BOY HARSHER: new track & video “LA”- Album ‘Careful’ out Feb 1st on Nude Club Records & UK tour incl London show at Heaven

January 23, 2019
Photo credit: Nedda Afsari


– Share new track & video LA”
– Album ‘Careful’ out February 1st on Nude Club Records
– Live dates include Bristol, Leeds, Manchester & London next month

There’s a sense of rejuvenated joy…  Offering the pair’s own doomy electronic voyage into the uncertainties of the future.” –8/10, Uncut
“Boy Harsher’s dysfunction fuels a sound world of sexual tension and emotional upheaval.” – Electronic Sound
“There’s a lot of EBM around at the moment, but not much as steamy as this.” – Mixmag 
“Superb… Careful is a glorious coming-out.” – **** Q 
“Perfectly produced with Muller’s minimal equipment, the sound is crisp and clear…an album as enthralling to turn into a cult classic.” – 8/10, Loud and Quiet

As their fast-approaching European tour dates continue to sell out, Massachusetts duo BOY HARSHER have shared a third and final pre-release track from their forthcoming album ‘Careful’, which will be released on February 1st via their own imprint Nude Club Records.

New track “LA” is a high tempo workout, blending melancholy synths and a hard hitting industrial beat. The band explain: “LA” defines the album, by both mourning lost / lustful opportunities and craving that fleeting escape.” 

The accompanying video is a collaboration between artist-director Kathleen Dycaico and Boy Harsher, with co-director and executive producer Jill Ferraro; feat. Tara-Jo Tashna, and shot by Kofi Carson.  The story follows Hunter + Angel, two country camgirls in love and longing. They constantly film and watch their live-streamed love, surviving on cherries and beer, until signs that “Time’s Up” appear in the world around them. Hunter + Angel eventually take their memories out back and use them for target practice, and destroy the images of their love. 

“LA is about longing, the inevitable end of precious time, and centring heartbreak in the sights says Dyciaco.“Steady, now, aim and –“

Boy Harsher live dates:
Feb 21 Hamburg, DE – Turmzimmer # **SOLD OUT**
Feb 22 Amsterdam, NL – Melkweg # **SOLD OUT**
Feb 23 St. Maló , FR – La Route Du Rock
Feb 24 Bristol, UK – Lanes #
Feb 25 Leeds, UK – Wharf Chambers #
Feb 26 Manchester, UK – Soup Kitchen #
Feb 27 London, UK – Heaven #
Feb 28 Lille, FR – L’Aeronef #
Mar 01 Nancy, FR – L’Autre Canal #
Mar 02 Paris, FR – Badaboum # **SOLD OUT**
Mar 03 Lyon, FR – Le Sucre
Mar 04 Heidelberg, DE – Karlstorbahnhof #
Mar 05 Berlin, DE – Berghain # **SOLD OUT**
Mar 06 Leipzig, DE – UT Connewitz # **SOLD OUT**
Mar 07 Augsburg, DE – Kantine #
Mar 08 Cologne, DE – Artheater # **SOLD OUT**
Mar 09 Brussels, BE – Rotondes #
Mar 10 Berlin, DE – Urban Spree # **SOLD OUT**

Boy Harsher began through an urgent need to produce and consume. In the winter of 2014, Jae Matthews and Augustus Muller started to experiment with sound, video and text; the advent of Boy Harsher. Born out of this tumultuous relationship in swampy Georgia, their first EP ‘Lesser Man’ (various pressings 2014 – 2018, Soft Science/Night People/Aufnahme + Wiedergabe/Nude Club) is sexy as it is sulking. ‘Lesser Man’ determined their morose pop sound. In their second release, the full length ‘Yr Body is Nothing’ (various pressings 2016 – 2018, DKA Records/Nude Club) Matthews and Muller took that darkness and ran with it. Both releases reflect the fervor present in their adolescent lust and anger. Yet before Matthews and Muller recorded any songs, their chaos made the project vulnerable and invariably lead to momentary destruction. In what was at the time believed to be their last performance, Matthews had “careful” tattooed across her back whilst Muller fried the speakers. A lit candle was thrown. They were not on speaking terms.

At that time “Careful” was meant as a warning: the cautionary understanding of love. The duo felt as though they were disappearing within one another. But, if Boy Harsher’s first two releases narrated the pain and desperation that follows after something goes awry, then this LP, Careful’, describes what loves gives you: fear and joy, tenderness and pain. For Boy Harsher, ‘Careful’ attempts to detail the enveloping trauma of loss combined with the fantasy of escape.

Matthews and Muller certainly made amends since that fateful live tattooing, however both still have complex relationships to attachments. In 2017 Matthews’ mother was diagnosed with dementia and as the symptoms began to take hold the essence of “careful” became relevant in a new way. Matthews’ relationship with her parents has always been complicated: her father passed away when she was a teenager and her mother is an alcoholic, consistently unpredictable with affection and stability. The loss of her father was extreme, yet acute, whereas the persistent sadness of losing her mother (the memories that defined their relationship) is a slow, chronic suffering. The trauma of losing someone is almost in tandem to Matthews’ understanding of love. It is with these intensely personal struggles Matthews and Muller began developing their new album.

With ‘Careful’Boy Harsher use the medium of minimal electronics to create a compelling narrative of a deteriorating family and the reaction to run away from it. The record plots its time between songs that study the trauma embedded within loss, and the compulsion to flee.

The band expands upon the fine-tuned production developed in their last EP ‘Country Girl’ (2017, Ascetic House), but with plenty of nods to the fast tempo and grittiness of ‘Lesser Man’. Matthews and Muller attribute the evolution of their sound to the extensive touring they completed in the last few years. They sold out their debut UK shows at the end of 2017 and embarked on two US and two EU tours this past year, where audiences recognize their set as a faster, harder version of their recorded material.

‘Careful’ is available to pre-order here: 

‘Careful’ track list:
1. Keep Driving
2. Face the Fire
3. Fate
4. LA
5. Come Closer
6. The Look You Gave (Jerry)
7. Tears
8. Crush
9. Lost
10. Careful


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