The Burroughs' Single Release: A Review of "You Are My Joy" & "1968"

By: Zach Dahmen

For those unfamiliar with The Burroughs, they’re a band out of Greeley, Colorado that describe their music with the tagline “sweaty soul”. The 9-piece formed in 2013 covering soul classics. In 2015 they recorded their first full-length; a live release called Sweaty Greeley Soul.

The Burroughs.

The Burroughs.

On April 1st of this year, The Burroughs released two new studio singles. They were recorded at Mighty Fine Productions in Denver, a spot that has worked with many local favorites including DeVotchKa. The tracks were engineered by Colin Bricker and produced by Jim White.

Listen to The Burroughs’ new singles:

The lead single of the release is “You Are My Joy”, a bouncy, well-produced, horn-heavy crooner. It’s a nice piece of pop that exudes its own title. The Burroughs wear their influences on their sleeve with classic soul music touchstones, smooth soulful vocals, and just the right amount of horns. When the bridge of this track comes, it’s hard not to at least bob your head if you don’t first find yourself clapping along. This is sure to be a dance-inducing crowd pleaser.

The B-side, “1968”, is a soulful ode to the decade from where it takes its title. It has a funky beat that has lead singer Johnny Burroughs sliding across the track lamenting the state of our world. The saxophone work on the track is worth the listen alone. It’s a good choice for a B-side; juxtaposed to “You Are My Joy”, it shows the band’s range and song craft. Bonus points must be given for using the word ‘asinine’ in a song.

Both of The Burroughs' tracks are currently available on Bandcamp and iTunes.

The band can next be seen this Saturday, April 9th at the Moxi Theater in Greeley with Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal, and next Friday, April 15th at the Aggie Theatre in Fort Collins.


All photos, videos, and embedded tracks per the artists featured and those credited. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat.