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AD172

Artist:
Boring People

Album:
onan

Released:
June 16, 2015

Artist Location:
Kalamazoo, MI



“When your brain gets stuck in limbo thinking of all the good vs bad, loud vs quiet, confident vs cowardly, do or don’t decisions, you say ‘Fuck it’ and tell it how it is. Boring People profess that honesty on “Onan”, where they break down emotional barriers, humiliate, and build us back up into angsty rebels. It’s definitely a reflection on the things we analyze with our relationships, the world around us, and how we feel being surrounded by the people we love and hate.

Wallace and Peter tell a tale on guitars where they pass the lead back and forth, sometimes one is chugging along and the other is shredding over a bridge, only to run back into the groove that Rory and Robbie keep in the pocket. They don’t just keep things moving, they ground it and fill out that lush guitar tone we hear throughout the album. Listen to the syncopated chug in “World in Your Hands”, its BIG and you want to scream “I break my own rule”!!!!! Because thats what we do dammit! Then your telling others in your head, “please don’t push me over, my balance is shot”, and second guessing your decisions. Rory builds us up with that funky hammer on, until the drums and guitar pick it up like steady wildfire.

This melting pot of talented individuals really came together on this album, harmonizing a cappella style in the beginning of “Sometimes I dream when I’m awake”, and featuring Sofia Peters on violin and Fiona Dickonson on cello in “Must See T.V.’, all while holding down their pop punk, Weezer-like virtues. If you like those catchy hooks, and songs that get stuck in your head, you’ll enjoy “Spiderbite” and its imaginative comparison of a person who comes and goes as they please, disappearing and leaving you with only a mark of what was.

Right when you think the protagonist has fallen short of confidence, you turn up “Keys to my Place” and hear a very inviting “wake me up when you want to fuck”, and a heavy, sludge chorus of guitar and electric chord organ, played by David Bolema himself. This song stands out from the rest of the album, and defies the quick upbeat tempo that it paces itself at. These are your 2015 summer hits, blasting while driving, and your rainy day record for reflection and planning your next big move. ”
-Dina Moore, Already Dead Tapes, 2015

C44

Edition of 125

Photography: Ellen VanderMyde
Design: Rory Svekric