Recorded at Sound City in Los Angeles over four days, the EP seamlessly marries three voices into a powerful statement. Dacus says the recording went as smoothly and effortlessly as the record sounds.
“It was easier than all of us even expected because we have similar lifestyles that many other people can’t understand,” she explains. “We have all had a really similar arc, what with putting our first couple records out over the last few years, being the same age, and written about similarly in the media. We didn’t have to rehash our emotional state, because we already get it.”
So, they just simply let the magic happen: “On ‘Salt in the Wound,’ when Phoebe sings the high harmony to the melody that I’m singing, me and Julien just jumped out of our chairs, like, ‘Yeah!’ ” Dacus recalls of the recording sessions. “It’s such a victorious moment at the end of that song. It was a bit different for all of us … it’s like an arena rock song compared to what we usually make. It felt really good to lean into that and let it happen.”
Mutual respect and trust – and no egos – meant working as equals, says Dacus: “[There were] No adjustments that felt bad. It did feel different, but it was purely effortless because we were all hyper considerate of the others. Nobody wanted to overpower anyone or take up too much space. If anything, because of that, there would be these blanks no one would step forward to fill. It was actually a bit of a relief to have three captains on the ship instead of just me.”
It goes without saying that boygenius fits these times when more women’s voices need to be heard. “I feel it’s being received so positively because it provides some release for people,” says Dacus. “I have been repeating this phrase to myself that you have to see it to be it. I hope more women will see this, especially a younger generation, and see it shouldn’t be an outlier, and that more women should do this together and more regularly.”
And will these women do this regularly? Will boygenius continue past November?
“We don’t have any shows booked past November or more plans to record,” Dacus says. “We all like each other, so if it were to happen I wouldn’t be surprised.”