Infinity Song

“You have to ask yourself – Is this important and worth it? It’s been yes every day for us”

Not everyone is blessed with a family they get along with, let alone where all of its members are musically gifted. Of course, examples do exist of successful family acts – think only of the iconic Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas, the Jonas Brothers, the Carpenters, or The Jackson 5. But it’s been a while since a tried and true family band has caught everyone’s attention. Enter Infinity Song, a soft rock band comprised of four siblings named Abraham, Angel, Israel, and Thalia “Momo” Boyd. They’ve gone viral on TikTok with their “Hater’s Anthem,” and were recently signed by none other than Jay-Z.

But, Abraham tells me when I speak with the band, it’s really not something that happened overnight. “We’ve been singing since we were little kids, and music is truly our family’s way of life. It’s been an outlet for development, for processing life – we come together around music. We made it official in 2014 or something, I don’t know the exact date. But really, it was a formality more than anything.”

They did spend time thinking about whether or not a family band was the way to go, considering their own musical ambitions and preferences. Ultimately, it really did feel like this was the right and only way to go. Abraham, the oldest brother, adds that “family bands make a special contribution to the world and to music. And so you really have to take a cost-benefit analysis every day, and ask yourself, Is this important? And is it worth it? And hopefully, it continues to come out. You continue to come out each day with the answer: Yes. And so it’s been yes, every day for us.”

Similarly, the band really does not look at their signing to Roc Nation as the pinnacle of them being discovered. It’s also not the release of the latest EP Metamorphosis. Rather, they think they’re being discovered and growing as a result every day. “A video made its way to James Samuels, who introduced us to Jay Z. But the process is so multifaceted, and circumstantial. With every viral video, we’re being discovered – there’s no single moment we can pin our discovery to. It’s when you saw us, that you discovered us,” Abraham points out with a smile. “It’s more that we developed and got to a place where we were able to finance our dreams.”

The band has its roots in busking, which they refer to lovingly as “pop-up performances.” It still often finds its way into the visuals of their music videos. “We’d take the money we made on the street and invest back into the studio invest into lessons and instruments and just everything. And so it gave us an opportunity to actually be musicians full-time. However, the discovery process is ongoing. And we look forward to the world discovering our music.”

When I ask if it’s been smooth sailing – making your family your co-workers – they smile. “When you work together, it comes with its own strengths and challenges. There’s really no way to avoid the challenges. But on the flip side, there’s no way to avoid the positives and the strengths that come with working with people that you were raised with. So I think it’s, it’s an idealistic world to think that you would be able to separate them because it’s not, it’s just not possible. But we wouldn’t trade it.”

There’s also the fact that the band members are all different ages, and probably as a result are having very different life experiences. Israel tells me that they view it as a plus, rather than an obstacle. “It does reflect in the differences in our writing. And for a little time, there was unsureness, because it was like, are we going to have a unified voice, if all of us want to talk about maybe different things, or we have different ways of expressing things?” He recalls. “But over time, I think we all realized that it’s more of a strength than anything. We can reach different pockets of the world with our differences in age and outlook and current experiences.”

As an example, he looks to “Hater’s Anthem” – written by his younger siblings. “It’s quirky, it’s satirical, it’s silly, kind of, and that can reflect like a younger way of like processing.” At the same time, the group can offer songs such as “Noone Comes Close” — “It reflects a deep love and like, a mature love. Something that you’re willing to, you know, fight for. And so ultimately, I think we all realized having such a wide range of ways of expression is what’s going to probably take us the furthest. Because we don’t just have the same style over and over and over. We have four different voices for different individual walks, and journeys to document. That is gonna spread us all over the world. And there’s nobody who we won’t be able to relate to because of that.”

The diversity in storytelling is what sets them apart, and also what makes their EPs sound very authentic. People can relate to the group as a collective, as well as on an individual level. When it comes to songwriting, that also means they all have equal say and freedom in crafting songs they feel fit the band. Momo explains: “Each of us have written our own song on the project. So ‘Hater’s Anthem,’ I wrote solely by myself. ‘Pink Sky,’ Israel wrote solely by himself. ‘Noone Comes Close’ was Abraham’s song, and ‘Slowburn’ was Angel’s song. ‘Metamorphosis’ we wrote together, and then the other two tracks are covers. Each of us have an opportunity to express ourselves, though it wasn’t a conscious decision to make every song different or maintain a balance. It’s not a limitation we want to set for ourselves. The only parameter we set was the idea of soft rock. And keeping, making sure that every song felt true.”

Quality control is a whole different beast. How do you give constructive criticism to your family members about their personal, carefully crafted songs when they’re maybe not as good as they could or should be? And do the members of the group who play instruments have more of a say, as they’re inevitably more involved with arrangements? Abraham admits that it is ‘probably one of the most intimidating things’ to ever do, presenting a song within the family context. If anything, they might be harder on each other than a stranger would be.

“We all have the same paradigm of excellence, excellence, excellence. And so understanding that you’re going to present a song that you wrote, that is personal to you, that you spent countless hours calibrating, and you’re going to present a song with someone that has the same or a similar metric for excellence, meaning that if it’s not good, it’s not getting through. Friends and people who are, you know, more detached in terms of their proximity, would probably filter. Because you wouldn’t want to discourage or hurt each other’s feelings. But we’ve established within the band that we want to win. And so I’m going to hold you to the standard of winning, not to the standard of what are your feelings doing. And so it, it is quite scary. And it’s not the funnest, but I think we’ve all calibrated our songwriting in our production. And also, we have a trust for each other. If you’re really behind it, we should wait and see, because a lot of things develop in the last few days or production as well.”

Funnily enough, they’re all quick to agree on the fact that their underrated favorite on the album is actually a cover. “The last track on the project, “I Don’t Feel No Ways Tired.” It’s just, it’s a cover of a gospel classic, a very classic gospel song. But every time I listen to it, I’m just blown away even though it’s us. I’m just like, wow, this is good music,” Angel explains with a smile.

Now, they hope that listeners across the world will have that exact same thought when listening to Metamorphosis. With such a clear familial mindset of excellence, I ask them what they would define as success. “I think even when we were very young, and didn’t realize what the goalpost was, consciously, I think we still had within the fabric of our minds, the same goalpost. And that is just truly international impact,” Momo jumps in. “I don’t want to say acclaim – I mean impact. As we’ve gotten older, the goalposts have become more refined and like defined. But it’s still just impacting as many people as possible with the pureness and trueness of our writing and expression.” She halts, then adds with a grin. “Whatever else comes from that, you know, like the Grammys, and the accolades and stuff like that, that will also be very exciting as well. But I think that for us, the biggest thing is just taking it all the way around the world, like truly millions, hundreds of millions of people just impacted and forever changed by the lyrics that we have to say and share.”

It looks like they’re on the right track to achieve exactly that, with multiple performances slated later this year across the globe. The group also tells me that they’re working on new music, which is very exciting. “It doesn’t mean it’s coming soon,” Abraham is quick to temper expectations. “The creative process is the creative process, but we’re excited to see where it goes.”

If you want to get a taste of Infinity Song’s essential music, have a listen to their playlist below: