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We Interview The Boys

Headlining a show at The Zoo on the 22nd March, James caught up with The Boys to find out what is in store for the all-girl 6-piece.

Besides your upcoming show at Rics this month, what else is in store for the Boys in the upcoming months?

We just got through to the grand finals of the Ric’s Exposed #3 band competition, which will be held on the 18th of March at Ric’s Bar. Following this we will be headlining The Zoo on the 22nd of March, playing alongside Brisbane locals Finders Keepers, Willows and Young Griffo. We plan to then take a short break in April from playing shows and record a 3-track demo. And in the near future we will start to plan an Australian east coast tour and release a single and video clip. Other than that we’ll just continue party rockin’.


I know you have wanted to record for quite sometime, when can we expect an EP from the band?

When we make some money? No, but seriously. We will be recording our 3-track demo in April. We want to start off small and then once we have a larger fan base we will release an EP and then follow that with an interstate tour.

What is the inspiration behind the title ‘The Boys’?

We are a group of incredibly lame and ironic girls.

What artists have inspired and moulded your distinct punk/grunge sound?

We’ve been heavily inspired by Joan Jett and The Runaways. Since forming just under a year ago, our sound is constantly transforming.  Other artists we are moulded by are Bikini Kill, The Smashing Pumpkins, Placebo and of course, Nirvana.

Collectively, you have only been together for a year, what do you think are the reasons behind your quickly formed success?

We are like no other! There are A LOT of bands, especially in Brisbane these days so it’s tough to stand out. We don’t sound like any other band in Brisbane and we’ve been lucky enough to be offered many great opportunities. Also, we work hard. We believe in what we are creating and work hard to get our fans excited and returning to every show!

Without sounding offensive, it could be argued that there is a lack of female representation in the punk rock industry, why do you think that is? Is it a goal of yours to change this?

The punk rock scene is most definitely a sausagefest and we are aware of it. We’ll be doing our bit to shake shit up and hopefully inspire other girls to get involved in the Brisbane music scene.  The Boys would absolutely be honoured to be role models for young girls one day, but for now we are happy looking up to chicks like Brody Dalle and Kathleen Hanna for her-spiration!

What are your thoughts of Brisbane’s music scene and its venues?

In this short year we’ve seen so many Brisbane venues shut down and we are only just getting started. It’s sad to see, but are we are lucky that there are so many various venues in Fortitude Valley alone. We’ve been lucky enough to play at The Zoo, Barsoma, Alhambra Lounge, Basement 243, Ric's Bar, Club 299 and X&Y, just to name a few.

Are you chasing interstate gigs in the near future?

We certainly are! It’s our goal in the near future to play some shows in Sydney and Melbourne and then who knows. Who ever wants us!

Ending on a more serious note…If the band were an animal, what animal would you be?

I think I (Sophia), can answer this on behalf of the girls. We would be a baby monkey.

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