Boyo at Hotel Vegas: A First-Time Encounter with LA’s Lo-Fi Indie Rock Band Thoughts+Photos: Boyo at Hotel Vegas During SXSW 2/18/23
AUSTIN, TX- Amidst a bustling schedule at Hotel Vegas, I serendipitously found myself engrossed in the unexpected delight of a live set from Boyo. This Los Angeles-based act has been on my radar for a few years, yet ironically, it was in Texas where our paths finally crossed.
Anchored by the captivating singer-songwriter Robert Tilden, Boyo wrapped the audience in a vortex of introspective lyricism and hazy guitar work. Their signature blend of lo-fi indie rock marries elements of dream pop, garage rock, and surf rock, resulting in a tapestry of laid-back rhythms and melancholic melodies that seemed to pierce the crowd on a deeply emotional level.
Onstage, the bond among the band members was palpable; their shared enthusiasm transformed into potent soundwaves that dominated the intimate venue. They successfully maintained the dreamy, ethereal atmosphere from their recorded music during their live set—a feat that proves elusive to many bands—conjuring an immersive sonic journey for both the uninitiated and those already familiar with their work. The crowd, I suspect, was equally impressed by Boyo’s embodiment of the independent rock spirit.
My prior knowledge of Boyo’s live performances was scant, given this was my inaugural experience seeing them on stage. However, this encounter was one that left a profound impression—one not easily forgotten. Perhaps our next rendezvous will be on their home turf, amidst the city of Angels.
p.s. Their next L.A. gig is August 24, 2023 at El Cid.