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BOYTOY

Brooklyn band BOYTOY released two singles on January 13th, “Want” and “Burning in Orange”. We talked to one of the bands guitarists, Glenn Van Dyke, about BOYTOY's history, current tour, and new music.

SHUT UP AND LISTEN:

How did you all meet? 

 

GLENN:

Saara and I met almost 6 years ago when we were in other bands. I was in a band from Nyc called Beast Make Bomb and Saara was in a band from Boston called You Can Be A Wesley. We toured together and then when our other bands went in different directions we started playing together. Chase came on the scene this past June when she played a show in Brooklyn with her old band Thelma and The Sleaze. She really liked the way New York smells like hot trash in the summer, so she stuck around and we showed her a sweaty time. We all crammed into non-airconditioned little studio I rent out in Brooklyn Navy Yard and recorded 3 new songs. Then we started writing more and everything clicked, so fast-forward to right now with us all sitting in a car, driving to El Paso, with Mexico directly to our left, Sizzla blasting on Chaser's lil bluetooth speaker (our FM transmitter is broken and only plays the left side of stereo tracks) and we're all in love.

 

SHUT UP AND LISTEN:

What other bands have you been in and how does BOYTOY compare to them?

GLENN:

Boytoy is a blend of our individual contributions to our past endeavors. Thats just how it goes I guess. We've got pop, fuzz, groove. It's always hard to draw the comparisons on ourselves because while we like to be deliberate we don't like to pin point to a degree of pigeon holing because then we'll just overthink everything. 

 

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Who writes the lyrics and what inspires them?

 

GLENN:

Saara and I so far have written most of the lyrics. There are two songs on "Grackle" that our old drummer wrote with his former bandmate, but other than that it's been us. We touch on everything: love, heartbreak, traveling, feelings, experiences, thoughts- I like narrative song writing too. Songs about characters inspired by real life creatures that are then expanded. I think for us it's a way to get stuff out, but we also like throwing in some goofy light hearted lines.

 

 

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What have you been listening to on the road during tour? 

 

GLENN:

Dang, we really stretch the gamut. 38 Special, King Tubby, Cosmonauts, African Nugget compilation, Witch, Styx, Fleetwood Mac, Thin Lizzy, there was a moment of Nickelback where we then had the realization that they're really just Nirvana, but since there can only be one Nirvana, everyone hates them. Their songs are good enough though that when we put them on, we all knew at least the choruses. Hahaha, it sent us down a chain of early 2000 Nirvana spin offs. Spotify really makes it easy to fall down these rabbit holes. This American Life is also a crowd favorite. There's another podcast I feel compelled to shout out, even though I haven't formally introduced the rest of the car to it, (we're gonna get to it tomorrow) it's called Belinda Blinked. It's a British guy and his funny friends reading aloud an erotic novel his dad wrote. The novel is completely stock, cheesey male sex fantasy with a funny feminist twist and the crew reading it aloud tear it apart. 

 

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What bands have you played with during this tour?

 

GLENN:

We've been playing with some rad bands this tour!!

Roya (NYC), Winstons (NYC), Gods (NJ), Weekender (Philly), Drag Sounds (NC), Broke Jokes (NC), Jaggermouth (NC), Wise River (FL), Steven Marshek Group (FL), Veiny Hands (FL), Plastic Pinks (FL), Lenny Zenith (BK), Gools (NOLA), Go Fever (ATX), Honeyrude (ATX), Sadgirl (LA), Walter (LA), ANMLPLNET (BK) we haven't met the band for tonight in El Paso, nor have we met the band's for Tucson yet so it's an incomplete list.

 

SHUT UP AND LISTEN:

What is your new album going to be like? 

 

GLENN:

Groovy. We're adding more bass since it makes the people shake it and we're into butts.

BOYTOY's "Postal" music video