February 8, 2017

7": Boytoy - Putty

Boytoy takes on stadium-sized rock with their new 7".

Due to relentless touring, Brooklyn’s Boytoy barely released any music in 2016. They've fortunately remedied that by kicking off 2017 with a new 7" titled Putty. Each side is a growling throwback experience, a reclamation of the stereotypical male rock-stardom from the 1970's. Members Saara Untracht-Oakner and Glenn Van Dyke, with addition of new drummer Chase Noelle, are some of the hardest working musicians around, yet their tunes remain effortless and straightforward. Side A’s “Want” is everyone’s wish list, with both material and relationship goals; a van, a dog, and a love so good it drives you up the walls. Untracht-Oakner makes these demands while she breezily sings over deep bass lines and toe-tapping cymbal crashes. We all want more for ourselves these days, especially as rights and opportunities seem to be hacked away by an uncaring government. Untracht-Oakner succinctly puts into words our desperate feelings of “I wanna fight...I wanna cuss everybody out if they’ve been messing with me.” Crushing student loan, lack of healthcare, thankless jobs, and fear of failure slip away in this daydream of a song where she lists out a successful future, completely confident that it will happen for her. Listen to this song before a job interview or asking someone out, and let her brashness transfer to you through the airwaves.

“Burning in Orange” graces side B and brings to mind the fictional Stillwater from Almost Famous and their hit “Fever Dog.” It's heavy, guitar-fueled rock, meant to be performed with exaggerated ego on a massive stage in front of adoring fans. It’s pure rock and roll id on the surface, urging you to join the sweaty crowd to put your fist in the air and throw your hair around. You'll find yourself singing “it’s nice to know you” in an imaginary sold out stadium full of your closest friends. The sinister message of “no one is safe here, no one is alone,” floats below the surface and haunts you in the same way opening Twitter to see the latest onslaught of bullshit from the government does, until you're reminded of the solidarity in protest. We might be in danger, but at least we have each other.


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Kat Harding is a music publicist living in Nashville, TN, with her loud kitty cat Goose. She often cries when excited at shows and can be found on twitter at @iwearaviators.