One of Austin, TX's newest bands, Booher is the music project of former frontman of Zykos, Michael Booher. The band has traded in the early 2000s emo rock of Cursive for the Americana style and raspy voice of Bright Eyes. Funny Tears was produced by Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Heartless Bastards) and mastered by Alex Lyon at The Bubble. It finds the band mixing rambling country rock and jangly pop into a full-sounding stew on tracks like "Autographin' Bibles" and "Tuxedo Park." It's worth noting that the production is rock solid, making the band sound brighter and sharper than expected from Booher's first proper entries. The highlight is "Shuffled," a track that beams with exuberance and joy, traits that weave through all of Booher's songs.
The album features a hit squad of some of Austin's (and beyond) finest musicians including Cully Symington (Cursive, Afghan Whigs) on drums, Will Sheff (Okkervil River) on vocals, Michael Kingcaid (What Made Milwaukee Famous) on vocals, Matt Roth on bass, Dough Walseth on guitar & pedal steel, Ben Lance (Broken Gold, A. Sinclair) on guitar, Mike St. Clair (White Denim, Polyphonic Spree) on horns, synth and strings, Ben Houtman (The Gloria Record) on keyboards, marimba and organ, Adoniram Lipton (Slowtrain) on keyboards, organ and piano, Brendan Bond (A. Sinclair, Matthew Logan Vasquez) on vocals, and Aaron Sinclair (A. Sinclair) on vocals.