Boy On Guitar are an intriguing pop/rock trio who call the Central Valley of California home and whose music is a winning blend of acoustic folk, wistful indie rock and a good dose of synth pop for good measure.
The band consists of Genesis Jennings—whose breathy voice is a marvel—Jonathan Jennings, and Sean Duncan, all of whom were recently involved in other projects, including Of Us Giants (Jennings and Jennings) and Duncan Booth (Duncan). In addition to being prolifically productive musicians the band also own and operate their own record labels, with the Jennings’ heading up Ronald Records and Sean Duncan owning Way Grimace Records.
So, along with their own music, the folks in Boy on Guitar are responsible for helping a number of other worthy artists get their material out in the world, which is always a noble endeavor.
Boy On Guitar’s debut EP, “We Wait”, has a mellower edge than much of the material that the trio had worked on before, but the music is no less intense for that. Case in point is the EP’s closer, “Downtown”, which sounds as if Mazzy Star had found synthesizers.
Except that instead of simply being languid and sleepy like a typical Mazzy Star track, the band throw in little glitches towards the end, as if the narrator is literally fragmenting as she sings. Creepy but damn good.
“My Last Name” also effectively merges the band’s acoustic sensibilities with some moody synthesizer atmospherics—the group also evokes everyone from Curve to The Sundays on their EP, not only in how Genesis Jennings phrases the lyrics, but also in how the group relies on intricately layered guitars.
The other two tracks on “We Wait”, “Skydiving” and “Your Place”, delve deeper into shoegaze territory without devolving into somnolent noodling. Rather, the guitars retain some bite, and the synths and sequencers—especially on “Skydiving”—keep the ear engaged.
“Your Place” is also the most electric song on the EP and sounds the more like the Jennings’ previous projects than the other tracks, but “Your Place” still is of a piece with the rest of the EP and has the epic feel of a full album closer.
So, y’all need to grab the “We Wait” EP, which has been in general release since 18 April 2015, and is available on their Bandcamp site and on the Ronald Records site.
You can also catch them on tour throughout June in support of Crown Me King.
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