Psych Rock Music at Hawks and Reed!
It’s safe to say that quarantine has changed the archetypal band dynamic. Take Boyfriend Machine, the newly minted Amherst psych rock duo of Joey Distasio and Eliza Young. Mutual admirers in the tight knit Western Massachusetts scene, the pair have separately become fixtures in the collection of artists centered around UMass. In fact, Young cites basement gigs by Distasio’s college band Straight Sex as something like the spark they needed to wade into the greater DIY universe. Egged on by an ever creeping fear of death, Distasio quickly began piecing songs together with Young over email after some initial success with what became the band’s debut single “Fuck You Last Year.” Before long they had nine tracks of gloriously seething psych rock to share with the world, and thus the Boyfriend Machine became operational.