“This song is basically describing a manic episode,” Phoneboy explain. “Maybe I’ll dye/ Bleach my hair and burn my eyes/ Or maybe I’m fine/ Maybe I’m fine,” the New Jersey group ponder on the track. Inspired by the tendency we can have to ruminate on our life’s purpose in early adulthood, as well as other people’s perceptions of us, “these feelings of fear and confusion are what this song is trying to portray,” they continue.
Singers and guitarists, Wyn Barnum and Ricky Dana met as students at a technical university amid the dearth of indie culture or scenes this environment afforded them. Welcoming Wyn’s childhood friend, bassist James Fusco, to complete the group, they initially bonded over a penchant for midwest emo. They subsequently formed the trio that stands before us today, with the mission statement of living in the present and resisting the 2020s allure of being a “Phoneboy” (a boy who’s always on his phone when amongst company).
Time spent without modern distractions apparently engenders musical excellence, with Phoneboy proving themselves yet again on “Runaway” with their eclectic indie that draws on influences spanning Frank Ocean, Megan Thee Stallion, and Billy Joel. Facing up to the frenzy that is young adulthood never sounded so good, as they deliver an impassioned, characterful and addictive youth anthem.
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