Album review: B Boys, “Dada”

by Jon E. Lynch

B Boys, “Dada”

Available: Friday, June 16, via Captured Tracks as a download on various formats (MP3, WAV and FLAC), cassette tape, compact disc and standard black LP. Be one of the first 300 to pre-order vinyl directly from the label for a shot at one of the exceptionally sharp looking Coke Bottle Clear vinyl versions. Hurry, as these are first come, first serve.

I must admit, I wasn’t expecting a record of tinny discordant post-punk when popping in an album by a band named B Boys. The pleasant surprises didn’t end there. I am a fan of the genre, admittedly, but there seems to have been a noticeable lack of “edge” to modern bands of said genre, in my opinion. A lack of curled-lipped, fist-clenching angst even. Don’t get me wrong, I really dig current acts such as Parquet Courts (who, coincidentally, the B Boys toured with a year ago) and Protomartyr. Both bands have made some of my favorite records of the last few years, though they seemingly take a higher-brow, almost literary (?) approach to rock ’n’ roll in their respective overall tone(s). On “Dada,” the debut long player from Brooklyn’s B Boys, there is a sense of throwback energy and attitude in the recording. There is something in this record that hearkens to the genre’s beginnings, falling more in line with the classic albums made in the late ’70s, rather than the distilled versions usually heard today.

Recommended for fans of hard charging, classic post-punk made by the like of Wire, Gang of Four, and The Fall or more modern acts such as Parquet Courts, Protomartyr, or The Gotobeds.

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