Boston’s synth-pop duo The Bynars seem to have been brought up on a healthy diet of Gary Numan and Devo. Combining an instinctual ear for pop construction and hook-riddled synth grooves tailor-made to engage the head and the hips, drummer Mike Champ and singer/guitarist Matt Jatkola churn out melodic pop songs that lodge themselves deep within your cerebral cortex. Having toured extensively on the back of their 2011 debut album, the band found themselves with an excess of new material, and so they headed back into the studio to record their next record. Having done just that, the band is gearing up for the release of their second album, X vs X, which is set to come out sometime later this year.
For the first single from their sophomore album, the band has chosen “Dancing On A Dream,” a shimmering chunk of synth-pop and early 80’s rock that finds itself sitting somewhere between the slick art-rock of Ultravox and the catchy radio pop of “Jessie’s Girl.” Jatkola’s sing-song delivery wraps perfectly around the dance-y rhythms and propulsive instrumentation. Partially submerged guitar riffs spin around low-end bass and synths which seem to creep in slowly from the song’s periphery. It’s difficult to imagine hitting that second chorus and not realizing that your fingers and feet have been moving since that lead-in guitar line. The only thing you can really do is roll down the windows, throw on “Dancing On A Dream,” and watch the landscape rush past you.
Beats Per Minute is pleased to premiere the lead single, “Dancing On A Dream,” from The Bynars’ upcoming album, X vs X.