May 8, 2013

Tape: Tomboy - In the Fucking Band

Boston's Tomboy is in the fucking band.

Massachusetts is home to a lot of great bands, Tomboy included. While I've never been to a show in Boston, the trio (who all chime in vocals) make it sound like a lot of fun. In the beginning of this year, the band resurfaced to release a six song demo tape that's sometimes the epitome of garage rock, but other times simplistic pop perfection. This comes as no surprise as they've noted The Ramones, Beat Happening, Bratmobile, Shirelles, as musical influences. The tape is roughly a twelve minute listen; each song a short punk snippet that will leave you a) completely empowered and b) feeling like you need to start a band right now because they sound so damn cool. I felt the most empowered by "I'm in the Fucking Band," because it gave me flashbacks to Grimes' recent Tumblr post on gender inequality in the music industry. Disguised beneath a catchy melody, the group makes an earnest statement about how it is to be a woman in a band and receive half-assed compliments like "You sound good for a girl." The lyrics are so powerful and spot on that they nearly brought me to tears:

"You think your so damn cute
With your NSYNC 90's haircut
Ask me if I need help with the drums
So you can sit and play and show off
And you think its so damn cute
That I 'Go to see all his shows
Good girlfriend yeah yeah yeah'
Well I just want you to know
I'm in the fucking band
I'm not his fucking girlfriend"

Other tracks on here might not be as political but are just as good. Space-inspired "Far Out" jangled in a minimal Colleen-Green-esque fashion, "I Can See" took on a sweet twee tinge, and "Too Bad" embodied a sweaty basement song at its finest. My personal favorite "PML (Pretty Much Loser)" was good just on the premises that it has an acronym title (made me think of Bratmobile's P.R.D.C.T). Like PML, I too have been guilty of making up not-so-nice acronyms about dudes that have broken my heart. But even though this sass-charged song is about being hurt, Tomboy spins it off in the best way possible: "Boy, what you did was so cruel / but I'm in Tomboy now / and we're cooler than you."

STREAM IT:

Listen to Tomboy bandcamp.

Written by Diana Cirullo