Written by: Caitlin Taff
On May 28th, Boyish released their new EP, We’re all gonna die, but here’s my contribution. There’s plenty of existentialism involved, as the title would suggest, but there’s also a charming youthfulness to it. Their music would be right at home in a coming-of-age film. Perfectly balancing the line between emotionally raw and dreamy, Boyish could be compared to indie-pop sensation Clairo just as easily as they could be compared to 90’s beloveds The Smashing Pumpkins. It’s this atmosphere that really makes the EP. India Shore’s vocals float effortlessly over the luscious guitar and carry you into the world of Boyish.
Throughout We’re all gonna die..., Boyish confess their deepest secrets with daring honesty. Despite the graceful melodies and the general melancholy of it all, there’s a nonchalance to their melodrama. They care, but they’ll get over it. “That’s cool, but I wish I was in her place/Go ahead and give me nothing,” Shore sings on “Superstar.” The song tells the tale of a parasocial relationship between artist and fan; the longing, unrequited turbulence of becoming far too attached.
Between “Guess the world is ending” in “Your Best Friend” and “I can see the end is coming” in “Howls,” the last half of the EP is prophetic and stunningly sad. Letting each word sink in, the spacious echo of acoustic guitar surrounds you like the cold in your bones on a rainy day — harmonious and harrowing simultaneously. “There you go, I’m not your girlfriend,” is sighed with despondent finality on “Your Best Friend.” It’s the agonizing story of being hidden in a queer relationship and wishing it was something that could be announced to the world.
We’re all gonna die, but here’s my contribution is sincere and sarcastic, painful and playful, and ultimately, it’s a wonderful collection of everything that makes Boyish a band you should be keeping your eye on.