Beach Bunny announce debut LP Honeymoon, share Origins of “Dream Boy”: Stream

The Chicago-based indie pop group has also revealed a new string of US tour dates

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Origins is a recurring new music feature that gives musicians the chance to reveal more about the inspirations behind their newest single. This time, Beach Bunny clarify the aspects of their “Dream Boy”.

Chicago indie pop band Beach Bunny have today announced their debut album, Honeymoon. In conjunction, they’ve shared the Origins of the lead single, “Dream Boy”, and revealed a 2020 US tour.

Due out February 14th, Honeymoon marks the quartet’s first effort for Mom+Pop following four self-released EPs. Beach Bunny began as the solo bedroom project of frontperson Lili Trifilio in 2015 before growing into a full band two years later with the addition of guitarist Matt Henkels, bassist Anthony Vaccaro, and drummer Jonathan Alvarado. Together, they recorded their debut full-length with producer Joe Reinhart (Hop Along, Joyce Manor) at Chicago’s Electrical Audio.

“Dream Boy” serves as our first taste of the record, and it’s a sign of a pretty blissful Honeymoon. Oozing with the optimism of a young romantic daydreamer, the track uses pounding percussion and breezily beatific guitar lines to push aside loneliness. “If you’re gonna love me, make sure that you do it right,” sings a keen Trifilio. “I’ll be under your window in the moonlight.”

The song comes accompanied by a John Hughes-meets-Eighth Grade inspired video directed by Matt Gehl of Everybody’s Baby. Watch the clip below.

In support of Honeymoon, Beach Bunny will be on the road throughout November and early December. They’ve also today revealed new 2020 tour dates, including shows in Chicago, Dallas, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Seattle, Denver, Philadelphia, and Brooklyn. Find their complete itinerary ahead, and get tickets to all their upcoming gigs via the band’s website or here.

For more on “Dream Boy”, Trifilio has revealed some of the track’s Origins.


John Cusack in Say Anything
Say Anything (20th Century Fox)

I’ve always been drawn to rom-coms from cheesy to nauseating, especially the ones where a boy is waiting outside a girls window with a boombox or a poster and she swoons and instantly falls for him. When I wrote the line “meet me after midnight” that’s the type of scenario I was picturing in my head – two teenagers  hopelessly in love, sneaking out after dark. I can’t pinpoint a specific movie moment but I feel like I’ve seen that movie trope hundreds of times. I remember the thrill of staying out late in the park with the neighborhood kids in  high school – we were good kids but just the act of being awake  when the rest of the world was indoors and asleep always made us feel unstoppable. It didn’t matter what we were doing or who came out – it’s those memories I carry with me that remind me the most of young love and summer sweethearts which have shaped some of the lyrics in the song.

Summer in Chicago:

Summer in Chicago Beach bunny dream boy origins“Dream Boy” wasn’t written during summer but was written to resemble summer in some form. Growing up in Chicago, the first day of summer always felt like the beginning of a new year — the people were out, the animals were multiplying, the city felt alive again after nearly 6 months of winter. I adore summer, and summer to me feels like the beginning of a budding relationship – a hopeful, relieving, exciting feeling. I wanted to write a song that felt the way I feel every year summer rolls around in the Windy City — absolutely stoked for something new. I have so many fond memories of bike rides, pool parties, and fireworks with a loved one. Those experiences made writing “Dream Boy” so easy.


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Lake Michigan, photo via Beach Bunny

“Dream Boy” reminds me of the color blue, like the summer sky. A joyful shade of blue, like the kind you see in mid-July — not a cloud in sight. When I leave my apartment and have time to walk to Lake Michigan on a clear blue day, it is my absolute favorite pastime. I associate joy with the color baby blue and in a sense the song resembles that color to me because it was written when I was in a very joyful place in life.

The Chicago Music Scene:

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Chicago Music Scene, photo via Beach Bunny

“Dream Boy” was influenced by local music and friends in bands. I can’t pinpoint a specific genre, person, album but I’ve always adored local music and knowing talented musicians has played a profound role in my writing  over time, especially in terms of exploring new sounds and styles. Being in the Chicago scene and being able to explore so many new sights and sounds has helped to cultivate many of the sounds on Honeymoon including the dancy beat of “Dream Boy.”

Honeymoon Artwork:

Beach Bunny Honeymoon album artwork cover debut

Honeymoon Tracklist:
01. Promises
02. Cuffing Season
03. April
04. Rearview
05. Ms. California
06. Colorblind
07. Racetrack
08. Dream Boy
09. Cloud 9

Beach Bunny 2019-2020 Tour Dates:
10/31 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
11/16 – Detroit, MI @ El Club
11/17 – Toronto, ON @ The Hard Luck
11/20 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott
11/21 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade NYC
11/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Everybody Hits
11/23 – Washington, DC @ Songbyrd
11/24 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
11/25 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
11/26 – Nashville, TN @ DRKMTTR
11/27 – Columbus, OH @ Big Room Bar
12/05 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
12/06 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry
12/07 – Grinnell, IA @ Gardner Lounge at Grinnell College
12/08 – Indianapolis, IN @ Hoosier Dome
02/22 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
02/28 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda
02/29 – Houston, TX @ The Secret Group
03/01 – Dallas, TX @ Ruins
03/03 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
03/04 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
03/05 – San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe
03/07 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
03/09 – Portland, OR @ Polaris Hall
03/10 – Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project
03/12 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
03/13 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake
03/27 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
03/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
03/29 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
03/31 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg


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