Be sure to tune in to Recycled Air tonight at 8:30 to hear an interview with Boy in Static – an electro-pop duo out of Boston whose music has spanned from ethereal post rock to tight pop hooks. Keep reading for more information on this up and coming band!
Boy in Static is the duo formed by Bostoners Alexander Chen and Kenji Ross who together create music that has spanned the stylistic spectrum through their two records. Their first album, Violet, had a blown-wide-open post-rock quality to it; probably the closest equivalent to what I would consider electronica shoegaze. Violet was also my introduction to Boy in Static, setting a mental sonic landmark that defined the band for me.
So it was certainly a surprise when they released their newest album – Candy Cigarette. If Violet was a wide open sonic landscape, then Candy Cigarette was as tight as a drum (machine) – decidedly poppy with a snap. Yet, it still possessed hints of the emotional/etheral qualities of Violet, both in the lyrics and the occasional sad string or drawn out chord. Their sound, to me, was no longer defined by the textures of Violet, but by the content of their music. They have proven that their message can stay the same even with a change of style – a talent possessed by capable musicians.
Boy In Static is proving to be a musically versatile duo that is worth keeping an eye on, and I’m very excited to see what they will come up with in the coming years!
They will be performing one last time on the west coast in San Francisco at The Bottom of the Hill for $10 on Saturday, August 29th (21 and over). Doors open at 8:30pm. This will be your last chance to see them before they split ways and begin work on their next album, so make sure you get the chance to get out to see them.
You can also hear an interview with them tonight on Recycled Air, starting at 8:30pm! Be there or be square!