New Release & Video: boygenius – Not Strong Enough

boygenius – the acclaimed trio comprising Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus – have released ‘Not Strong Enough’, the fourth track taken from their debut album the record.

Through soaring harmonies and the band’s signature candid lyricism, the song is about paradoxically experiencing self-hatred while having a God complex. The accompanying video, which was self-shot by the band and edited by Jackson Bridgers, feels like a home video reel, offering a glimpse into their close bond as they spend a carefree day together…

boygenius announced their long awaited debut album, the record, in January. boygenius will perform at this year’s Coachella Music Festival on Saturday, April 15th and Saturday, April 22nd in addition to headlining the inaugural Re:Set Concert Series with stops in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and more.

They have also just announced three new UK tour dates: Gunnersbury Park in London, UK on August 20th, The Piece Hall in Halifax, UK on August 22nd as well as an appearance at Connect Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland August 27th…

August 20 – London, UK – Gunnersbury Park ^
August 22 – Halifax, UK – Piece Hall %
August 27 – Edinburgh, UK – Connect Festival

^ with MUNA and Ethel Cain
% with Ethel Cain

the record started in June 2020. A week after Punisher came out, Phoebe sent Lucy and Julien a demo of ‘Emily I’m Sorry’ and asked if they could be a band again—for the first time since those five short months in 2018, when the boygenius EP was conceived, written, recorded, released, and toured. Nobody had wanted to be the first to ask—to make such a demand on everyone’s time. Now, Julien made a Google Drive folder called “dare I say it?”, and everyone flooded it with potential songs.

the record is about recapturing joy—about the wasteful detour that turns out not to be the most important thing. Julien wrote ‘$20’ after realizing that what she wanted for the band was More Sick Riffs. It’s hard to say such things as an individual artist, when it’s your music, soon to be collapsed with your identity. You don’t want to seem like—or be—a superficial meathead. But it’s things like sick riffs that made you truly giddy when you were first learning how to play, making music with your friends “for no reason.” Why do non-reasons sometimes feel so much more urgent than reasons?