When I first heard Boyfrndz spelled their name in the stylized, borderline obnoxious way they do, I was quick to dismiss them as a buzz band seeking some blog hype.
But when I finally listened to their new EP, titled Natures, the blog band perceptions went away fast. The Texas trio's newest release was produced by Ikey Owens of the Mars Volta, and his influence permeates the entire 25 minutes.
Perhaps the most catching features in Natures are the drums and vocals. Joseph Raines' drums seem to get more complex with each subsequent listen, and he has a strong contender for drum fill of 2013 on the track Daughter. The drums make the EP seem almost math, but it's more of just an experimental record with people simply playing their instruments in a technical way.
Scott Martin's vocals are aggressive throughout, and come to one of multiple climaxes at the end of the EP's first track. On the group's Bandcamp page, the lyrics are written as "YOU TOOK THE MEDICINE JUST TO FEEL GOD/YOU'RE TAKING MY LOVE WAY TOO SERIOUS." At that point, one certainly takes the band seriously.
Over the course of just five tracks, Boyfrndz touches on everything from Volta-esque freakouts (complete with Ikey on the keys) to more brooding, soulful ambience on the final track.
If Natures strikes you well, don't fret -- the band has six more releases dating back to early 2011. I was late to the game with these guys, but I hope this EP gets them enough look to be on more of a high-profile touring circuit.
Download it for any price you choose or pick up a pretty 12" at http://boyfrndz.bandcamp.com/album/natures-2.
-By Cody Nelson