Boy Romeo's New Single "Public" is a Power Pop Ballad to the Heavens

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Rock songs typically keep us waiting for the big, anthemic chorus. Some drag us kicking and screaming into it—the “What’s New Pussycat” approach. On “Public,” from the upcoming Sports 12”, Sacramento power-pop project Boy Romeo drops the chorus on our heads without warning, like an anvil in a Looney Tunes short. John Steiner spends exactly three bass notes on an intro before the song takes off—then there’s the chorus, 17 seconds in, heralded by a rush of organs. It lets us know we’re not just listening to any pop song but a romantic statement, broadcast to the heavens with help from Steiner’s gently arcing, almost operatic voice. The song might end with an aural punchline in a delightfully off-sounding final chord, but the name Boy Romeo’s no joke.

Listen to “Public” below!

-Daniel Bromfield


Delaney Motter