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name of the band:

Tomboy

members:

Ali, Hanna, Madeline

age:

22, 23, 24

band started:

July 2012

where are you from:

Boston/Northampton, Massachusetts

instruments you use:

2 guitars & a drumkit

style of music:

sassy, in-your-face feminist punk

band herstory:

We had all been in bands before where we were the only women in the band and wanted to form an all-female band. Hanna and Madeline met through Madeline’s then-boyfriend at a party in January 2012 in Boston. We hit it off and pledged to form a band called Tomboy in the sometime-future, took a bunch of photobooth pictures, and wrote ”Tomboy” in orange lipstick on (willing) party boys’ foreheads. The boyfriend turned out to be a butthole, but Hanna and Madeline finally played music together that summer, wrote a song (PML (Pretty Much a Loser)) about the guy, and Ali joined the band. Ali and Hanna knew each other through Support Boston, an accountability & support group for those affected by sexual assault, and the three of us booked a show for that August. All of a sudden we had this deadline, so we ended up writing our first 5 songs and playing them a few weeks later for the first time. We were still learning some of the songs on the spot. Madeline had lyrics taped all over her drum set. We really dared ourselves to just put ourselves out there and do it, and it stuck, and kept going from there.

what’s your message?

PYOT (put yourself out there) + YOLO

do you play shows and how do they look like?

We love playing DIY all-ages spaces and are lucky enough to have played two different Ladyfests. We also got to play CLIT Fest Chicago this past August which was a real treat. We enjoy playing all-ages shows that are intentionally inclusive.

what was the craziest show you’ve ever played?

We played a show at Wesleyan University last April that was organized by students in response to the big-budget ”Spring Fling” on-campus music festival which had zero female-identified performers on the line-up. As a response to the fest, feminist students organized the show we played with an all-female line-up. The show was in a tiny apartment and the energy of the crowd was intense and awesome--It was the first show we’d played where we really felt like we were doing more than just playing music. It felt like we were tapping into a rage against sexism that had been brewing under the surface for a long time, and people were going nuts dancing and singing along. We went straight from the end of our set into a dance party to Robyn’s ”Dancing On My Own”. It’s always way more fun to play when the audience is really physically engaged and having a great time, because you can feed off that energy and really go all out.

what was the worst and why?

We played a show last fall in Boston to a crowd that was like the total opposite of the crowd at Wesleyan--totally not engaged and arms-folded the whole time. Way less fun!

what are your future plans?

Currently recording our debut EP !!!

are you going for the big deal or are you more the d.i.y. type?

We are very hands-on & DIY

your 3 favorite bands:

Hanna: Parasol
Ali: Potty Mouth
Madeline: Margy Pepper

your 3 favorite colors:

H: Hot pink (like on a radish)
A: Split-pea green
M: the Crayola marker color ”Bittersweet"

your 3 favorite dishes:

H: Cranberry upside-down cake
A: Pizza
M: Samosas

your 3 favorite movies:

H: Daisies (Sedmikrasky)
A: Heathers
M: The Princess Bride

your 3 favorite books:

H: Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor
A: Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion
M: A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn

your 3 favorite records:

H: Tiger Trap’s self-titled LP
A: Last Splash by the Breeders
M: Any Other City by Life Without Buildings

your 3 favorite venues:

Cambridge Elks Lodge
Lorem Ipsum-- a used bookstore/community space (when they still had shows)
We love playing intimate, all-ages, sweaty spaces

your 3 favorite hobbies:

Playing music!! x3

your favorite joke:

”A bear walks into a bar. He sits down and says to the bartender, I’ll have a gin......................................and tonic.’ The bartender asks,” What’s up with the big pause?”
and the bear says, ”What, these? [holding up his paws] I’ve had ’em all my life!’ ;)

your 3 favorite animals:

H: My friend’s Icelandic cat Pjakkr
A: Cats!
M: Cats!

3 things you totally need on stage:

Positive attitude, Power supply, Power persona

3 wishes:

To play a show with Skinny Girl Diet, play places we’ve never visited before and make new friends with like-minded folks across the world, and live in a world free of oppression and where artists don’t have to work shitty part-time jobs to do what we love.

what do you fight?

Bros

what’s your best song eva and why?:

Our songs grow and change as we do. We just recorded our newest crew of songs and are really excited about our new EP. Keep your eyes/ears peeled!

mp3:

Tomboy-I'm In the Fucking Band on megapeng
"I’m in the Fucking Band" This song is about our experiences being second-guessed or feeling like we have to prove ourselves as musicians because of our gender-- People assuming when we show up to a venue that we’re someone’s girlfriend (rather than musicians ourselves), men thinking that they can grab our hair or touch us without asking, people treating an all-female band as a gimmick. ”I’m in the Fucking Band” is about saying fuck you to the idea that we should just ”get used to” sexism. Its about asserting that women have a right to be onstage, we have the right to be angry, and we can do something to challenge the way things are.

final words, wishes:

websites:

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