Release Date: Aug 5, 2016
Record label: Amour Foo
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Pop
As a member of such vaunted bands as the Royal We, Sexy Kids, Correcto, and, most impressively, Veronica Falls, Patrick Doyle played a vital part in the making of quite a few classic indie pop songs and at least one brilliant album, Veronica Falls' debut. Boys Forever is his first solo venture and he stakes out his own territory with a sure-handed calmness on this self-titled debut. He's not doing anything very tricky here, just simple indie pop with a little bit of noise around the edges that will be familiar to anyone who's heard Teenage Fanclub or the Vaselines.
Boys Forever, aka former Veronica Falls drummer Patrick Doyle, purportedly wrote this album during a period of mental ill health. Having listened to Boys Forever I would concur — you don’t have to be Jessica Fletcher to hear the darkness evident beneath the sunny garage melodies. Fortunately Doyle employs wit and black humour along with the catchiest of indie-pop hooks to turn his depression into a shimmering creation.
Sometimes you need a record that can make you dance. Sometimes you need a record that can make you think. But oftentimes, you just need a record that can make you smile and feel a little warmth. This sensation is at the heart of Patrick Doyle's solo project, Boys Forever. But while his debut LP ….
The new project of former Veronica Falls member Patrick Doyle, Boys Forever takes the jangly indie-pop of that band and adds lashings of light to its shade. On his debut album, Doyle immediately presents himself as a master of wrapping negatives up in unfailingly sunny melodies – when he cheerily sings “Maybe this time they won’t see you’re poisonous, it’s true,” on opener Poisonous, it’s easy to miss the cutting undertones of his words. Perhaps inevitably for someone who spent most of their teenage years in Glasgow, Boys Forever sounds like it shares DNA with some of that city’s musical forefathers, Doyle’s rickety, simple drumming calling to mind Josef K and his chiming guitars bearing resemblance to a more lo-fi, less reverb-drenched Jesus & Mary Chain.