B Boys, the Brooklyn-based indie trio, is the most recent name to emerge from a long list of musicians that call the Big Apple home. Boasting an intense, nervy sound, B Boys bring back the vibes of 70s post-punk icons such as Wire and Gang of Four, but with their own unique style. In a few short years, the threesome has honed their craft in the city the never sleeps and has performed on some of the five boroughs largest stages, including the late Shea Stadium. With their first EP on shelves, B Boys are beginning to surface in a variety of cities outside Brooklyn.
We caught up with B Boys in advance of their U.S. tour starting on Oct. 13 and stopping through Atlanta at the 529 Club on Oct. 15.
Your first EP, “No Worry No Mind” impressed what feels like everyone that listened to it. How did this record come about and how long did you work on it?
The EP is compromised of the first batch of songs we had written after we started the band. We had only played a small handful of shows, and didn’t necessarily know exactly what we were going to sound like. That process was about finding our voice— even if we had to cram all that exploration into two days.
It feels like more like a full-length than an actually EP due to it’s thoroughness and how complete it is. Did that ever cross your mind in the creation process?
I don’t know if we acknowledged what the record would be released as— we just wanted to document what we were doing at the time and get our songs out into the world.
There’s very little wasted space on the record and as mentioned, the EP is put together very well. How did the two different versions of “Psycho” come about and why did you choose to include both? The different speeds of the song feels like it gives off a different meaning. Do you see it that way?
The double “Psycho” actually came from a dream one of our good friends had where he said he imagined us playing it twice in one night. During practice, we sort of jokingly started grooving it with a slower drum feel and realized that it actually worked. Having the reprise on the record re-emphasizes the sentiments of the lyrics.
In an interview you mentioned along the the lines that your music is therapy to anxiety (partly felt due to living in NYC?) When did you decide to embrace this feeling as a group?
Everyone deals with anxiety in some capacity in their lives— we all happen to channel ours into this creative process together. I’m not certain there was a conscious choice to embrace this as a group dynamic, its just the people we are.
In such a short time, you’ve played at some pretty sizable venues including Shea Stadium. Are you Mets fans and what was that experience like?
We’re split in regard to being Mets and Yankees fans, but I think we can all agree on the nachos.
Some call NYC the greatest place on earth (I believe that anyway). What’s your favorite spot in the city?
Jessi’s in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
Touring brings a lot of unusual and cool experiences. In your tour diary I saw you collected as much free food as possible at a festival. What’s the best meal you’ve had on the road and how difficult is it to get used to that lifestyle?
The most difficult aspect of tour is figuring out comfortable places to do every day things— eat, sleep, shower, poop. Can’t really beat a co-op salad & hot bar.
B Boys tour spans two weeks, stopping in major U.S. cities along the southern coast. For more information on their album and tour, click HERE