Founded back in 2017 as BB by founding duo Bella Bebe (lead vocals, guitar) and Megan Magdalena (bass, vocals), the Vancouver-based punk outfit Bratboy have been busy: they’ve cut their teeth touring across North America, making strong connections up and down the West Coast, while opening for Amyl and The Sniffers, Sheer Mag, La Luz, Meatbodies, Blackwater Holylight, The Shivas, Dead Soft, Woolworm and Dumb.
Bebe’s and Magdalena’s good friend Tony Dallas (drums) joined the band — and the newly constituted trio went to Noise Floor Recording Studio to record their Jordan Koop-produced full-length debut, which is slated for release early this year.
The still unnamed album’s latest single “Dream Rope” is a beguiling and seamless synthesis of 60s girl pop, Ramones, The Go-Gos and 90s Riot Grrrl punk centered around crunchy power chords, down-tuned bass, forceful drumming, coquettish vocals and harmonies within a classic grunge song structure — alternating quiet verses, explosive choruses, a dreamy bridge and a scorching guitar solo. And the trio do so with a winning and mischievous mix of playfulness and earnestness.
Directed by Zachary Vague, the recently released video for “Dream Rope” is a stylish, French New Wave-inspired visual featuring a bright fairly monochromic color scheme featuring white, red, blue, orange that captures the band’s energy and style.