Boy Crisis in the Guardian

The Guardian profiles Boy Crisis, with an in-depth anaylsis of the group’s interpersonal dynamics, as well as their strategies for pre-emptively dealing with hipster douchebag media:

With two members dating fashion designers and a look and sound that suggest their twin spiritual New York homes are notorious disco haven Studio 54 and punk mecca CBGBs, Boy Crisis have every base covered. And they preempt any criticism by telling you what your opinions are before you’ve expressed them. In London to promote their debut single, they can even see the accusations of riding on the coattails of MGMT – their friends, and former contemporaries at Wesleyan University in Connecticut – a mile off.

So how do Boy Crisis differ from their psychedelic friends? “We’re poppier than MGMT, in that Warholian, media-slutty sense,” [Victor Vazquez ’06] says, “We’re more of a Chic/Prince/Talking Heads type thing.”

…Vasquez does this a lot – veers between teen-mag frivolity and degree-level scrutiny. “We’re Brian Eno and Timbaland’s love child,” he decides when asked for a capsule definition of their cerebral pop-funk. But when I bemoan the dearth of current “indie” bands fusing rock and R&B, he fires back: “That’s dangerous territory.”

I’m not sure what he means until a week later, when he sends me an email that is so long and painstakingly argued, it takes a further week to absorb his thoughts on the problem of white rockers assimilating black dance music. Phrases such as “cultural appropriation” and “reverence for concepts of aesthetic hierarchies” fairly trip off his keyboard.

The rest of the band, interviewed together in a north London pub, are flippant when probed about the music and meaning of Boy Crisis. But you get the impression that, alone, they’d be as unashamedly analytical as Vazquez

The “Eight other Brooklyn bands worth checking out” list also includes Wes alums Amazing Baby and Das Racist.

The Guardian: “You can’t be too smart to make pop”

20 thoughts on “Boy Crisis in the Guardian

  1. Anonymous

    i think the point is that pitchfork said something about boy crisis fulfilling every “hipster douchebag cliche” and then the writer of this article called them “hipster douchebag media”.it’s like one little kid saying “you’re stupid!” and the other one responding with “NO YOU’RE STUPID!!!”

  2. Anonymous

    i think the point is that pitchfork said something about boy crisis fulfilling every “hipster douchebag cliche” and then the writer of this article called them “hipster douchebag media”.

    it’s like one little kid saying “you’re stupid!” and the other one responding with “NO YOU’RE STUPID!!!”

  3. Anonymous

    uh pitchfork is pretty open about being a douchey hipster source of information, I don’t think they would be offended at being called as such

  4. Anonymous

    uh pitchfork is pretty open about being a douchey hipster source of information, I don’t think they would be offended at being called as such

  5. Anonymous

    You know, I don’t even think Boy Crisis are the worst Wes-Brooklyn obnoxious hipster band. That particular honor has to go to Amazing Baby. Though Mixel Pixel does out-shit just about everyone.

  6. Anonymous

    You know, I don’t even think Boy Crisis are the worst Wes-Brooklyn obnoxious hipster band. That particular honor has to go to Amazing Baby. Though Mixel Pixel does out-shit just about everyone.

  7. joshua sharp

    Let me clarify that statement by saying that I don’t agree with what Pitchfork said. I think there are actually two bands in the world that are worse than Boy Crisis, and one of them is Mixel Pixel.

  8. joshua sharp

    Let me clarify that statement by saying that I don’t agree with what Pitchfork said. I think there are actually two bands in the world that are worse than Boy Crisis, and one of them is Mixel Pixel.

  9. joshua sharp

    “Hipster douchebag media”? You skimmed that festival write-up, took the two word phrase they used to describe Boy Crisis, and slapped the word media on the end of it? Good diss, man. Those guys are total hipster douchebags for calling these guys total hipster douchebags.

  10. joshua sharp

    “Hipster douchebag media”? You skimmed that festival write-up, took the two word phrase they used to describe Boy Crisis, and slapped the word media on the end of it?

    Good diss, man. Those guys are total hipster douchebags for calling these guys total hipster douchebags.

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