Homemade guitar pop sweetness Max Quinn, formerly Max Quinn’s Onomatopenis, is proud to reveal his new single ‘The Boys’. Recorded in Melbourne and mixed in Brisbane by musical wunderkind (and bff) Alex L’Estrange, ‘The Boys’ is 4 minutes of guitar-driven pop with harmonies for days, a relentless earworm about the construct of ‘manliness’ and an eye-opening encounter in a sauna in regional Australia.
“One of the boys in this sauna told a gross story about doing a shooey and then throwing up at a urinal,”Max Quinn says of the song, “I’ve always found that construct of manliness to be quite troublesome – I have the body mass index of a caterpillar, but I also love sports and my friends from our small country town. At the same time, I’ve never really been able to get on board with ‘The Boys’ as a function of society; it feels regressive and weird. Especially as a young man living in a capital city, it’s so easy to talk yourself into thinking that by removing yourself from that conversation, you’re acting progressively. This song’s essentially about realising that that’s not enough, and that we need to be railing against the generational dick-swinging that has so often been excused as ratbag boy behaviour.”
‘The Boys’ follows Max Quinn’s Carpool Tunnel Syndrome 7”, an “unabashedly honest and endearing record” (Casual Band Blogger) which was released in May on Lost Boy Records (Dikembe, Pinch Hitter) and saw him share stages with Jeff Rosenstock, support CERES and Alex Lahey at their respective single launches, and a solo acoustic tour with Ben from Slowly Slowly. His 2015 single ‘Groceries and Rent’ was described as “the sound of being in your early 20s” (Dom Alessio, triple j) which perfectly summarises Max Quinn’s writing style, lyrics influenced by direct experience with sugary riffs to boot.
Max Quinn is launching ‘The Boys’ at Magic Johnson in Melbourne on Friday October 14th, with very special guests Alex Lahey and Ruby Markwell from The Football Club. Each artist will perform solo acoustic sets, and you’ll want to come down early: limited capacity, no microphones, and tickets only available on the door. This has been your public service announcement.
*****‘The Boys’ Single Launch – Melbourne*****
Friday October 14 @ Magic Johnson, Fitzroy
with special guests Alex Lahey and Ruby Markwell
Tickets available at the door