The artwork says it all. Gaze into the evocative Insta-filtered photograph that adorns BOYS‘ upcoming second EP and you’ll see a sun-bleached hilltop, a palm-fringed street and a city beyond bathed in light. This is the place where the hot new London foursome’s hazy lo-fi sound belongs, with its wonderfully wistful guitarwork, airy vocals and woozy atmospherics that will no doubt spark comparisons to the likes of Real Estate, Swimming Tapes and more recent dream-poppers Moondude. Following a successful joint venture with Yuck main man Max Bloom on their first extended play in 2016, their sophomore effort sees them return bigger, bolder and primed for the next level, so we caught up with the jangle-pop newcomers to delve further into their world.
‘Dreamland’ is a glistening gem. How did the track come about?
“‘Dreamland’ came about after the break up of a relationship. We had written the instrumentals a few months previous and then after the break up we wrote the lyrics and the song was complete.”
How did BOYS start out?
“The band started by complete luck. Two of us were playing some covers around the campsite at Reading Festival one year and we seemed to get a good reaction from our friends. We’d never previously been in any bands before, but thought we would give it a try – somehow we are still going now!”
What inspired the name?
“Well, the band we were covering at Reading Festival was called Girls, who we are massive fans of. So it made sense to call ourselves BOYS. The only problem is trying to Google us can be tricky!”
Who are the Top 5 biggest influences on your sound right now?
“Our main influences are often American bands. Lots of people say we have an American sound and in truth that’s what we are trying to achieve. Bands like Beach Fossils, DIIV, Real Estate and Wild Nothing are all big influences.”
And finally, what does 2017 hold for BOYS?
“2017 will see us release our second EP ‘Dreamland’. We are then heading to NYC to play some shows, which we are so excited about. Playing in America has always been a dream for us.”