If knowing is half the battle, then Boogie Boy Metal Mouth is off to a good start. Having spent years forging their individual paths in music through hip-hop in the early aughts (initially through the group Awkward Landing) the duo of J. Ring and Emoh decided to build their new band based on what they knew they didn’t want it to sound like: everything they did before.
You wouldn’t guess it from the inside of the Watertown apartment they share, where countless posters and stickers from rap acts cover the walls of the makeshift second-floor studio they use to record almost every day. Inside, instead of guitars and drums, there’s just enough room for Emoh’s turntables, his drum machine, and a mike stand. The sounds that emerge when they start rehearsing are arresting: Their music rumbles forward like a distorted, echoing force of nature, with a large dose of punk, some garage rock, plus touches of blues and dub. You could call it almost anything, but hip-hop would be pretty low down on the list.