Boys Home show they’re ready for the next step in their career with their debut album, Wishbone.
Sometimes I unknowingly listen to an album with undefined expectations that I never realized I had until I’m caught by surprise. Maybe it’s just knowing how great of a year it’s been for new music and that it’s hard for new releases to feel as memorable as those in my top ten thus far, but whatever the case, Kansas emo band Boys Home have caught my attention with their debut full-length, Wishbone.
I discovered Boys Home late last year when they played the Tardis Room in Portland. They were in the middle of a name change having been known as ‘Bruise,’ and when the change officially happened I kind of lost track of them in the same way I admittedly lose track of a lot of bands I like on Facebook after enjoying a live set. I didn’t remember anything about their sound, but the maturity Boys Home showcased lyrically and sonically in Wishbone is striking.
Their riffs are memorable and their harmonies add a depth to their sound that will have fans putting this album on repeat. Boys Home’s instrumentals are more refined than on their 2016 EP and that is sure to attract a wider audience. The production still gives their sound the grittiness of their 90’s influences and fits the overall mood of their lyrics in which the band faces some of the harsh realities of growing up. 13 tracks may be a lot to take in if you’re just getting familiar with the band, so I suggest you check out “Lighthearted Blasphemy” or “Clockwork” if you’re just getting into them.