The Boys You Know
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The Boys You Know


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"Waste Your Time": 2013, Wohnzimmer Records (Europe), Vinyl Junkie Records (Japan)


"Wake Up"
"She Goes Around"
"Walk With Me"
"All The Other Kids"



"We don't drink, 'cause drinking harms our bodies / and we don't dance, 'cause we don't know how it's done / and we don't kiss, 'cause we don't like the attention / and we don't do drugs, 'cause they are bad for us."
These compelling words are from the song "All the Other Kids", the opener and first single from the debut album from Vienna's THE BOYS YOU KNOW, Waste Your Time.
Singer/guitarist and songwriter Thomas Hangweyrer's 14 songs sound so refreshing that even seasoned indie rock veterans will have a hard time resisting strapping on the air guitar and dancing shirtless through the house.
Indie guitar rock like this has not been heard from an Austrian band for many a year, and never before of this quality. This unpretentious quartet simply lets the music do the talking on songs like "Wake Up", "Walk With Me" and the album's closer "Guardian Talk". "Now everything moves along as usual, just back to front / and over time I have become the one that
I was hiding from," they sing in "Love & War", another album highlight.
"We really wanted something musical to happen", is what Hangweyrer had to say about the founding of the group in December 2011. At that point, Hangweyrer had been focusing on directing videos for bands like A Life, A Song, A Cigarette; Garish; Ja, Panik and others and was ready to start a project of his own. Weaned on indie guitar rock giants Dinosaur Jr, the Lemonheads and Pavement, the group quickly started demoing material, piling up 200 (!!!)
songs from which an album's worth of material was to be culled. Mathias Kollos (lead guitar), Sophie Schmidauer (bass) and Benjamin Philippovich (drums) round out the lineup and are the perfect playful foils to Hangweyrer's seriousness.
The basic tracks for Waste Your Time were recorded live with Wolfgang Moestl (Killed By 9V Batteries, Mile Me Deaf, Sex Jams). The lyrics were constantly being changed and were sung, "as they happened to be on that particular day". THE BOYS YOU KNOW's lyrics shift between personal and political reflections and commentary, yet are vague and playful. "With trouble always chasing me / I've got to learn to wait and see".