If you’re into “hip shaking, sunbathing, heartbreaking rock ’n’ roll,” then the Candescents might just be your new favorite band. Today, the Columbus-based rockers officially announced their signing to iconic British indie label Dirty Hit and debuted their summer-ready new single, “Boyfriend,” which you can listen to below.
Taking cues from labelmates the 1975, Pale Waves, the Japanese House and more, the Candescents are shrouded in mystery. Prior to today, the band had no songs on streaming services, no apparent label backing—but they’re by no means totally new to the scene.
Raised on house shows and late night drives, the band’s proper debut has been a few years in the making.
“We are four boys from Columbus just trying to make sweet rock ’n’ roll music,” vocalist/guitarist Alex Harris says. “Alex [von Lehmden] and I met in an OSU dorm room. We just played each other some stuff, and it all kind of fell into place.”
“Boyfriend” is lyrically flirty, blending pop hooks and a dash of modern garage rock that’s clearly influenced by Weezer and ’90s coming-of-age flicks. “It’s the most undeniable [song],” Harris says about the track, which he teases as a standout on their forthcoming EP. “It’s a song about the fear of dependency, which I’d like to think the lyrics get across.”
Listen to the summer—and single—loving “Boyfriend” now:
With new music, tours and videos planned for the rest of the year, it’s clear the Candescents are only just getting started.
Check out the bands’ full list of forthcoming tour dates with We Are Scientists below.