I Scream Like A Kid That Screams For Ice Cream
The Boy I Used To Be
Expressive Melancholic Music
What were vinyl, tapes and CDs are nowadays platforms like Bandcamp, successor of MySpace or Soundcloud. Bands can easily share their music and sell copies, because who can resist the broken heart if you don’t buy amazing tunes from Months of Indecision, Relit or Canvas.
The Boy I Used To Be decided to share his latest EP via Bandcamp and for newsletter subscribers even for free. In only about a month beginning from the very first Amber Road show at the Local he recorded three tracks, all of them under the title “I Scream Like A Kid That Screams For Ice Cream”. A long title, which he decided to use early as well as the picture of an ice cream cone. Also for the production of his bags he decided to use a turquoise shade additionally to the originally black and white ones.
The first song “Drunk” one might already know from performances like at the Unders. Set at the beginning of the EP it reminds of “Still”. It shows that some “Uuuhh..”-singing helps the melody. After the first chorus the bass drum kicks in and the voice raises. During the first instrumental solo part the boy adds the snare and a clapping sound. Therefore it gets the atmosphere of Paul Plut. It then gets more conciliatory again and for the second instrumental part a distorted guitar comes in, ending in a light fade out. Compared to the demo version the guitars sound clearer and the drum more pressuring.
After being drunk the “Wake Up Call” follows. This master sounds way softer than the demo, especially the guitar. The beginning reminds of Kairon; IRSE, while the end has more of Oasis. A critical song with the wish to be dreaming and considerations like “If we sleep more often in sleeping bags we might appreciate what we have.” The final “Every Landscape” is based on the beat of a little drum computer, recreated in ProTools, sounding more precise than the demo. It contains the title giving text line, reminds somehow of The Get Up Kids and provides a beautiful ending.
Compared to “careless and young” the whole EP sounds bit more round, pressuring and grown up. A development that makes The Boy to one of the most interesting Austrian Singer-Songwriter at the moment next to e.g. Sam Chalcraft.