PHOTOS: The Boastfuls and Tatiana at Stage West in Scranton, 12/27/19
“We love having The Boastfuls perform whenever the opportunity presents itself. They’re always high-energy and bring in a fun crowd,” Stage West owner Steve Masterson said. “That lead singer, Marty, is a real dreamboat too.”
The Boastfuls played a mix of originals and covers for over three hours straight, including their new party anthem “Tequila” that premiered on NEPA Scene earlier that day. Michael “Duds” McDonald of E57 joined them on stage to jam for a bit as well.
“There was no deep connection or meaningful story behind the song,” guitarist/vocalist Martin Monahan said about “Tequila” before the show. “We actually went into the studio [with producer Zhach Kelsch] to record a different song.”
“For a warm up, we started jamming on ‘Tequila.’ Zhach was like, ‘What is that song?’ After some discussion, the song came together and just felt right,” bassist Chris Benitez continued.
“It just came out effortlessly,” added drummer Chad Wescott.
Named Best New Artist in the 2018 Steamtown Music Awards, the trio has worked hard over the past two years to get to this point, playing nearly 125 shows in 2019 alone; among those concerts was an opening slot for actor/musician Drake Bell and direct support for a leg of The Stonewall Vessels and The Morgana Phase’s summer tour.
2020 looks to be another busy year for The Boastfuls. On Saturday, Jan. 18, they’ll return to Stage West to open for Asking Alexandria singer Danny Worsnop and play a Valentine’s Day show at The V-Spot in Scranton on Friday, Feb. 14 with Don’t Panic. For a full list of shows, visit them on Facebook.
by Rich Howells
Rich is an award-winning journalist, longtime blogger, adequate photographer, podcast co-host, and practicing poet. He is the founder and editor of NEPA Scene.