On the 14th studio full length “Assuaged”, Boyacer mainstay Stewart Anderson has hit a jackpot, with 14 concise genre defining crashpop gems. Building on the critical acclaim of 2020s fan favourite,“On A Promise”, Anderson is again aided and abetted by the simpatico talents of Christina Riley, (Artsick / Burnt Palms) and the melodic talent of Sarah Records / Slumberland records era member Matty Green (Tall Boy / Declining Winter).
Stewarts vocals are vitriolic and pointed, meshing perfectly with Christina’s. Ms. Riley, handles the lead guitar for most of the album, ensuring a new direction on a well loved path. Mattys presence assures the pop element shines through the trademark squalling feedback bursts.
Reflective and urgent, “Assuaged” offers many highlights. The instant rush of “Tommy McNeil” is a paean to the delightful confusions of a first crush. “40 Hours” is the autobiographical recollections of Stewarts disdain at working at a “national health food chain” during Covid. “Spoils”, champions art over fiscal rewards, whilst “Digital Friends”, questions how many Facebook friends we really need.
At 36 minutes long, “Assuaged” contains all the classic and loved elements of Boyracer, distilled into a rush of euphoric Indie Punk songwriting mastery.
released August 6, 2021
Stewart - Vocals, Drums, Rhythm Guitar, Feedback guitar, Bass
Christina - Vocals, Lead Guitars, Noise Guitars, Casio, Bass
Matty - Lead Guitars, Bass, Drums
Penny - Trumpet