Formed in 1990 in Wetherby, a suburb of Leeds, Boyracer was noisier and more aggressive than most of their Sarah Records contemporaries. This UK indie pop band became known as one of the most prolific bands of their day, centered around the restless and high energy songwriting of Stewart Anderson.
This new version offers a new take on the original version, found on The Pull of Autumn’s sophomore album ‘Afterglow’, released this summer via Boston-based label RBM Records. This 15-track offering brings together members of Throwing Muses, Boyracer, Seasurfer, Orange Cake Mix, Johanna’s House of Glamour, Hood, and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds for something quite beautiful.
This album follows their debut album ‘The Pull of Autumn’, released in 2018 on the same label. Earlier this year, the band previewed ‘Not Coming Down’, a collaboration between Daniel Darrow from Johanna’s House of Glamour and Luke ‘Skyscraper’ James, frontman of British new wave pioneers (and I.R.S. recording artist) Fashion. The accompanying video was created by Brian Rapoza from the band Holy Cow.
The painting ‘Parliament Hill’, featured on the cover artwork was created by James Johnston, founder of Gallon Drunk and also a former member of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and recording and touring aritst with PJ Harvey, Lydia Lunch, Ulan Bator, Barry Adamson and Faust.
A ‘super group’ of sorts, The Pull of Autumn also involves numerous other notable musicians from the Boston / Rhode Island music scene and beyond: Fred Abong, founding member of Belly with Tanya Donelly and early member of Throwing Muses; James Rao (Orange Cake Mix); Stewart Anderson (Boyracer); Apolonia (Seasurfer); Richard Vincent Adams (Hood, The Declining Winter); Bruce MacLeod (Johanna’s House of Glamour, Underwater Kites), British singer Mina Hunt, pianist Maria Kuznetsova, Jeanne Batting (Spindle Shanks), and Matthew Darrow (The Woods Decay and Fall).
‘Afterglow’ represents a progression from the collective’s debut offering. The recordings are far more flushed-out, the tracks more varied and with many more musicians on board. This one twists and turns into a lot of different sounds and voices, with all contributors bring their voices and vision to the music.
“Afterglow has given me the experience of creating with other likeminded artists too. Just folks who love creating and have little regard for popular acceptance on any level. All of the artists on board have been playing and releasing music in their respective bands for some time now. These musicians create out of love of the love of making music. Take Stewart Anderson of Boyracer as an example. He’s been playing and releasing music from Boyracer and other bands for over 20 years, all in the spirit the musicians share,” says Daniel Darrow.
“The Pull of Autumn has moved forward with trying to incorporate even more genres into our music. One of my goals as a musician is to blur the line from genres and style into just music. I think we have grown in our ability to surprise the listener. There are several curveballs on this album.”