Costco Boyfriend is a band from California that recently released The Costco Boyfriend. The band states “Costco Boyfriend seeks to find humor in tragedy, whether it be the effects of neoliberalism in day-to-day life or the sluggish nature of suburban America.” That’s something I definitely felt throughout listening to the songs. There is a lot of levity and the band is often tongue-in-cheek, if not just humorous. In all honesty being a former young dude myself this felt like a bunch of young dudes having fun.
The band starts with “cotsco boyfriend” which is just a bit of noisy splash of white noise. It’s distorted and the band sort of makes a bunch of noises with their instruments. There is more of a song with “Toast” but even this song is bit free jazz. They kind of mess about with the songs by not really locking on a groove. I enjoyed this song quite a bit and it showed off some of their technical abilities.
“Main Theme” is sort of lounge-y and loose. The vocals are like a stream of consciousness and sometimes there is just a straight up narrative like you would hear in a play. There is definitely a good amount of humor in this song.
As the album progressed a lot of the songs were under two minutes. The band is all over the place in terms of style and as the album progressed it seemed like it got more silly. I did enjoy “Only Wanted Me (for my fruit)” which is an off-kilter piano ballad and one of the more realized songs on the release.
I felt with this release that the band was having a good amount of fun and the songs were a bi-product. There were some moments I wanted more developed parts in the songs and an expansion of ideas. I recommend listening to this album from beginning to end. It feels to me that is where some of the magic lies.
Overall, I thought this was a solid effort. I look forward to hearing more.
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