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Boo Riley Paints with Musical Color in “Trench Foot”

Manhattan based songwriter, Austin Lesch (also known by the stage name, Boo Riley) brings a tender touch with his latest single “Trench Foot”. There is a sense of desolation that echoes in each note as takes in his surroundings as if to paint them musically.

“I was inspired to write this song after seeing Peter Jackson’s 2019 WW1 documentary, They Shall Not Grow Old” Says Lesch, “Using colorization and modern production techniques they took previously unseen footage that was over 100 years old and made it feel much more immediate and relatable. I wanted to try and do the same through song. My endeavor was to tell a century old story through a modern lens of pop/rock soundscapes.”

What starts off as dreary and gray, winds up swirling to life with vibrant colors that come through as the music swells. It’s as if Lesch is simulating a moment of walking through a war-torn battlefield allowing himself to become moved by a haunting sense of dread that something terrible has happened, but he doesn’t let that stop his musical momentum.

He keeps pushing forward finding meaning in the light vocal hooks that dance upon a beaten earth. There is a heaviness to the inspiration for this song, but it moves with a sense of boundless potential. That pop rock optimism shines through the darkness of the battlefield as Boo Riley marks this time and space as a lesson learned, more ready than ever to move towards a brighter, more colorful future.

“Trench Foot” is available now on major streaming platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, and BandCamp. Find this and more great music on the Alchemical Records Multigenre Mixture playlist on Spotify.

Charlie Maybee

Charlie Maybee is a dancer, musician, educator, and writer based in Charleston, South Carolina who currently teaches with the Dance Program at the College of Charleston. His primary work as an artist is with his performing collective, Polymath Performance Project, through which he makes interdisciplinary performance art that centers tap dance as the primary medium of expression and research. He also currently plays rhythm guitar for the Charleston-based punk band, Anergy, and releases music as a solo artist under the name Nox Eterna.

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