Bringin’ It Backwards: Interview with Boo Riley

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We had the pleasure of interviewing Boo Riley over Zoom video! 

Boo Riley is celebrating the release of a new video for self titled single “Boo Riley.” Check out the video here:

The video follows Boo Riley through the subway, into a busking moment in Tompkins Square Park, and into a gig at Arlene’s Grocery. As someone who lives in New York and hasn’t been able to venture to my favorite places in almost five months, the video serves as a nice ode to what’s waiting on the other side of all of this!

When asked about the inspiration behind the video, Boo Riley shares, “I was listening to Wilco’s ‘Wilco (The Song)’ and loved the lyric ‘this is aural arms open wide, a sonic shoulder for you to cry on.’ I wanted to write a song inspired by that line, but with Boo Riley’s perspective. The video is an extension of this. We wanted to visualize what we were trying to do sonically.”

Boo Riley was created in 2016 as a musical moniker of Manhattanite, Austin Lesch. Born out of a time when Lesch was feeling artistically unfulfilled from his acting career and needing an outlet to create art on his own, the project now aims to create complex yet accessible tunes that draw inspiration from classic rock, 80’s pop, and indie whilst evoking the magic of a California night drive.

In pre-coronavirus world Austin was working as an actor in the Broadway play Frozen, and since the shutdown and recent announcement of Broadway being closed through the end of the year, has decided to use this time to pursue his music projects in a way he wasn’t able to before.

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