EXCLUSIVE: Scranton alt rockers The Boastfuls ‘Medicate’ with emotional and aggressive single
The song speaks about the frustration of relying on medication, trying to discover the true root of a problem, and explaining the emptiness that dependency leaves on everyone around it. It is for anyone that has dealt with a “quick fix” mentality.
“It’s really about how people that want a quick fix or to take the easy way out and how it affects the people around them,” lead singer Marty Monahan explained.
The band touches on a subject that is all too familiar and relatable in today’s world – how easily a society turns to “medication” as a “one size fits all” solution, be that in a literal or figurative sense. “Medicate” is aggressive, raw, and features driving strings that highlight the band’s musicianship and vocal range.
The track was recorded during quarantine sessions that took place at JL Studios in Olyphant.
“If Breaking Benjamin, Muse, Billie Eilish, and Royal Blood had an orgy… this would be the love child. It’s the best song that I’ve heard all year, with the exception of Prince’s new album. This band is going to blow up. No excuses,” Zhach Kelsch said, a renowned drummer who produced The Boastfuls’ debut single in his Goat Lair Studio.
A lyric video for “Medicate” will be released on Thursday, Sept. 10, but in the meantime, local fans can hear the song live tonight at a single release party at Stage West (301 N. Main Ave., Scranton). They’ll be joined by national recording artist Kulick (Enci Records) and local standouts So Much Hope, Buried; Take the Name; The Holtzmann Effect; and Running in Flip Flops.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the music starts at 7 p.m. Tickets, which are $10 in advance, are still on sale via Prekindle.
The Boastfuls will then hit the road for their first tour in two years as the supporting act for Kulick, making stops in Scranton, Allentown, Philadelphia, Lancaster, Harrisburg, and New York City. In New York City, the band will serve as support for powerhouse BRKN LOVE (Spinefarm Records).
They were also scheduled to support Sleep Signals from Minneapolis for a string of dates, but Sleep Signals’ tour bus was involved in an accident during their tour with P.O.D. and From Ashes to New. The Boastfuls will now headline these dates.
The band’s September run will wrap with an appearance at the Launch Music Conference & Festival in Lancaster.
These young rockers have been performing together for less than three years and have been making waves the entire time. They were signed to a management contract after a live stream of one of their first performances went viral in 2018. The group has won multiple regional awards, opened sold-out shows for national artists, and played direct support for a leg of The Stonewall Vessels and The Morgana Phase’s tour in 2019.
Most notably, they’ve cemented their place as one of the most sought-after musical acts in the Northeast, playing over 125 shows a year pre-pandemic.
At the beginning of 2020, The Boastfuls released their first single, “Tequila,” to a slew of fanfare. Unfortunately, COVID-19 halted their plans to tour and release more music – until now. During the downtime, group honed their sound and recorded their new EP to be released later this year. “Medicate” is just the first taste of things to come.