Detroit Rock Trio Prude Boys Release Bittersweet 7-Inch
Two years after their last release, Detroit-based trio Prude Boys return with two new warring singles, anthemic “The Reunion” and tender “Daddy.”
“These two songs are very special to me,” vocalist Caroline Thornbury tells The Music Mermaid. “They’re both about my sister, Rosie, who passed a few years ago unexpectedly so sharing them is hard, but it feels a little cathartic.”
Prude Boys’ 7-inch release kicks off with "The Reunion,” a dynamic first slot that finds Caroline’s voice warbling and wobbling with a classic trill while high-powered instrumental unity swarms around her — the track is unrelenting in its surf-rock rhythms, rapid-fire percussive beats, and searing guitar riffs, but there are moments when it seems to veer slightly from its feel-good nature and gets lost in the weight of memory brought to life by the trio’s earnest attack on indie-rock instrumentation. “Daddy” is the comedown, a sweetened ballad that nixes Prude Boys’ percussive power in favor of tender electric buzzes and a softer drawl, nearly elegiac in its stripped-back lamentation. Together, the songs act as an honest ode in two parts — the pep and the pain.