Boyfrienders is a power-pop band that formed in 2014, in the Metro Detroit area of Michigan. Originally conceived as a Mountain Goats-esque lo-fi solo project by lead singer/guitarist Poppy Morawa, the project has evolved into a full-on collaborative project also featuring Matthew Stonebraker on guitar, Celeste Jones as co-lead vocalist/bassist, and Alex Gene Sorenson on drums. On the cusp of releasing their third album “Midwest Alive in Nightmares”, Boyfrienders have been busy honing their craft, perfecting their process of writing infectious hooks, while invoking a new 90’s and 00’s alternative and indie-rock sensibility reminiscent of bands such as Dinosaur Jr., Say Anything, and The Strokes.
Boyfrienders’ third album, “Midwest Alive in Nightmares”, is the perfect distillation of the band’s sound: catchy melodies and striking leads, built in sophisticated pop rhythm. Lyrically, the record is conceptual, a meditation on growing up and feeling stuck in an area that will never truly feel like home. This feeling is reflected in such tracks as The Moment, Teen Creek, and Johnny Drama, forever attempting to scratch and claw your way out of a situation that feels inescapable, yet being afraid to break through that comfort zone. The record was written and recorded over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic at Eureka Records in Wyandotte, MI, and brought to life by producer Austin Stawowczyk.
Joining forces with Good Luck Charm Records in 2019, and with each member being ingrained in the local music scene for years beforehand, Boyfrienders has opened for and played with such acts as Mover Shaker, Thank You I’m Sorry, Dogleg, Greet Death, Niiice., Seaholm, and Bombastic Dream Pussy. With plenty of shows lined up for the fall and multiple tours in the planning stages, Boyfrienders is ready to finally strike out from the local DIY scene and make their mark on a national stage.
“‘The Moment’ (…) takes some admitted and noticeable influence from Sonic Youth, but brings it into more of an emo/post-hardcore context.“Brooklyn Vegan
“Boyfrienders have provided us with a stellar collection of songs.”IDIOTEQ