Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Boy From School plays upbeat, danceable indie-rock perfect for backyard get-togethers and long summer drives with the windows down. Keyboard sounds from the 1980s and shiny-but-gritty guitar riffs accompany lyrics on themes ranging from freak weather and its effect on the mind, to love/hate relationships with, for example, work, family, mornings, and cats.
The band’s roster is made up of vocalist/guitarist Alex Mason, bassist Beniah Dickson, and synthesizer-ist Erin Dickson.
Their latest release, entitled Northern Cities Shift, is a driving collection of songs that is at once fresh and familiar, with hints of 2000s indie rock (like Vampire Weekend or Guster) and a bit of Genesis or the Talking Heads.
You might find them galavanting around Grand Rapids, speaking to each other in foreign languages and made-up accents, climbing old ruins, or sipping post-practice pints at Founders Brewing Co. You’d be luckier to catch them on stage. Among the venues they’ve played in GR are The Pyramid Scheme, The Stache, Speak EZ Lounge, the Tip Top Deluxe, etc.