The Boys are an all-female grunge band hailing from Brisbane, Australia. They’re often compared to The Runaways, Bikini Kill and Babes in Toyland. Their lives shows are always super fun!
What inspired you to start? Was it always the intention to have an all-girl band?
THE BOYS: Sophia and Jordan were introduced through a friend who knew they both wanted to start an all-girl band. It was always our intention to start the band with only girls. We soon discovered there weren’t enough female rock bands in Brisbane and we wanted to be heard. We met up, discussed our future plans and mutual dislike for the countless amount of generic indie bands overpowering our city and set out to be different. We advertised for other members and met Rachel, Ari and Ella. The Boys were born.
You recently launched your EP to a packed house at Ric’s. I was told there were folks who couldn’t get in to see your set because it was so crazy busy! Tell us about the night.
TB: It was an overwhelming crowd response. We had all put so much energy and work into the preparation of the night and were so ecstatic with the turn out. We played a fun show and in return, gave our fans free beer. We released our EP, new merch and sang new songs. The Ric’s Bar team hooked us up with a green room with free food and champagne. That’s when we knew we had made it.
The songs on your self-titled 3-track EP are Stripper, Numb and Dirty Breed; can you please give us a little insight into each as far as lyrics/themes go. Are there any stories behind them?
TB: We chose these three songs to record, as they were some of the first songs we had ever written. The concept behind ‘Stripper’ is the frustration, desperation and heartbreak of being in love with someone who doesn’t love you back. Specifically, when Jordy wrote the lyrics, she was crushin’ on someone who was in love with a stripper. ‘Numb’ is pretty self-explanatory. The theme behind the song is the moment of depression when you don’t even feel sad any more, you just feel numb. ‘Dirty Breed’ signifies the darkness and dirtiness of the music industry. It was written based around the concept of “selling your soul to the man”; selling out and changing yourself for fame.
A recent review of the EP noted, “Lyrically none of the songs are masterpieces” and “They’re not the greatest songs you will hear this year”; how do you feel about these observations will you take the criticism on-board when writing in the future?
TB: We know that a lot of our lyrics are simple and straight to the point, but when people comment on the value of our lyrics, they need to get the concept right. All of our songs have some sort of emotional context behind them and that’s all that matters to us. A lot of our songs were written at the age 18. As we experience life our music will grow. Masterpieces don’t happen overnight, right?
Of course! When writing songs what is most important to you?
TB: Music is an emotional experience. We set out with the purpose to write something people can connect with. Whether it makes people happy or sad, it has to create an emotional experience for both our audience and us, through both lyrics and instrumentation.
Was there any specific musical inspiration for the sound of the EP?
TB: We recorded the EP in roughly two days in a small recording space in West End. We’re starving musicians, so of course we don’t have a lot of money to fund a massive project. The final outcome was rough and raw and a small taste of what’s to come in the future.
The Boys’ sound has progressed quite a bit since when you first formed to now; how would you describe your evolution in sound? Whenever I hear folks talk of you or write of you they tend to mentioned The Runaways, Bikini Kill, Babes in Toyland.
TB: We’ve progressed immeasurably since we first formed the band. The first time we practiced as a group, we played ‘Zombie’ by The Cranberries and it was just awful. We’re growing as musicians, becoming more technical with detailed riffs and greater dynamics. In regards to what people compare us to, we all have heavy 90’s influences and this comes across in our music.
I’ve read in a previous interview that you ladies look up to, and draw inspiration from the likes of Brody Dalle and Kathleen Hanna; why are these lady musicians important to you?
Your bio reads “With the girl power of the Spice Girls, the grunge stylings of the Smashing Pumpkins and the visceral energy of The Runaways, we are The Boys.”; do you think the Spice Girls version of Girl Power shares anything in common with what Bikini Kill was talking about?
TB: GIRL POWER! Both the Spice Girls and Bikini Kill had a strong element of female solidarity. Girl Power is the essence of girls being equal, independent and taking charge.
When The Boys perform live what are you aiming for? Is there anything you’re trying to say to your audience?
TB: Whenever we perform, we try to make sure everybody has fun. Our shows are more than just listening to a CD. We try to get an emotional and fun experience across to our fans. We like to kick ass!
What bands do you feel a kinship with in terms of the Brisbane music scene?
TB: We love our local music family! We’re buds with Blonde On Blonde, Love Hate Rebellion, Dave’s Pawn Shop, Junkyard Diamonds, Foxes, Cherry Dove, GUNK, The Halls, Galapogos, Thirteen Seventy and so many more. We scratch their backs, they scratch ours.
When not making music what else do the members of The Boys do? Are there any other creative or community projects you’re involved in?
TB: We are a band of many talents. Jordan enjoys art, photography, learning different languages, volunteering and studies psychology and social work. Ariana skateboards, writes poetry and novels, used to be a professional tennis player and works for the government. Rachel is planning to study journalism, enjoys writing and plays in band Love Hate Rebellion, alongside sister Ariana. Ella writes, plays piano and enjoys Law and Order S.V.U. And Sophia sells stationary, studies music, is a door bitch, interns at Time Off and does publicity for club night Cheated Hearts.
What’s next for The Boys?
TB: We are currently planning our first film clip and east coast tour. Not far after that, there will be an album. Stay tuned.