Off the Deep End by The Friday Night Boys on Apple Music

12 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Off the Deep End reveals a good-time gang keeping the teen-beat bubblegum sound alive. Not that they’re a throwback to the Bay City Rollers, but the Fairfax, Virginia quartet’s catchy contemporary guitar-pop boasts heavily barbed hooks baited with sentiment sweeter than gummy worms. “Permanent Heartbreak” opens like an endearingly maudlin diary entry set to new wave- inspired power pop with a heavily auto-tuned singalong chorus. Although the title of “Suicide Sunday” hints at a heavy topic, the driving tune is actually an upbeat standout musing on loneliness and the kind of youthful ADD boredom compounded by not having a girlfriend to hang out with. Singer Andrew Goldstein’s breathy voice gets put to good use on “Stuttering,” a rocking insta-hit fueled by Cheap Trick-inspired melodies and the burning urgency of adolescent libido. The curiously titled “How I Met Your Mother” flirts with electro-pop, but of course no teenage album would be complete without a few swooning power ballads. The slow-dance friendly “She’s Finding Me Out” as well as the folkish “Can’t Take That Away” both deliver the goods.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Off the Deep End reveals a good-time gang keeping the teen-beat bubblegum sound alive. Not that they’re a throwback to the Bay City Rollers, but the Fairfax, Virginia quartet’s catchy contemporary guitar-pop boasts heavily barbed hooks baited with sentiment sweeter than gummy worms. “Permanent Heartbreak” opens like an endearingly maudlin diary entry set to new wave- inspired power pop with a heavily auto-tuned singalong chorus. Although the title of “Suicide Sunday” hints at a heavy topic, the driving tune is actually an upbeat standout musing on loneliness and the kind of youthful ADD boredom compounded by not having a girlfriend to hang out with. Singer Andrew Goldstein’s breathy voice gets put to good use on “Stuttering,” a rocking insta-hit fueled by Cheap Trick-inspired melodies and the burning urgency of adolescent libido. The curiously titled “How I Met Your Mother” flirts with electro-pop, but of course no teenage album would be complete without a few swooning power ballads. The slow-dance friendly “She’s Finding Me Out” as well as the folkish “Can’t Take That Away” both deliver the goods.

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About The Friday Night Boys

After logging several years as the guitarist for My Favorite Highway, Virginia native Andrew Goldstein left the lineup to start his own emo-pop band. He formed Friday Night Boys in 2006 and rounded out the lineup with bassist Robby Dallas Reider, guitarist Mike Toohey, and drummer Chris Barrett. Shows were infrequent at first; Goldstein had recently relocated to Harrisonburg for college, and his studies prevented him from booking many shows. Friday Night Boys did spend time recording their own songs, however, which they subsequently uploaded to MySpace. An audience was born around those digital recordings, and one of the band’s newest fans -- All Time Low frontman Alex Gaskarth -- helped secure Friday Night Boys a record contract in 2008. Now signed by Fueled by Ramen, the band quickly released an EP, That’s What She Said, and returned one year later with the full-length Off the Deep End. ~ Andrew Leahey

  • ORIGIN
    Fairfax, VA

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