Today, Brooklyn-based quintet Phony Ppl have shared the funky earworm “Before You Get A Boyfriend,” their first new song in three years. Blending soul, funk, R&B and more, Phony Ppl continue to flex their musical prowess by refusing to be limited to just one genre on the track which was self-produced and mixed by GRAMMY Award winner Qmillion. Okayplayer premiered the track, calling it “an ice-cold summer daydream,” adding that “the track builds out on a palette entirely their own; buoyant bubblegum basslines, sweet and simple summer melodies, and all of the heartwarming resolve.”
The group have also shared the accompanying visual, which follows lead vocalist Elbee’s attempts at courting his local bodega cashier – watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ri_3z0l1HMI
“Before You Get A Boyfriend” marks Phony Ppl’s first new music since their 2015 debut Yesterday’s Tomorrow. The set earned organic praise from The New York Times, who praised the group’s “forward thinking” abilities and Rolling Stone, who called the album “sharply cut funk.” Phony Ppl also earned cosigns from heavyweights Childish Gambino and Tyler The Creator, who named “End of the Night” one of his favorite tracks that year.
Phony Ppl have kept busy since Yesterday’s Tomorrow, performing with Erykah Badu and The Roots, along with opening for 2017 breakout star Kali Uchis on her nationwide tour. Individually, the members have also shared their talents on projects from Snake Hips, Princess Nokia, Mac Miller and Odd Future.
All five members of Phony Ppl come from a long line of musical families which helped cultivate their own love for the artform. Each member attended music classes and schools across the country, including Juilliard and the School of Rock, before finding each other in 2009. Those early after-school jam sessions evolved into the band’s current lineup, featuring Elbee Thrie on vocals, Elijah Rawk on lead guitar, Matt “Maffyuu” Byas on drums, Aja Grant on keys and Bari Bass on bass guitar.
“Before You Get A Boyfriend” is the first preview of Phony Ppl’s upcoming album, with more details to come soon.