boygenius announces new album

boygenius, comprised of Lucy Dacus, Phoebe Bridgers, and Julien Baker have announced a new self-titled EP, to be released on 11/9

boygenius, is Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus. The trio will release their self-titled EP debut on November 9th on Matador Records. Along with the announcement, boygenius has released a captivating triumvirate of
new songs titled ‘Stay Down’, ‘Me & My Dog’, and ‘Bite The Hand’, which can be streamed below.

Julien Baker and Phoebe Bridgers will hit the road in North America this fall for a co-headline tour, with
Dacus opening. Each artist will play her own individual set of tunes, but fans just might be able to hear some boygenius songs along the way – though that’s a rumour we can’t yet confirm. The tour kicks off at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium on November 4th.

Baker, Bridgers, and Dacus formed boygenius after booking a tour together, but the trio had subconsciously been in the works for longer than that. Through a series of tours and performances together, and chance encounters that led to friendships – including Bridgers’ and Dacus’ first in-person meeting backstage at a Philadelphia festival,
greenroom hangouts that felt instantly comfortable and compatible, a couple of long email chains and even a secret handshake between Baker and Dacus – the lyrically and musically arresting singer-songwriters and kindred spirits got to know each other on
their own terms.

“When we met, Lucy and Phoebe and I were in similar places in our lives and our musical endeavours, but also had similar attitudes toward music that engendered an immediate affinity,” Baker explains. “Lucy and Phoebe are incredibly gifted performers, and I am a fan of their art outside of being their friends, but they are also both very wise, discerning and kind people whom I look up to in character as much as in talent.” With gut-wrenchingly personal yet easily relatable verses and spare, lilting melodic arrangements, all three are leading a new rock vanguard that values unflinching self- awareness and unassailable songcraft. Baker’s sophomore LP Turn On the Lights and
Bridgers’ debut Stranger in the Alps swept best-of-2017 lists, while Dacus’ meditation on loss, Historian, has already become one of 2018’s most lauded releases. “A long time ago, before I even met Phoebe, Julien mentioned that she had a pipe dream of starting a band with both of us,” says Dacus. “Then we booked this tour and decided the
time was right.”

“It seemed obvious to record a 7-inch for tour, although many adult men will try to take credit for the idea,” adds Bridgers. “When we got together, we had way more songs than we expected and worked so well together, that we decided to make a full EP.”

In early June of 2018, they practiced and wrote for a day before holing up in Los Angeles’ storied Sound City studios. Each brought one finished song and one idea to boygenius, and though all six songs were fleshed out and finalized together, each reflects the sensibilities of its initial author. Baker’s slow builds and taut vocals add
urgency to ‘Souvenir’ and ‘Stay Down’, while album opener ‘Bite the Hand’ roils with slow-burning layers of guitar as Dacus stands in her devastating truth: “I can’t love you like you want me to.” The Bridgers-architected ‘Me & My Dog’ chugs into view with a deceptively simple open-road riff and Bridgers’ insistent recounting of a relationship that couldn’t help but fall apart.

“Everyone seemed both confident enough to present ideas and fight for their individual vision, but considerate and humble enough to make decisions which ultimately served the song,” says Baker. “It was a process that required a balance of determination and forthrightness with graciousness and pliability, and I think that we all did a good job of enacting that.”

Julien Baker and Phoebe Bridgers with Lucy Dacus Tour Dates:

4/11 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
6/11 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
7/11 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
8/11 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre
10/11 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
11/11 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
12/11 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
13/11 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
15/11 – St Louis, MO – The Pageant
16/11 – Madison, WI – The Sylvee
17/11 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
19/11 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
20/11 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
23/11 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
24/11 – Seattle, WA – The Moore Theatre
25/11 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
27/11 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
29/11 – San Diego, CA – The Observatory North Park
30/11 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
Julien Baker Tour Dates:

25/8 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony (Shadow of the City Festival) w/ Bleachers, Hayley Kiyoko
29/8 – Cologne, DE – C/O Pop
1/9 – Larmer Tree Gardens, UK – End of the Road Festival
3/9 – Brussels, BE – Botanique #
4/9 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso #
5/9 – Hamburg, DE – Elbphilharmonie #
7/9 – Copenhagen, – Hotel Cecil #
8/9 – Bergen, NO – Perfect Sounds Forever #
10/9 – Stockholm, SE – Kagelbanan #
13/9 – Leipzig, DE – UT Connewitz #
14/9 – Prague, CZ – NOD #
15/9 – Vienna, AT – Felx #
16/9 – Munich, DE – Ampere #
18/9 – Milan, IT – Ohibo #
20/9 – Dudingen, CH – Bad Bonn #
22/9 – Paris, FR – La Maroquinerie #
24/9 – Manchester, UK – Gorilla #
25/9 – Glasglow, UK – St Luke's #
27/9 – Dublin, IE – Vicar Street #
29/9 – London UK – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire #
# denotes Becca Mancari supporting

Phoebe Bridgers Tour Dates:
21/8 – London, UK – Scala

20/9 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium # 
21/9 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium # 
22/9 – Santa Barbra, CA – Santa Barbra Bowl # 
27/9 – Philadelphia, PA – The Mann Center # 
28/9 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavillion # 
29/9 – Forest Hills, NY – Forest Hills Stadium # 
3/10 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren *
4/10 – Pioneertown, CA – Pappy & Harriet's *
5/10 – Santa Cruz, CA – Cocoanut Grove *
7/10 Sanoma, CA – Gundlach Bundschu Winery *

# denotes with The National

* denotes with Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band

Lucy Dacus Tour Dates:
21/8 – Guilford, UK – The Boileroom
23/8 – Dudingen, Switzerland – Bad Bonn Festival
25/8 – Aarhus, Denmark – Recession at Radar
26/8 – Malmo, Sweeden – Plan B
27/8 – Oslo, Norway – Open Oya Festival
28/8 – Bergen, Norway – Perfect Sounds Forever Festival
31/8 – Salisbury, UK – End Of The Road Festival
2/9 – Dublin, Ireland – Electric Picnic Festival
14/9 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater
29/9 – Upper Marlboro, MD – Outessa Festival
22/10 – Norwich, UK – Norwich Arts Centre
23/10- Bristol, UK – Thekla
25/10 – Leicester, UK – The Cookie
26/10 – Glasglow, UK – Mono
27/10 – Manchester, UK – Now Wave
29/10 – Brighton, UK – The Haunt
31/10 – London, UK, Islington Assembly Hall


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