Boys forever is the alias of Glaswegian all-rounder Patrick Doyle. Doyle wrote, sung and played every instrument on this vitriolic pop debut. Recorded in LA, whilst maintaining the misery of the grey London winter in which it was written, 'Boys Forever' is pop music with an evil twist. Available to pre-order on vinyl or cd.
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We’ve played this record so many times in the office that its few annoying bits have become extremely visible and we’ve started to become immune to the good bits. None of this of course is Patrick Doyle's fault. We should learn to rotate our music. Doyle was of course in Veronica Falls and here strikes out solo with a pleasant album of shambling guitar pop.
He’s obviously completely enamoured with the falling over pop music of the likes of the Pastels and Beat Happening. He has a nice way with a melody that is in particular evident over the course of the first few tracks. Everything is simple with hazily strummed guitars and brushed drums. It’s hard not to like it and the only thing really holding it back is the basic production. Sometimes particularly on ‘ I Don’t Remember Your Name’ the melody is good enough to be presented to the public in a more….expensive manner but I guess that isn't the aim here. The lo-fi odd pop of Guided By Voices haunts ‘Things’ and the album is better for a bit of eeriness and Doyle hooks into my craw better when he shows a bit of anger.
And so the pops keep coming, bang bang bang catchy songs about love gone wrong and by the time ‘Brian’ rolls I’m urging Patrick to let the protagonist of his woe go and get on with his life but without heartache these melodies would be locked in some part of his brain. Although it sounds cruel, I’m sorta glad Patrick went through it to realise these shards of endearing C86 pop.
9/10 Tofu Sausages Customer review, 5th August 2016
Along with Breakfast Muff Boys Forever hold the future of indiepop in their fey, malnourished hands. It's a brill album! Sad Teenage Fanclub/Tracy Ullman melodies, muted production which reminds me a bit of Cocteau Twins 'Head over Heels' for some reason...lovely! fave songs: Things and Underground. Nice and short as well! Pop it on and have a nice bag of crisps and a Negroni. On tour with Goon Sax soon which should fulfill your jingle-jangle indie dreams for 2016. On a new label as well - support the underground!
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