Boy Scouts’ Cathartic Single "Get Well Soon," Album and Tour to Follow
Earlier this summer, Boy Scouts shared a cathartic new single and video “Get Well Soon,” which acts as a precursor to the band’s upcoming album Free Company, out August 30th via ANTI-Records.
The Oakland DIY indie band is comprised of singer songwriter Taylor Vick, who only recently opened up her private music-making world to friends, musicians, and others. Though the project is really a moniker for appropriately boyish and adorable Vick, the recording of album opener “Get Well Soon” features help from close friend Stephen Steinbrink who play drums, bass, and synth. He and other close friends are also featured on various other songs as well.
Recorded in a makeshift studio in a rented shipping container, the unique atmosphere created a space to continue Boy Scout’s classic sound, showcased by prior songs like “Did You See Me Cry” and “Blue” off Homeroom Breakfast. Cozy, familiar, and touching, it’s clear from “Get Well Soon” that Vick plans to continue her warm sounds.
On “Get Well Soon,” Vick explores helping someone she’s close to, while slowly realizing the work she puts in isn’t being matched by the other person. Vick describes the feeling as a slow letdown. She explains, “It's a hard thing to say. You're hoping somebody will eventually feel better, but there's also this weird new distance between you. You can't do anything else, but you still really hope that they're OK.”
Vick’s voice on the new track is characteristically warm with an airy lilt of heartbreak and empathy. Gentle and caressing, Vick is seen floating— somewhat resigned— through Los Angeles on her red couch, playing acoustic guitar through the accompanying video. Directed by Ramez Silyan, the video isn't polished in the slightest, with simple golden hour lighting paired with bright “get well soon” balloons.
The song touches the heart in a familiar way. Nowhere does Vick make the lyrics about her, rather the entire song is an ode to her loved one. It expresses the rawness of realizing it seems the battle is lost for now and the last thing to possibly say is the unsatisfying phrase “get well soon.”
In addition to Free Company, Boy Scouts will also embark on a US tour featuring Jay Som on September 11th, running through November 2nd.
9/11 – Phoenix, AZ – The Rebel Lounge
9/12 – San Diego, CA – Irenic
9/13 – Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex
9/14 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
9/17 – Vancouver, BC – The Imperial
9/18 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
9/19 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
9/20 – Boise, ID – Neurolux
9/21 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
9/24 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
9/26 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada
9/27 – Austin, TX – Barracuda
9/28 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
10/15 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theatre
10/16 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th St Entry
10/17 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
10/18 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
10/19 – Columbus, OH – The Basement
10/21 – Detroit, MI – El Club
10/22 – Toronto, ON – Velvet Underground
10/23 – Montreal, QC – Bar le Ritz PDB
10/25 – Brooklyn, NY – Elsewhere
10/26 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
10/27 – Burlington, VT – ArtsRiot
10/29 – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry
10/30 – Washington DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
10/31 – Raleigh, NC – Kings
11/1 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
11/2 – Nashville, TN – High Watt