The BOYS WITH THE PERPETUAL NERVOUSNESS – ” Songs From Another Life “

Posted: February 7, 2021 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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I appreciate it when a band’s name is diagnostic of its sound. Here is a prime example. The Boys With The Perpetual Nervousness are Andrew Taylor and Gonzalo Marcos. With one member living in Scotland and the other Spain, they took the Postal Service route in producing their latest record. Although I liked their previous one (Dead Calm), I admit to not having purchased it. With the new record however, I immediately have that urge to click on add to cart. The indie pop on “Songs From Another Life” sounds confident yet delicate, and the strummy and jangly guitars makes me long for spring. Some songs sound like straight up Teenage Fanclub worship, but in a good way. Fans of The Byrds and Big Star will probably dig this as well. And yes, I am totally copying these names from the press release, but they make too much sense not to.

The record’s contingent of bright, hook laden, jangly pop songs are the perfect antidote to the drudgery of an ongoing pandemic. There’s something reassuringly familiar about the band’s sound too; especially on tracks like “Play (On My Mind)” and “Rose Tinted Glasses”.

It’s a sound which has its roots in a whole selection of American music, from the likes of  The Beach Boys and The Byrds right through to, dare I say it, The Rembrandts. But, perhaps inadvertently, it also taps into a certain section of Australian music too. Jangle Pop and “Dolewave” acts have proven popular with Australian audiences for years. 

For this second album, confirmation album, The Boys With The Perpetual Nervousness open the range of influences, more American, more exuberant and present a powerful sound with arrangements that make us dream of better days. In addition to Teenage Fanclub, Big Star and The Byrds, there are sonic references to Fountains Of Wayne, Matthew Sweet, Weezer, R.E.M., The Lemonheads, The Beach Boys and there are even distorted breaks à la Dinosaur Jr. or Sugar.

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Recorded separately, in two parts, without the two musicians sharing a studio, not even a city: Andrew his part in Edinburgh, at his rehearsal room, Gonzalo his, in San Sebastián, at Yon Vidaur’s studios. Applying social distance before it was an obligation.

These songs so beautiful, so bright, so stimulating, this pop music of heavenly guitars, can only come from another life, from a life that might never return. Welcome to “Songs From Another Life”, welcome back to the world of The Boys With The Perpetual Nervousness . The colourful album art is pretty good too, and will brighten up (m)any home(s) as well. With this release, and the ones by The Laughing Chimes and Farewell Horizontal, this has been an excellent release week for fans of top-notch indie pop

released February 5th, 2021

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