Connecticut indie-rockers Litvar make their mark with ‘You Should Find A New Boyfriend’
Plus the band announce US tour (dates below)
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Small town indie-rock is having its heyday once again as listeners move their ears away from the big city stereotypes in search of music and experiences they find more relatable. One band with a growing audience of sincere fans are Litvar, the American indie-rockers from Willimantic, Connecticut, who are in some ways defined by their experiences growing up in such an unassuming place, but it’s also their battle against the status quo that comes through with such power in their genre-blending sound.
It’s in their newest song ‘You Should Find A New Boyfriend’ where Litvar’s identity comes into full focus:
“We wrote ‘You Should Find a New Boyfriend’ in an Air BNB in Los Angeles during our first proper tour. Coming from small town Connecticut, flying across the country to play in a big city was very overwhelming, and so we found ourselves in our comfort zone, sitting together making music.”
Joined by their shared experiences, these lifelong friends Rex Thurstan (he/they), Violet Falkowski (she/they) and Joe Lemieux (he/they) also strive to push the boundaries of what’s expected in their sound. This new single initially presents itself as a minimalistic, mid 00s indie-pop track, allowing the more sensitive side of this emotionally charged narrative to show. However, once the track reaches the 1:36 minute mark, it explodes in a fury of punk-rock sound with a huge chorus and massive pop hooks that once again displays this band’s deep understanding of the mercurial nature of anxiety.
Speaking about the song’s dramatic evolution, the band also share that:
“Sonically, ‘Boyfriend’ is us playing with dynamics, exploring our electronic pop influences and satisfying our thirst for huge modern rock choruses. Lyrically, it’s about searching for space while being swallowed by anxiety, using the idea of begging for air in a strangling relationship.”
Complete with a music video by the award-winning film director Alejandro Montoya Marin (The Wrong Guy, Millennium Bugs, Rebel without a Crew), ‘You Should Find A New Boyfriend’ will be out on October 28th ahead of a US tour - find dates below.
The single will also feature on Litvar’s sophomore album, Eloquently Aimless, due for release in 2023.
Litvar’s origin story sprung from the childhood friendship of Rex and Violet, who began to play and write music together since their high school days. Ever since then, they’ve been working together as songwriters in various bands and projects, but the turning point for the duo came when they met Joe at a local Connecticut show in 2019. The chemistry was instant and Joe immediately asked to be their drummer and soon enough they were all playing shows together in the local music scene.
When the covid-19 pandemic arrived in early 2020, roommates Joe and Rex did what many musicians in isolation did at the time and started producing a new collection of songs that would turn out to be Litvar’s debut album. They released debut single ‘Hi I’m Andy’ in May 2020, and quickly amassed over 100,000 streams and built a loyal online following.
The full debut album, The Greatest Movie of All Time, followed in September 2020, which caught the eye of LA-based indie label Mother West who signed them later that year in October. The label released the album on vinyl, CD and cassette, which was followed by a radio campaign that saw the record reaching #193 on the NACC charts.
In early 2021, Litvar was ready to prepare new music and live shows, so Rex and Joe recruited Violet into the band as a third songwriter and bassist. Throughout 2021, the trio toured extensively across the United States and in 2022 they performed several shows in Austin, TX for SXSW.
Another landmark moment for Litvar was this summer (2022) with the release of the stand alone hit single ‘No One Tastes Like You’ produced by Wolfgang Zimmerman (Band of Horses) and with a gritty DIY-style music video. Ever tireless, the band followed this single with even more live shows.
Currently, the band are gearing up for the release of their second album and first proper studio record, Eloquently Aimless. This upcoming record will be produced by Charles Newman (The Magnetic Fields, The Bones of J.R. Jones) and in February of 2022, Litvar drove cross country to the late Elliot Smith’s New Monkey Studio in Los Angeles to track the record with Newman. Many of these new songs were created while touring on the road, including the first to be revealed - ‘You Should Find A New Boyfriend’.
Source Olivia Rayner
October 28, 2022 5:13am ET by Olivia Rayner