1940 9th St. NW
Washington, DC, 20001
Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is all ages
Boy Harsher is a dark electronic duo that produces gritty dance beats infused with ethereal vocals, creating a sound that is eerie, intense and incredibly danceable. Augustus Muller develops the underbelly of sound with minimal beats and grinding synths, where Jae Matthews whispers, screams and chants on top. Together, the music created is somewhere between EBM, drone and confessional storytelling. Muller and Matthews both have a strong background in film and their cinematic approach translated effectively in both their recordings and live performance.
Boy Harsher started in early 2013 under the name Teen Dreamz. The project was based on short stories written and read by Matthews then live scored by Muller. As the project matured the instrumentals became more dance influenced and Matthews’ delivery became more dynamic and spontaneous. In January of 2014 Teen Dreamz took on the moniker Boy Harsher.
Their first EP was mostly recorded at home in Savannah using small collection of cheap synthesizers. These recordings were fleshed out in the studio under the guidance of veteran engineer and producer Peter Mavrogeorgis at Dollhouse Studios. After a short, but productive mixing and mastering session Boy Harsher completed their EP "Lesser Man". "Lesser Man" was originally released by Savannah’s Soft Science on small run cassette. Minneapolis’ Night People is scheduled to re-release Lesser Man in early April.
Boy Harsher hits the road for a month long tour starting February 28th in support of their current release and as a forum to explore new songs, composition, and state of mind.
Boy Harsher currently resides in Northampton, Massachusetts.
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