We are happy to premiere 'BF3;' a new song from Lancaster, PA's Boyfriends. Well, new... the song was originally recorded back in 2011 for an EP that never saw the light of day. But thanks to Keith from Count Your Lucky Stars Records, the song has now finally found a home on "A Discography of Mediocre Punk Rock (2009-2012)," a complete collection of Boyfriends' entire discography that wil be out May 7 (pre-order HERE). Whether it's revisiting songs you once loved or hearing them for the first time, these songs are special.
Drummer Brian Baksa about the song: "BF3, for lack of a better title, was a part of the last batch of songs we recorded as a band. It was probably the most focused and tightly assembled piece from our discography, making it a good one to end on, or start on, either way."
In case you don't remember, Boyfriends was a band that played fast music and had gruff vocals. Think Hot Water Music, Small Brown Bike and Planes Mistaken for Stars for reference. They featured members from 1994! and Snowing and were part of the Emo Revival, a special time period that encompassed the releases of so many incredible bands of the mid 2000s to the mid 2010s in what felt like one giant community. Bands performed in basements, houses, tiny community centers- really, anywhere they could play- to rooms full of sweaty kids all across the country, playing music with their hearts on their sleeves with little aspiration but love of their craft.
Pennsylvania was arguably the epicenter of it all. The state was not limited to one specific genre though, with many bands blending sounds and taking cues from a variety of different scenes. But history has a funny way of remembering things- for every Algernon Cadwallader or Snowing, there were 30 bands that were just as good that went unheard. You couldn't throw a rock without hitting a great DIY PA band during those days.
Enter Boyfriends. Boyfriends played a brand of melodic punk rock with gruff vocals and distorted guitars. Actually, members of Boyfriends shared members with two of the most heralded acts of the entire genre, Snowing and 1994!. But Boyfriends never received their fair due. Possibly because all of their material was issued only on EPs, comp and splits or possibly because the only release that found its way to universal streaming services was the S/T 7" that Count Your Lucky Stars co-released back in 2011. Whatever the reason, they were overlooked and underappreciated. Until now that is.