Formed in 2011 by Scott Martin (guitars/vocals), Aaron Perez (drums) and Joseph Raines (bass), experimental prog-psych group BOYFRNDZ emerged on the Austin, TX scene with an intensely prolific output. Within their first two years as a band, the trio released a series of EPs, singles, live recordings and their debut full-length album, All Day Pass. Originally a trio, the band added keyboardist Ben Livingston in 2014 and signed with Brutal Panda Records. This same year BOYFRNDZ released their second full-length record, Breeder, which saw the group further expanding their meticulously constructed hypnotic sound into new realms of colorful, energetic and emotional territories.
Since their debut release, BOYFRNDZ has notched tours in direct support of PALMS (side project of Chino Moreno, Deftones), Marnie Stern and Trail Of The Dead…, as well as performing alongside Glassjaw, Caddywhompus and Future Death. They have also appeared on a number of festival lineups, including Treefort, Fun Fun Fun and SXSW, while garnering critical acclaim along the way from the likes of Stereogum, Noisey, Ghettoblaster and MetalSucks.
Fast forward to 2016 as BOYFRNDZ are set to release their forthcoming third LP, Impulse, the quartet's most mature and expansive material to date. Recorded at Uniform Studios with producer Jeff Zeigler (War On Drugs, Kurt Vile, Nothing), Impulse is a cerebral and emotive sonic journey. Complete with celestial melodies, propulsive rhythms and the soaring, ethereal falsetto of vocalist/guitarist Scott Martin, BOYFRNDZ have created a dark, meticulous work of chilling atmosphere and timeless soulful majesty.
"New Austin, Texas, band Boyfrndz, however, was very well-put-together, with a decidedly math-rock bent. (You don’t pack a six-string bass for nothing, right?) But they’re much more than that. They merge kinetic, head-exploding release with an airy sense of song. This melodic heavenliness makes their technicality an invigorating punch and not a dragging anchor of overreaching display that kills the humanity in their music. It’s the kind of experimental rock with real beauty, the kind that doesn’t lose sight of the emotionality of music. They were the question mark from out of town, but ended up being a surprise find." - Orlando weekly
"Technically out of this world, the sound achieved on this release simply resonates as the beauty of chaos. You will love this ride, it’s one that shocked my senses every single minute." - Sound Colour Vibration on Live with Ikey Owens
"This is just one of those bands you don’t want to label with technical mumbo-jumbo. One moment you’re caught in the hook with eerie vocals, bobbing your head, and the next a complicated guitar riff slams and faster-than-light drums hit you in the back of the head. If music is a journey, Boyfrndz is weaving in and out the back roads on a schizophrenic highway." - Hearingade
"This is an obvious ‘Do not miss this band before they blow the f–k up’ kind of thing." -Knuckle Rumbler
"Boyfrndz sound is an explosive contusion of wild guitar noise and expansive rhythms that fans of Tera Melos, Zach Hill, and Marnie Stern will be sure to enjoy." - Exploding in Sound
"Boyfrndz definitely exude a really chilled-out, shoegazey approach to noise-pop. The piecey, glitchy moments in “Human Suit” remind me of Baths, just without the occasional, head-scratchingly offensive vocal line. The songs sound bright and sunny— no, wait, they sound like a vacation. While there’s a lot going on in every song, I feel relaxed, like I can let the electric blips and static-laced bass wash over me in waves." -Musicurious