Toronto Rockers Release BLACKED OUT


Wait, is this a screeching halt to the soundscape of 2021? Or do we just “Blacked Out”? Maybe it’s a bit of both, or at least it seems to be when you blast the speakers on Canadian Rockers The Manic Boys and Girls Club’s first drop – available now.

“’Blacked Out’ is a cry for help disguised as an upbeat dance floor banger,” admits the Manic Boys and Girls Club. “We’re lost, overmedicated, depressed and hidden behind bathroom selfies, late nights and lip gloss.

“Raised by strict Catholics, children of immigrant parents, and sent to live in rural Portugal with their grandmother – who was previously a nun – the Manic Boys and Girls Club is more than a group,” explain the co-facades Bela and Fernando Ferrieira. . “It’s an escape from submissive existence that was reality, an escape from throwaway music packed for the masses and an escape for any misfit seeking to join the club.”

Blacked Out rages out of doors, relentless in its pulsating bass and ineffable synth. The song doesn’t dare you move; he demands it. This is the track you find yourself spinning under a kaleidoscope of disco ball diamonds. The song that you go up to eleven, while you dance on your headphones. It is the jam that gives you permission to disappear from reality for a moment. Slip into a soundscape far removed from the dull everyday life. Beauty is in its escape.

A myriad of synths, pounding percussion, catchy riffs and melodic hooks, “Blacked Out” is also a dance bop as it is a tribute to everything that worked for independent artists OG from the beginning of 2ks. If Dragonette had asked Mother Mother on a date, they might have been in the backseat of the car producing “Blacked Out,” the supercharged single putting this sibling duo on the map.

As for the co-facades of the Manic Boys and Girls Club, the couple share an equal responsibility to the group: Bela’s haunting voice, balanced with Fernando’s tasty harmony, their dual talent caught the attention of producer Gavin Brown ( Glorious Sons, Billy Talent, Mother Mother), who would continue to produce their EP. “We are quite stubborn and very opinionated when we work, so the fact that an award-winning producer like Gavin Brown supported us and agreed with us on various ideas seems like a miracle,” the group explains. .

The result is a collection of five songs recounting the two loners’ experiences on tour in a van, as well as relationships and bad habits. “Every song begins with lyrics and a melody,” they say. “No matter how it’s produced, each of our songs can be a lullaby.

“When we play as a duo, our music is heard as it was originally written.”

For Bela and Fernando, the essence of songwriting comes from growing up in the studio. By endlessly refining, endlessly adjusting, the songs they bring to the recording session can continue to morph and transform entirely. “We’ve always agreed that a song is never over,” they say. “You just choose to stop and record at a certain point.

“So as we play music, let’s play, whatever… We continue to develop these songs. Everything keeps growing. A song that we recorded months ago can continue to evolve in our room. rehearsal and now be interpreted with quite a different sound. “

“The obvious limitations of an independent group create a demand for greater creativity in everything we produce,” they continue. “There is nothing behind to hide. Our ideas need to be translated into their simplest, low-budget form. Everyone involved is there because they believe in what we are creating. There is a feeling. of “nothing to lose” when you’re a freelance So we kind of go for whatever we feel, even if an idea seems crazy when we say it out loud. “

It is the fearlessness of their ideas and their shared love for risk taking that sets the Manic Boys and Girls Club on a path of their own. Walking down a rock highway and picking up pop and dance hitchhikers along the way encapsulates a sound they are also rediscovering and reinventing.

For those who fell in love with the first rock / synth crossovers from the early 2000s, join the club. The Manic Girls and Boys Club. There is always room for one more misfit.

Blacked Out is available now.

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