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Boygenius Are Going on Hiatus

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Lucy Dacus, Julien Baker, and Pheobe Bridgers.

The three-member supergroup Boygenius, consisting of Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus, confirmed the hiatus to Billboard through a representative on February 1st after announcing the break during a secret show in Los Angeles on January 31st. They reportedly told the crowd, “We’re going away for the foreseeable future.” A video from the evening shows Dacus telling the crowd, “This is our final show, and we’re feeling it.” 

Some were unsurprised by the announcement, as the members have been open about their solo careers. “I think people know this is a rarity, and there’s no guarantee it’ll continue,” Dacus told Billboard. “Like, we will continue to be Boygenius and be friends, but we also will get back to our things.” Since the beginning, Boygenius has always been open about the fact that its latest run would only be temporary, given the passion of each member’s solo career. 

The announcement ended an incredible year for the indie band, who originally debuted Boygenius in 2018 with the release of their EP. The musicians then returned to their solo careers before reuniting in 2023, releasing their album, The Record; following the album, they released a four-track EP, The Rest. The group toured throughout the year, playing in shows and festivals across North America and Europe. 

After its release, The Record landed the band’s first entry on the Billboard 200, remaining No.4 for 14 weeks. The announcement came on the eve of the 2024 Grammy Awards, where Boygenius was nominated for six categories for their debut album, The Record. The group won 3 awards: Best Rock Performance for their song Not Strong Enough, Best Alternative Music Album for The Record, and Record of The Year for Not Strong Enough.  

Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus of US indie group Boygenius accept the award for Best Rock Performance for “Not Strong Enough” on stage during the 66th Annual Grammy Awards (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (AFP via Getty Images)

Fans took to X to share their reactions to Boygenius’ hiatus announcement.  

One said, I just woke up a, and wtf b, Boygenius hiatus D, OMT TALK TO ME.”

Another posted, “I’m trying not to be sad about boy genius hiatus thinking about their solo projects and the high possibility of them writing songs about each other,” 

“Some of you are overreacting – people are allowed to be sad about Boygenius going on hiatus. Like yes, everyone knows it’s not forever, but let people feel their emotions, Jesus Christ,” a third added. 

“EVERYONE SHUT UP; BOYGENIUS IS GOING ON HIATUS???? WHAT IS IT 2015? HOW LONG IS THE “break” GONNA BE???? 18 MONTHS????” tweeted a fan. 

While some fans express disappointment about the band’s hiatus, many express happiness about the band’s run. 

A fan tweeted, “It’s been going on for a while, but I’m obsessed with Boygenius. They are one of the most creative, vocally beautiful, & transcendent bands in a long time. So bummed they are taking a hiatus😢”

“I think the thing I am most grateful for in life is the simple fact I was lucky enough to see boygenius live before their hiatus,” another fan posted. 

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Lucy Phillips, Staff Writer
Lucy Phillips (9) is currently a Freshman at Santiago High School. Her primary academic focus is Language Arts, French, and History. Lucy hopes to take all Honors and AP classes during her four years of High School. Lucy decided to join Journalism because of her love and passion for writing about topics she is passionate about. Her interest in writing started in elementary school when she discovered that writing allows her to express her feelings and thoughts on a topic. Outside of school, Lucy enjoys hanging out with her friends, watching movies, listening to music, and photography. She is also on a swim team outside of school and hopes to make the Santiago swim team this year. In the future, she aspires to go to Northwestern University and gain a Journalism degree. One day, Lucy hopes to become a Journalist and write for a magazine since fashion is one of her interests. You may reach her at [email protected]
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    Caitlyn WilsonMar 11, 2024 at 9:58 pm

    I enjoyed your straightforward writing and the background that you gave about the unsurprising nature of their announcement. Including the fans’ reactions on X was a great idea to include fans’ opinions from truly devoted fans. The only thing I’m confused about is the explication of the band’s journey and their music before this point, but other than that the article is amazing!! I love Boygenius so I felt this loss deeply 🙂

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