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(1993 – present)

bôa is a British band. They have released three full length CDs, one EP and one single. They are most widely known for the song “Duvet”, which was used as the theme song for the series Serial Experiments Lain. As a result, they are fairly popular among anime fans worldwide; in particular, they performed in a live concert at the anime convention Otakon in 2000.

Their first full-length album was released in Japan in 1998 and titled “The Race of a Thousand Camels.” In 2001, the album was released in North America under the name “Twilight.” It contained extra songs not found in the initial Japanese release.

After long delays by Pioneer’s record label, bôa set up their own record label, “Boa recordings”, in 2003 and began recording their new album, “Get There”, released in February of 2005.

The band is currently on hiatus until further notice.

(Note that bôa is not to be confused with the Korean pop artist Boa.)

bôa was formed in 1993 by original drummer, Ed Herten. Ed had played in several bands including “Delirious Groove”, from whom he recruited Paul Turrell (keyboards) and “Draggin’ Bones”, from whom he recruited Alex Caird (bass). Ed had also been to school with Steve Rodgers, who soon joined bôa on guitar and vocals.

“Fran”, an early song penned by Ed and Paul, had a chorus which lent itself to a female vocal. Steve’s sister, Jasmine Rodgers, then just 16 years old, was persuaded to record a vocal on an early recording. This happened a number of times until Jasmine was eventually persuaded to become a full member of the group.

bôa actually started out as a funk band and soon recruited Ben Henderson, who had played in the band “Doctor Sky” with Alex, on saxophone.


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