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Horse Thief – Fear in Bliss

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Colourmusic — May You Marry Rich

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Em and the MotherSuperiors — Churches into Theaters

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Rachel Brashear — Revolution

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Frndz forever


Challenged in spelling but not in spirit, the indie-rocking Boyfrndz would like to court your ears.

Joshua Boydston October 10th, 2012

Boyfrndz
10 p.m. Tuesday
The Deli
309 White, Norman
thedeli.us
321-7048

The guys behind indie rock’s Boyfrndz cut their teeth in a half dozen other bands before finally finding a groove. The three have the tense competition in their home base of Austin, Texas — aka the Live Music Capital of the World — to thank for that.

“Playing in Austin separates the men from the boys a little bit. It’s so hard to get good shows,” singer Scott Martin said. “You figure out what isn’t working and start trying a lot harder. Some people just don’t ever do that.”

As a result, Boyfrndz is going further and playing for more people than ever before. Appearing Tuesday at The Deli in Norman, the trio recently was invited to join similarly minded math-rock act El Ten Eleven on tour.

“We met them at [South by Southwest] this past year. I had a party at my house and asked them to play, and they agreed,” Martin said. “We just became good friends, and then we got an email, asking if we’d like to join them for some dates. It’s crazy to go on a tour where we haven’t done all the booking. It’ll be nice to just cruise and enjoy it.”

Up to now, being Boyfrndz largely has been an independent endeavor. Only recently has the band taken on more help to push its latest album, All Day Pass. While the work has been strenuous, there also has been time for fun and games.

“While we were writing, Aaron [Perez, drummer] said that playing in Boyfrdnz was like having an all-day pass to a theme park,” Martin said. “It’s how we all pretty much feel.”

Musically, All Day Pass is a bit of a roller-coaster ride in and of itself, inspiring comparisons to everyone from Animal Collective to Jane’s Addiction over the course of the 12-song effort.

“Starting out, we wanted this to be a really rowdy, loud punk band, but then we started writing together and it didn’t sound like punk rock at all,” Martin said. “It came out the way it came out, which is kind of all over the place.”

All Day Pass is a triumph for all parties involved, one that is available as a name-your-price download at boyfrndz.bandcamp.com.

“It was a really good experience,” Martin said. “We’ve been playing those songs for a long time, so it was good to finally let them out.”

Having already released two EPs and a full length in the group’s two short years together, Boyfrdnz already aims to record a follow-up to All Day Pass, proving they ain’t no fling.

“It has a different sound,” Martin said. “We’re growing a lot.”



 
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