Most people do not often mention Dr. Dre and The Everly Brothers in the same sentence. Well, Brett Farkas, the creative force behind the LA-based recording project Boys School, is not most people. Over a 20 minutes interview, Farkas discussed his diverse musical influences, his recent Everly Brothers kick, his thoughts on music today, and Boys School’s upcoming EP A Friend of Mine.
A Friend of Mine showcases Farkas’s desire to experiment sonically. The disc focuses on acoustic instrumentation, though in untraditional manners. Farkas explains that one of the primary ideas behind the release is trying to make acoustic guitars sound more “rocking.” “They might be acoustic guitars, but I’m still trying to throw that punk rock energy behind them,” said Farkas. Lead track “Rollin Along (and That’s Fine)” combines the punk-rocking acoustic guitars with soothing vocal harmonies and shining clean guitars; an apparent contradiction that nonetheless makes the disc’s most solid track.
Like the debut album Boys School, A Friend of Mine reflects Farkas’s shifting and varied musical taste. While some songs on the LP were steeped in the sounds of the 60s, Farkas goes back ever further, bringing in the sounds of 50s pop and rock n roll to two of the EPs tracks. “Waiting on the Day” serves as the group’s homage to Everly Brothers guitar riffs while “Can’t Come Back” exudes the tone and presence of Elvis, including a signature “uh-huh.” “Can’t Come Back” also demonstrates the diverse influences of Boys School with a hip-hop inspired spoken-word break coming about halfway through the song.
Be sure to check out the interview, and do not miss A Friend of Mine, out Sept. 17th
Originally Recorded for WGTB Georgetown Radio, Published 09-16-13