Self-titled album goes back to roots of Burlington band



Boys Night Out front man Connor Lovat, right, says fans won’t hear screaming on their latest.


Boys Night Out isn’t out to cater to anyone else’s tastes.


The five-piece Burlington, Ont., band has undergone changes in membership, sound and method since forming in 2001, but founding vocalist Connor Lovat-Fraser says how others judge such changes is only an afterthought.

“Nobody is ever going to have this great unified stance and say, ‘Man, that’s a great record,’ or, ‘Man, that’s a terrible record.’ You hope that people can latch on and if not, there’s more records to come.”

The Boys Night Out front man maintains a complacent attitude regarding the band’s music, preferring the free-flowing approach he says the band was built on.

It’s that freedom Lovat-Fraser says also permeates their new self-titled release, a followup to the concept-album, Trainwreck. “There were a lot of elements that had to be cohesive in everything, from the music to the lyrics,” he says.

But while he enjoyed the challenge the album posed to the band, he says their new album’s unrestricted fashion is a welcome throwback to their first LP, Make Yourself Sick. “It’s a lot of fun to get back to the looseness of a non-concept.”

Yet while the style might be reminiscent of their earlier work, the same cannot be said for its producers. Boys Night Out has shuffled its lineup considerably, contributing to their change in sound over the years. The most recent switch has been the return of the band’s original drummer, Ben Arseneau.

However, by Lovat-Fraser’s measurement, this change fits right into the vein of the attitude Boys Night Out is aiming for. He says, “(Ben)’s a lot more free-flowing. Things are looser and more groove-oriented as opposed to as rigid as the last record.”

Also rigid are critic and fan views on the wavering sound of the band. Their new album has a clear emphasis on alternative rock, a metamorphosis from the screamo category into which they’ve been slotted. “I don’t know if that even applies to us anymore since we don’t even have any screaming,” says Lovat-Fraser, adding bands put into that genre boast a number of similarities, the likeness a reality from which the band is trying to distance itself.

In the end, Lovat-Fraser decides to leave the debate of the band to critics, saying unlike other bands, the Boys don’t bicker on the road. Their greatest argument, Lovat-Fraser quips, begins with, “Where do you guys want to go drink tonight?”