This past October, Burlington, MA’s rock trio Boagrius released a 7-track self-titled EP. Boagrius remain faithful to their grunge rock influence that was prominent on their previous releases, but get a bit more adventurous with their songwriting including elements of funk, blues, punk, pop, folk, and even.. reggae?
The EP kicks off with Vertigo- a song that sounds like the Boagrius we know and love Heavy, fuzzy guitar riffs and raspy, but still melodic vocals from front-man Ryan Vibert. You can certainly hear their love for the 90s Seattle bands on this track: namely Nirvana and Soundgarden.
The following tracks are a bit of a surprise for people familiar with Boagrius’s previously released EPs. “Up Here Next to Me” opens with a bluesy funk (or funky blues?) riff followed by a more hard-hitting fuzz rock chorus, staying faithful to that quiet-loud-quiet songwriting dynamic popular in a lot of 90s alt rock. “Dam” is more of a power pop/punk rock song. It actually sounds like could fit easily onto Titus Andronicus’s latest LP. “Races” is a pop-rock song with reggae-esque offbeat guitar strumming. This track also features lead vocals from their bassist, Julien Saliba, who has a markedly different vocal style than Vibert. While Vibert has a more raw rock n’ roll flavor to his vocals, Saliba has a cleaner pop sensibility in his singing.
Though their sound is less consistent than on previous releases, you can still tell the trio is fully committed to their craft. They don’t half-ass anything, no matter what style they experiment with. They make every song, every chord, every note, every melody, every line, and every beat count. I look forward to hearing more music from these “boys” from Burlington. – Dave Boz
You can check out Boagrius live 1/5/18 @ UnchARTed in Lowell, MA.
For other info visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/boagriusma