Just the bio alone for NYC-based indie pop outfit The Boobies is enough to make you believe in the power of rock n’ roll music. The quartet half hail from North Carolina and the other half from Texas. They’ve played clubs all around the boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan as well as playing gigs in Dallas Texas.
Most recently they were able to raise enough money via a Kickstarter campaign to buy a van. The plan is to head back down to Texas to play shows while playing shows in other states along the way. Oh and just in case you’ve forgotten, their band is called The Boobies.
The Boobies first offering is the little three-song eponymous EP The Boobies. The three to four song EP is quite a common release for a band’s first effort in the recording studio. To be quite honest most initial EPs are nothing more than a fart in the wind, over before they’ve even started, and due to their brevity and often lack of any cohesiveness they are quite forgettable. With their self-titled offering however the Boobies manage to evade these tropes through punchy, surf rock riffs and anthemic choruses that stay with you like a virus.
The EP opens with “We ain't goin home.” A steady flow of kick drum and jangly guitar along with bouncy bass line and some mild and catchy vocals plateau along threatening at times to explode into a frenzy of rock, which finally happens about halfway through in a shiny burst of energy that never loses itself to making noise for the simple sake of making noise. The Boobies are not careless in the least.
This is perhaps even more evident on the woozy and dark surf rocker “Children of a Dark Art” as Josh Brocki goes from cream sweet crooning to a controlled guttural howl, and the rest of the band refrains from tearing out on their own. Sometimes rock is best when the beast is restrained. The closing tune “Knockin” lets in a little country twang and some pretty swift and hard beats into this story-song of a jilted lover.
The Boobies have given me renewed faith in the EP. In just under fifteen minutes they managed to have me hooked and left wanting more. The Boobies EP is a teaser, but they’re a band whose future releases I’m already hungrily awaiting.
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