classics.
Don your leathers and lace and mullet your hair. Best Boy are back and are ready kick again to finally leave a never forgotten footprint on the fickle arse of the currently tired and directionless music industry.