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Alternative & Indie - Released June 19, 2019 | Captured Tracks

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 16, 2019 | Captured Tracks

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 10, 2019 | Captured Tracks

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 25, 2016 | Captured Tracks

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 26, 2019 | Captured Tracks

B Boys do a lot with two chords. Since the group's formation in 2014, a minimalist ethos has served as one of their guiding principles, and yet their spiny post-punk doesn't come across as simplistic. Pounding out compact arrangements with a kind of martial stringency, the New York trio has tempered their music with a sense of artful wit, helping to color their social commentaries with shades of absurdism. Their songs are at once off-putting and strangely compelling, filled with stunted rhythmic breakdowns, staccato riffs, and barked phrases. Edging ever forward, though taking care to avoid any excess, Dudu follows 2017's Dada, picking up more or less where the band's debut and its preceding EP left off. As on each of the band's releases, the vocals are split diplomatically between guitarist Britton Walker and bassist Brendon Avalos, who tag-team back and forth while drummer Andrew Kerr drives the engine. A perception of unity remains a B Boys hallmark, with each member shouldering his appropriate share of the song's mass. There are no solos to speak of and what melodic leads exist are more often than not covered by the bass while both singers issue their questions and commands in rhythmic near-monotone shouts. There are plenty of standouts among Dudu's 15 tracks, which blend standard-length songs with a handful of brief kinetic outbursts that hover around the one-minute mark. The nervy "Pressure Inside," with its hoarse cries of "Guilty!" and "Prove it!," is a prime B Boys cut, as is the choppy gem "I Want." The excellent "On Repeat" takes a more full-bodied punk approach and the moody "Asleep/Awake" is a dark, plodding anthem with some surprising textural varnish. A worthy follow-up and tonal cousin to B Boys' strong debut, Dudu hits its mark. ~ Timothy Monger
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Alternative & Indie - Released April 24, 2019 | Captured Tracks

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 16, 2017 | Captured Tracks

Offering a further distillation of their lean approach, Brooklyn's B Boys return with Dada, a flexed muscle of a record that deftly mixes post-punk, art-rock, and subversive wit. As on their 2016 debut for Captured Tracks, Dada takes its cues from spiky guitar progenitors like Wire, Devo, and Gang of Four, with 13 songs that leave plenty of space in between the lines. Like a statement of intent, nervy opening salvo "B Boys Anthem" sets the tone as strident, hooky riffs propel barked statements like "identity seen in a mirror, this body encases all my fears." Lead vocals are shared between guitarist Britton Walker and bassist Brendon Avalos, whose short shouts play back and forth like clipped punk echoes falling occasionally into militaristic unison or communal harmony. The production and mixing from engineer Gabe Wax is upfront and uncluttered, focusing on the trio's minimalist power and rhythmic interplay. There are brief punk blasts like "Psycho (Still)" -- a title making its third appearance in the B Boys canon -- which halts rather abruptly at just over a minute in length, as well as longer, moodier cuts like "Fade" which veers slightly into new wave territory. "Energy" is constructed around a single repeated guitar note while standout track "I" cascades into an outpouring of rugged electricity over fascinatingly complex drum patterns. Even as they toy with their non-conformist psychology, absurdist in-jokes, and opaque commentary, B Boys seem to adhere to a distinct personal code and within those confines they've created a strangely alluring little world. ~ Timothy Monger
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Alternative & Indie - Released March 18, 2016 | Captured Tracks

The muscular guitar-driven thump of B Boys' 2016 debut calls to mind post-punk forebears like Wire and Gang of Four. Tight, insistent, and occasionally menacing, the eight tracks on No Worry No Mind are darkly textured and smartly crafted. B Boys' moody blend of jagged hooks, new wave, and the clarion call of straight-up punk makes for an exciting if somewhat brief listen. There are plenty of highlights throughout, but the blazing opener "Seagulls" and its riffy successor "Sound Frequency" should give listeners a fairly clear picture of where this young Brooklyn-based band is coming from. ~ Timothy Monger