In today’s bombardment of social media and endless clicking and scrolling, creativity often gets lost amidst the mass of noise, apparently missing its mark if it’s not promoted while it’s hot. Following up to last year’s Surrender The Farm EP, Austin’s punk trio Borzoi’s upcoming full length, A Prayer for War, contains eleven tracks written during 2015-2016 without the slightest loss of momentum or inventive nature. On top of writing and rehearsing together during this period, members Rhys Woodruff (drums/vocals), Zachary Wood (guitar/vocals) and Taylor Browne (bass) were finishing up studies, working on various music projects and on the road touring. A Prayer for War was re-recorded from in home to in studio with audio engineer Ian Rundell (Xetas, Exhalants, Spray Paint), less of a concept album than tying themes of hopelessness and despair throughout their songs. “We’re obsessed with Ray & Dave Davies and love writing slice of life songs similar to those on”Village Green” and “Arthur””, states Wood, “[s]ongs that are strong enough to stand alone but together create a collage of vignettes and build a bigger, more objective picture.”
Their latest single for “Big Pink” captures ominous and tense undertones, complimented by their surreal Lynch-esque music video of doppelgängers, a severed ear and notoriously uncomfortable humor, leaving their viewers and listeners with simultaneous amusement and the fear of a nightmare-ish imprint after the experience. The inspiration for their music video came while in Rundell’s studio with images of an offbeat game show taking place. They connected with photography director César Velasco (of Denton’s Thin Skin) to put their notions into practice, also paying homage to Hitchcock and Fritz Lang in regards to the video’s camera work and imagery. Describing the track as someone using virtue signaling tactics to sway people to support them as a means of gaining power, Woodruff states that “[y]ou see this kind of thing everywhere. It’s not always political and it doesn’t have to be on a large scale […]You get nineteen year old white kids in college calling each other “comrade” and talking about Karl Marx and pretending to be artists and how they can’t wait for the next protest, but in reality they’re too busy smoking cigarettes and falling into k holes. You get these same kids using social media to pose as a modern revolutionary.” Their highly anticipated album will be released next Friday, September 21st off 12XU. They’ll be performing the following Saturday at End of an Ear for their album release: RSVP here.
Trish Connelly is an Austin TX based booker & promoter at Cheer Up Charlies, writer & editor at ANON Magazine with a burgeoning record label under The Nothing Song. She’s always down to collaborate and press play on new tunes. You can follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.