Post-hardcore band Boy Becomes Hero released their new single “Flexibility” and its lyric video. The track is taken from their upcoming sophomore record ‘Escape Artist’, which is due out September 25th.
About the upcoming concept album, Boy Becomes Hero told The Noise:
“’Escape Artist’ is a story that follows Amatera (the antagonist from ‘Reverie’), a man who is lost in an ever changing mental state. His story begins at a breaking point for change, mislead by a corrupt leader, resulting in a devastating loss. Cast out to sea, Amatera finds himself captive by a siren’s song. With the help of Ninjen (Garret Rapp) and Ajna (Jonny Craig), our hero is able to heal and plan an overtaking of the siren’s ship in order to find restitution. The end of this album ties right into “Abstraction” from ‘Reverie’. A deluxe edition will be available next year with a few songs re-imagined from ‘Reverie’, where our characters from both albums’ stories collide. ‘Escape Artist’ is kind of a horror album; you’ll really be able to hear that. It makes its way musically with our characters moving from dark to light. Jonathan Gearing jumping on board this time really steps things up a notch with the programming and Andreas Magnusson really killed it with the mix. There’s a whole lot of Garret on here too. I can’t wait for everyone to really dig into this.”
Boy Becomes Hero is a post-hardcore outfit from Michigan created by Andrew Brittingham (multi-instrumentalist, vocalist) that delivers thrashing anthems and melodic break downs. The band, with a partnership with To Write Love On Her Arms, is dedicated to creating a musical experience across the post-hardcore scene while raising awareness for depression, self-harm, addiction and suicide.
Their upcoming sophomore album ‘Escape Artist’ is a horror album serving as a prelude to their 2019 debut album ‘Reverie’, which was heralded by Billboard and Substream Magazine as well as Johnny Minardi (Roadrunner Records/Fueled by Ramen) who shared that it had “a solid groove that hits hard right off the bat”.
Mixed and mastered by Andreas Magnusson (Oh, Sleeper/Haste the Day/The Black Dahlia Murder), the album takes a much darker side compared to its freshman counterpart with Jonathan Gearing (The Devil Wears Prada) presenting a much deeper emotional space with programming and keys.
The story follows Amatera (Andrew Brittingham) as he struggles with toxic relationships, mistakes he will make and has made, and searches for restitution, by creating a life of atonement. Ninjen (Garret Rapp) and Ajna (Jonny Craig) help our anti-hero, while captive upon a siren’s ship, find positivity and a healthy mental state in order to let go of the past and focus on the present and the future. The album’s themes of depression, self-harm, and mental health provide a deep dive for listeners as the heroes in the story make their way from darkness back to light.