Over the course of the past year, Boroughs has gone from a newly-formed musical collective to one of the most exciting up-and-coming bands in Southern California. Blending elements of country rock, folk and soulful Americana, the band has meticulously crafted a sound reminiscent of Neil Young, Ryan Adams and Wilco.
Consisting of singer-songwriter Kyle Neal, guitarist JD Carrera, bassist Derrick Wong and drummer Tyler Johnson, the band’s songs explore themes of heartbreak, confusion and love, and in November, they will release their debut EP, which was mixed by John Spiker of Tenacious D.
How did you initially become interested in playing music?
Kyle: It started at a young age. My mom signed me up for kids choir at the church I grew up in, and I spent most of my younger years singing. When I was about 10 or 11, I started talking to my parents about taking up an instrument. It was either going to be guitar or piano and we didn’t have room in our house for a piano. I was very much an “indoor kid” who lived outside his school district so none of my friends lived close by. I didn’t spend much time running around with other kids. Instead I spent my time playing guitar and singing and eventually writing my own songs.