BOYGENIUS - BOYGENIUS 12" EP[5TH ANNIVERSARY REVISIONIST HISTORY EDITION]
12" EP OPAQUE YELLOW VINYL
5th Anniversary Edition on Yellow Vinyl and in a Gatefold Sleeve
Baker, Bridgers, and Dacus formed boygenius after booking a tour together, but the trio had subconsciously been in the works for longer than that. Through a series of tours and performances together, and chance encounters that led to friendships - including Bridgers' and Dacus' first in-person meeting backstage at a Philadelphia festival, greenroom hangouts that felt instantly comfortable and compatible, a couple of long email chains and even a secret handshake between Baker and Dacus - the lyrically and musically arresting singer-songwriters and kindred spirits got to know each other on their own terms.
“It seemed obvious to record a 7-inch for tour, although many adult men will try to take credit for the idea,” adds Bridgers. “When we got together, we had way more songs than we expected and worked so well together, that we decided to make a full EP.”
In early June of 2018, they practiced and wrote for a day before holing up in Los Angeles' storied Sound City studios. Each brought one finished song and one idea to boygenius, and though all six songs were fleshed out and finalized together, each reflects the sensibilities of its initial author. Baker's slow builds and taut vocals add urgency to ‘Souvenir' and ‘Stay Down', while album opener ‘Bite the Hand' roils with slow-burning layers of guitar as Dacus stands in her devastating truth: “I can't love you like you want me to.” The Bridgers-architected ‘Me & My Dog' chugs into view with a deceptively simple open-road riff and Bridgers' insistent recounting of a relationship that couldn't help but fall apart.
“Everyone seemed both confident enough to present ideas and fight for their individual vision, but considerate and humble enough to make decisions which ultimately served the song,” says Baker. “It was a process that required a balance of determination and forthrightness with graciousness and pliability, and I think that we all did a good job of enacting that.”
Bite The Hand
Me & My Dog
Salt In The Wound
Rock & Pop