BOYFRNDZ – “Design” (Stereogum Premiere)

BOYFRNDZ is from Austin, Texas — a city that’s more or less an island of left-leaning individuals in an otherwise red state; it’s a place of contrast. BOYFRNDZ can feel kind of like that. Take their new single “Design.” It starts with soft, sweet guitar figures before tender, quivering vocals slide into the mix. Soon those sounds of saccharine ferment into something more sour. Frenetic, distorted guitar powers through the quiet textures, a lightning storm of drums inject a sense of urgency. But soon, even that dissipates, as the song pulls back into itself to allow a guitar solo to twist out of it like smoke from a recently doused fire. Give “Design” a listen below.

The new album, recorded by Erik Wofford (Maserati, The Black Angels, White Denim), is called Breeder. It’s due out April 1 via Brutal Panda Records. The band will also be embarking on tour next week, starting at SXSW. Here are the dates:

03/11 Austin, TX @ SXSW Music Festival @ The 512 Bar
03/12 Austin, TX @ Local Gold Showcase @ Spider House Cafe & Ballroom
03/13 Austin, TX @ Tone Deaf Touring Showcase @ Wonderland
03/13 Austin, TX @ Exploding in Sound Showcase @ Todd’s Mansion Event Page
03/14 Austin TX @ SXSWonderland
03/19 Marfa, TX @ Padre’s
03/20 Albuquerque, NM @ The Gasworks
03/21 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Shred Shed
03/23 Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Festival
03/25 Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
03/26 Portland, OR @ Holocene
03/27 Oakland, CA @ The Naming Gallery
03/28 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
03/29 Los Angeles, CA @ Pehrspace
03/30 Phoenix, AZ @ Last Exit
04/02 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
04/03 New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
04/04 Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
04/05 Atlanta, GA @ 529
04/06 Greensboro, NC @ TYP Haus
04/09 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
04/10 Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus
04/11 New Haven, CT @ Panty Haus
04/12 Pawtuckett, RI @ Machines with Magnets
04/13 Montreal, QC @ Bar TRH
04/15 Hull, QC @ Le Troquet
04/16 Toronto, ON @ Izakaya
04/17 Detroit, MI @ PJs Lager House
04/18 Chicago, IL @ The Beat Kitchen
04/19 Lawrence, KS @ The Jackpot Saloon
04/20 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Blue Note
04/26 Austin TX @ Breeder Release Party @ Wonderland

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