Electro-pop duo Boy Harsher want to make their fans scream – in terror – with a new film

The pandemic has had a crippling effect on synth-pop duo Boy Harsher.

Like many other musicians, the duo stayed creative during lockdown and recorded a new album.

Unlike most bands, however, they also wrote and directed their first horror film “The Runner,” which is now streaming on Shudder.

  • Electro-pop duo Boy Harsher wrote and directed their first horror film “The Runner,” which is now streaming on Shudder.

  • Electro-pop duo Boy Harsher have stayed creative during lockdown and recorded a new album and they’ve also written and directed their first horror film ‘The Runner’, which is now streaming on Shudder. (Photo by Courtney Brooke).

“The pandemic happened and we were very isolated and Gus started working on music that was different from our normal lap,” said vocalist Jae Matthews, who along with producer Augustus Muller form the US-based band. Massachusetts.

“We just started putting it together and we were like, ‘Wow, this looks like a soundtrack, now imagine if this was a movie. That’s when we started writing these ideas that eventually became the movie,” she added.

It is accompanied by the album “The Runner (Original Soundtrack)”. They will perform the new songs and others from their catalog at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles on April 19 and 20 and at the Santa Ana Observatory on April 21.

For the LA shows, the band plans to screen the 40-minute film, which tells the story of a strange woman in an isolated town who seems to descend deeper and deeper into dark and violent places, ahead of the concert.

It’s hardly a stretch for Boy Harsher, who formed in 2014, to have directed a horror movie since Matthews and Muller first met at film school in Savannah, Utah. Georgia, and had movie aspirations until music took center stage.

“We started out doing sparse ambient music on VHS shorts that Jae was making that slowly evolved into pop songs,” Muller said.

Their career began with Matthews performing spoken word tracks on some of his shorts while Muller played background music.

Once audiences started to react to the music, the duo focused more on that aspect of their creativity and have since released a handful of albums and EPs.

But the cinema virus never really disappeared.

“We relied on the shows for inspiration and COVID came along and the shows disappeared, so we kind of went back to the drawing board. We had that time and we always dreamed of movies, so it was that opportunity to put something together,” Muller said.

Muller described the new music as more “introverted” than their usual club-friendly dance songs.

The film, meanwhile, is a rather abstract atmospheric dark thriller that opens with a woman running through the woods. His shirt is stained with blood. The film continues to follow her through a series of bloody murders.

“I think the runner is running from a terrible experience that made her a monster,” Matthews said.

And now that they’ve made their first movie, the couple plan to make more movies in the future. But for fans of their music, there’s no need to scream in terror.

“It’s exciting. We’ve definitely found that we love making movies, we want to keep doing that. , Muller said.

If you are going to

Los Angeles: 6:30 p.m. April 19 and 20, The Belasco, 1050 S. Hill St. $25-$35. livenation.com.

Santa Ana: 7 p.m. April 21, The Observatory, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd. $25. observatoryoc.com.

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