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Back in 2016,  Patrick Doyle, was best known as a member of Veronica Falls, he moved to Los Angeles to work on the follow-up to the debut album from his well-received new project, Boys Forever. The result was a new album, Keeping Up Appearance, under a new band name, Basic Plumbing. Tragically, shortly after sharing the record’s first single, As You Disappear, Patrick passed away. Keen to realise Patrick’s plans for the records, both his family and bass-playing collaborator, Helen Skinner, have worked together to bring the record into the world, with all profits going to charities chosen by Patrick’s family – LA’s LGBT Centre and CALM.

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The record will arrive in January next year, and ahead of its release this week a new Basic Plumbing single, “Constant Attention”, has been shared. The track is a fine reminder of Patrick’s ability to write a charming lo-fi pop track, as easy half-spoken vocals, in the mold of The Goon Sax, chime atop propulsive guitar riffs and the primal charms of the rhythm section. Patrick’s aim on this record was to capture the punchiness of the band’s live performance, which Patrick was apparently delighted to have compared to, “a gay indie Nirvana”, on the evidence of Constant Attention it’s captured that spirit perfectly; a fitting farewell to a one of a kind songwriter.

Keeping Up Appearances is out January 24th.

Patrick Doyle

Patrick Doyle was a founding member of the London band Veronica Falls, who released their self-titled debut album back in 2011. That record was followed in 2013 by ‘Waiting For Something to Happen’, the band’s last studio LP to date. Patrick has been involved in some wonderful guitar based Indie pop .

As well as Veronica Falls, Doyle also made solo music under the monikers Boys Forever and Basic Plumbing. He also played with the likes of Sexy Kids and The Royal We.

Tributes have poured in for the Veronica Falls drummer and solo musician Patrick Doyle, who has died at the age of 32. News of Doyle’s death broke overnight on social media, with a heavy flow of tributes pouring in for the musician from his peers and fans. The Boys Forever Facebook account confirmed Doyle’s passing in a post this afternoon (March 4),

Doyle’s Veronica Falls bandmate Marion Herbain led the tributes to the drummer, writing on Instagram that the tragic news hadn’t “fully sunk in yet”.

“I’m glad I got to spend some of the best years of my life by your side, as a bandmate and a friend. RIP, P. dogg.”

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Sad news to confirm the death of Patrick Doyle. He was 32. Patrick was Veronica Falls’ drummer, and made solo music as Boys Forever/Basic Plumbing.  His family are immensely proud of all he achieved.

Released on 5th August 2016 via new label Amour Foo, Boys Forever’s self-titled album is a tumultuous collection of splintering pop songs, underpinned by acid tongued lyrics and shivering vitriol, written and performed in its entirety by Doyle.

Having been a member of various bands for over a decade, Boys Forever is Doyle’s first solo project. Though born from disillusionment and despair and the insecurities of a brand new start, the resulting album is paradoxically sparky, gorgeous, swooning garage-pop, a perfect balance of bitter and sweet, happy and sad. Recorded by Andrew Schubert (together PANGEA, Wand, No Parents) at Golden Beat studios Los Angeles, the record captures the LA sun, while retaining the melancholic onslaught of the London winter in which it was written.

The ‘Voice In My Head’ video is a snapshot of Patrick’s visits to Los Angeles. He says: “Having recorded the album during overnight sessions the year before, I felt that when I returned to Los Angeles in March I wanted to see more of the city. My friend Mat picked me up and we drove around all day, trying to visit as many typically LA places as we could. We went to the Observatory, Hollywood High and Santa Monica Pier. Mat cut the footage together with some that I shot during recording sessions last year at Golden Beat in Glassell Park.

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Another Veronica Falls spin-off band, Boys Forever is lead drummer Patrick Doyle (he was also in Sexy Kids and the Royal We). Poisonous has a familiar indie pop Veronica Falls sound that is super immediate and sticks to your insides.

Patrick Doyle of Veronica Falls/The Royal We returns as Boys Forever. ‘Poisonous’ is dangerously catchy indie pop which sounds like all your favourite C86’s rolled into one with a chorus that is clinically impossible to get out of your head. Over on the B side he shambles through Kirsty MacColl’s classic ‘They Don’t Know’.

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From out of the ashes of London C86 devotees Veronica Falls we’ve now been gifted two terrific offshoots – Ultimate Painting has seen frontman James Hoare turn to pastoral psych, while this year former drummer Patrick Doyle served up his Boys Forever solo project of bristling garage-pop. Recorded in LA, its sunny melodies evoked The Pastels and Bleeding Knees Club, but its turning-30 morbid lyrics dealing with drinking and depression would have made Morrissey proud.  Boys Forever’s self-titled album is a tumultuous collection of splintering pop songs, underpinned by acid tongued lyrics and shivering vitriol, written and performed in its entirety by Doyle.

Having been a member of various bands for over a decade, Boys Forever is Doyle’s first solo project. Though born from disillusionment and despair and the insecurities of a brand new start, the resulting album is paradoxically sparky, gorgeous, swooning garage-pop, a perfect balance of bitter and sweet, happy and sad. Recorded by Andrew Schubert (together PANGEA, Wand, No Parents) at Golden Beat studios Los Angeles, the record captures the LA sun, while retaining the melancholic onslaught of the London winter in which it was written.


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