BOYTOY premiered a video for their single “Postal” via YouTube (and can be seen below). “Postal” is featured on the Brooklyn trio’s debut full-length album, Grackle, which arrived this month on PaperCup Music and are in the midst of a seven-week tour of North America (dates below).
BOYTOY emerged in 2014 with a ferocious live show, and a self-titled debut that’s been met with great positive reception. The band headed into the studio in Philadelphia this spring with producer Al Creedon (Eternal Summers/Bleeding Rainbow) to record, resulting in 11 tracks of no nonsense, rock n’ roll bangers, with three-part vocal harmonies, and melodic hooks galore.
BOYTOY was originally formed in 2013, by Saara Untracht-Oakner and Glenn Van Dyke, with both handling guitar/vocal duties. The two knew each other through touring via former bands, and shared a mutual love of both surfing and skating. They were joined on drums around the release of the BOYTOY EP, by drummer Matthew Gregory Aidala, whose laidback drumming style complemented the slash-and-burn guitar attacks of Saara and Glenn, infusing a different perspective into the songwriting process, and creating a truly collaborative band.
Grackle was chosen as the album’s name, first as a nod to SXSW, as the bird nearly out numbers music fans and industry during the annual Austin, Texas conference, and secondly based on the Mexican folklore of the bird, called Zanate in Spanish. Having no voice of its own, the grackle stole its seven distinct songs from the wise and knowing sea turtle. You can hear the Zanate’s vocals as the Seven Passions (Love, Hate, Fear, Courage, Joy, Sadness, and Anger) of life.
10/26 – El Paso, TX @ Low Brow Palace
10/27 – Tempe, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room
10/28 – Tucson, AZ @ Hotel Congress
10/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Record Parlour
10/31 – Oakland, CA @ Starline Social Club
11/01 – Los Angeles, CA @ Non Plus Ultra
11/02 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
11/04 – Portland, OR @ The Know
11/05 – Seattle, WA @ Lo-Fi
11/06 – Boise, ID @ The Olympic
11/08 – Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
11/09 – Omaha, NE @ O’Leavers
11/10 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
11/12 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
11/15 – Montreal, PQ @ L’Esco
11/16 – Albany, NY @ Low Beat
11/17 – Winooski, VT @ The Monkey House
11/18 – New Haven, CT @ Café Nine