Boyracer: Assuaged  LP   (Emotional Response Records)

Release date: July 2, 2021

Bio: On the 14th studio full length "Assuaged", Boyacer mainstay Stewart Anderson has hit the jackpot, with 14 concise genre defining crashpop gems. Building on the critical acclaim of 2020s fan favourite,"On A Promise", Anderson is again aided and abetted by the simpatico talents of Christina Riley, (Artsick / Burnt Palms) and the melodic talent of Sarah Records / Slumberland Records-era member Matty Green (Tall Boy / Declining Winter).

Stewart's vocals are vitriolic and pointed, meshing perfectly with Christina’s. Ms. Riley handles the lead guitar for most of the album, ensuring a new direction on a well loved path. Mattys presence assures the pop element shines through the trademark squalling feedback bursts.

Reflective and urgent, "Assuaged" offers many highlights. The instant rush of "Tommy McNeil" is a paean to the delightful confusions of a first crush. "40 Hours" is the autobiographical recollections of Stewart's disdain at working at a "national health food chain" during Covid. "Spoils" champions art over fiscal rewards, whilst "Digital Friends" questions how many Facebook friends we really need.

At 36 minutes long, "Assuaged" contains all the classic and loved elements of Boyracer, distilled into a rush of euphoric Indie Punk songwriting mastery.

"...the best aspect, showing growth in an artist while still maintaining their own charm. Boyracer is back from slumber as strong as ever, and new fans should have no trouble diving in"
(Buzzy Band)

"Having honed their sound, Boyracer are now at their most comfortable and confident" (The Big Takeover)

"The bratty child of Pete Shelley and William Reid (Jesus and Marychain)" (Mojo)

"Stewart Anderson long ago perfected a specific strain of breathless, verge-of-falling-apart yet insidiously hooky twee punk.... "On A Promise: is one of the most pleasant surprises of 2020" (Stomp and Stammer Zine)

"Heavy on summer grins and loud guitars, there’s enough nuggets here to keep anyone with a penchant for perfectly trashy squallpop content. if you’re not yet a convert, why aren’t you?" (Backstreet Mafia)