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Boy Harsher Share New Track

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In October of 2017 Boy Harsher released the four-track EP, Country Girl. It was released by Ascetic House as a one-time vinyl pressing of 600 copies, which sold out in a month. Now they have announced a deluxe reissue, entitled Country Girl Uncut, which includes four previously unreleased tracks for a total of eight songs. Country Girl Uncut will be released on October 11 via the band’s own Nude Club label and Ascetic House, and is digitally available now.

To coincide with the announcement, Boy Harsher deliver the unreleased track ‘Send Me a Vision, complete with a music video/visual ode to Berlin. Inspired by Wim Wenders’ Wings of Desire, ‘Send Me a Vision follows the unassuming guardian angel (Cameron Findlay, Kontravoid) through the streets of Berlin. He acts as a passive observer to various troubled characters in the city, hoping his silent presence can have a positive effect. His cryptic observations mainly focus on a young troubled woman (Sally Dige), and her preoccupation with jumping off a rooftop. The spirit of the city is actualized via the character of the Dancer who flickers along with the beat and channels the fast-paced exuberance of Berlin.

Boy Harsher’s Augustus Muller directed and edited the video, saying: “For me the song was so tragically lonely. I interpreted Jae's lyrics to be a cry for help from someone in a desperate situation.” The video was shot on black and white 16mm by Christopher Gorski, in and around Kreuzberg, Berlin. Muller jokes “If Wings of Desire was Wim Wenders’ love letter to Berlin, this is our postcard.”

Country Girl marked a distinct sonic shift for Boy Harsher; the EP was the first group of songs written in their new home in rural Massachusetts. The novel isolation of the Northeast gave Jae and Augustus plenty of time to write and explore new sounds, while reminiscing about their time in the South. The move also put the band within driving distance of New York City, which was another important factor in their progression. The band attributes partial influence on Country Girl to their frequent shows in Manhattan and Brooklyn; playing parties like Nothing Changes and Lost Enterprises gave them access to a vibrant new music community. From industrial to noise table techno, Boy Harsher was enamoured by the raw sound and fearless attitude of the artists and crowds alike. The sound of Country Girl is defined by these two worlds that the band existed within - their quiet, modest life in small town Massachusetts and their speed-fuelled weekends in New York.

Boy Harsher live dates w/ HANTE:

NOVEMBER:

12  London, UK - Scala

13  Brighton, UK - The Haunt

 

 

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Boy Harsher, Workman’s Club, Dublin

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It’s a hot and muggy June night in Dublin and the Workman’s is close to capacity for Boy Harshers first Irish show.  The sweat is heavy in the air of the darkened venue and the condensation is dripping from the much needed glasses of cooling beer.   Its a late start for a midweek show but the turnout is remarkable.  Even for support act, Gross Net, the main room is tightly packed.   It’s the first I’ve heard of Philip Quinns solo project but he was a good choice for this show.  The Girls Names guitarist plays a series of atmospheric instrumentals that could be mistaken for Boy Harsher’s own work.

Jae Matthews and Augustus Muller take the stage without ceremony and the drones begin.   With Muller whispering into a walkie talkie and Matthews doing her Alison Moyet-in-an-echo-chamber thing, there’s a distinctly German vibe from the Massachusetts outfit.  There’s no between song banter or audience interaction but the pair seem to be enjoying themselves in an ubercool, stand-offish way.   The whoops and holler that greet ‘Yr Body Is Nothing’ seem at odds with the detached aesthetic until Matthews starts jumping around. Mullers head bobs in time with the beat as the crowd screams and latecomers push their way to the unadorned stage.

After four songs, we finally hear from the band. But Matthews chat is lost to the excited din of the crowd.  I step outside to cool down a little and take in the sunset. When I re-enter my glasses immediately fog up in the thick, moist atmosphere as Boy Harsher turn the tempo up.  At this point we’re a long way from the arthouse. This set is more at home at 3am on a festival stage.  The sparse, moody textures of Careful are eschewed in this milieu for an industrial tinged, electro crusade.  Their minimalist techno comes off like like the poppier end of the noise scene.  Outside the studio environment, where the music is about textures andsoundscapes, Boy Harsher have a new life on stage.  The beats are heavy, thebass is relentless and, though the vibe is arty, the feel is of a party band. But it’s a party for the cool kids who don’t want to be seen to try too hard.

Boy Harsher’s stage presence is strong. It appears that the music is being generated by their bodies through an effort of will rather than by instruments.  It’s the type of performance that would benefit from a spectacular light show.  They make a token but striking gesture of acknowledgement towards this when Matthews shines a handheld array of green spots on Muller.  She swings its beam over the audience and the mirrorballs in the venue feel their first light of the evening.

It’s short, barely 45 minutes, but not a moment has been wasted and the cries for an encore begin immediately when the duo exit the stage.  There’s little doubt that they’ll do more songs. The crowd has not moved. Everyone is afraid of missing another killer tune.  ‘The Look You Gave (Jerry)’ is one of the more intense songs from Careful but it seems tame compared to what has preceded it, though you’d never guess from the reaction of the now-devoted fans.  As a recent convert to Boy Harsher, I went in to the show with expectations of a decent gig.  The band not only exceeded those expectations, they stomped all over them and gave us more than we had any reason to suspect.

 

 

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