Having announced signing with Cooking Vinyl Australia (City & Colour, The Dandy Warhols), Boydos are kicking things off with the release of Plans and show dates in Sydney and Melbourne.
Plans is the first single off It’s Alright, Look at Me I’m Young, Eddie Boyd’s debut album as Boydos. A fly on the wall of the gig economy of Sydney’s Inner West, Boyd delivers the observations of Kurt Vile and Lou Reed with a dose of adrenalin. It’s beautifully gritty and contagiously agitated.
The themes of procrastination and self-doubt, Boyd reckons, are “pretty common for people in their mid-twenties. Everyone’s trying to get their shit together.” Plans is based mainly on his friends (and, okay, a bit on himself). Friends who hope their girlfriend or parents will help cover the rent this month. Friends who use other friends as a yardstick for their own behaviour, calculating that they’ve got a few fuck-ups left before reaching the grand total of someone else’s.
“I got concepts, I got ideas, I got notebooks full of writing / I got hardbacks, I got softbacks / I got friends and they’ve got contacts / I got hours, I got next year / I got mail I haven’t read yet / I got projects, I got projects…”
Growing up in the Blue Mountains, Boyd spent his youth busking, before studying classical guitar at the Sydney Con and touring a bluesy Eddie Boyd and the Phatapillars around the pubs of NSW. Boydos is very much a new beginning. The characters who inhabit It’s Alright, Look at Me I’m Young are the descendants of the ’90s slacker; only this year’s model is dealing with some very modern problems –the woes of FaceTime sex, sending emails, and empty netbanks to name a few.