We’ve been as excited as anyone for the return of Canadian post-hardcore greats Boys Night Out, and as we draw nearer to their comeback release on July 8, our anticipation only escalates. How could it not when we get a single like “Obsequiarch”?
As our second taste of the band’s upcoming Black Dogs EP, “Obsequiarch” is arguably the best thing we’ve heard from BNO in years—and not just the seven years since their self-titled LP on Ferret. Boasting a maturity one would hope a band could return with post seven-year hiatus, Boys Night Out sound focused and comfortable, offering familiar elements of the band’s earlier work while also adapting to an ever-fickle scene with a sound that should easily appeal to fans of acts like Balance And Composure, Turnover, and oddly enough, Alkaline Trio. Oh, and there are little nuances of Britpop, too. Long story short: it’s really good. Listen to “Obsequiarch” below (via Exclaim) and let us know what you think.
Speaking on the long-gestating possibility of a BNO comeback, vocalist Connor Lovat-Fraser has said, “None of us really knew when or if this day would come, but I’m fairly goddamn sure that we all hoped it would. We may not be touring again any time soon but it’s pretty fucking rad to have the opportunity to write music together again.”
Pre-orders for Black Dogs are available through Good Fight Music.