“I want them to move uncontrollably,” said Saara Untracht-Oakner, one of BOYTOY’s founding members and its ostensible front woman. And when the band took the stage in the dim backroom of Raindogs, the crowd, as a collective entity, began tapping its foot, nodding its head, and moving its hips to the music — it couldn’t help it. It was entrancing.
The rest of the band consists of Chase Noelle on drums, Lina Simon on bass and guitar, and Glenn Van Dyke on bass and guitar.
Noelle said she wants the music to make audiences “horny horny horny” (mission accomplished). While Van Dyke, the band’s other founding member and Jacksonville native, wants people to feel, “…whatever they’re looking for.”
If what you’re looking for are songs about love, hate, heartache, something to turn you on, or something to move to, BOYTOY is here to provide.
Songs from BOYTOY’s most recent release, a seven-inch titled Putty, quickly became their most-played tracks on their Spotify. The EP is part of a series of releases the band hopes to do of conceptual short albums “that sound like the name,” Untracht-Oakner said. And “putty” is an apt description for the slow, liquidy tones of the record’s two songs: “Want” and “Burning in Orange.”
After their Jacksonville show in January, the group shut themselves in a California studio for two weeks to record their next full-length album.
“[It’s] definitely going to be groovier, it’s gonna have base, it’s gonna have more production on it as far as instrumentation,” Untracht-Oakner said, which differs somewhat from the more rock-and-roll and more punk influences heard on their previous albums.
The four members of BOYTOY sat down with Perversion at BREW in Five Points for an hour and a half and talked life after death, life on tour, and life in a “girl band” (but you should know better than to call them that). Here are some of the highlights:
On trying to find white boots on tour
SUO: We went to Europe, and the whole time I was looking for white boots. We came to this joke, we had an Italian driver and it was like stivali bianchi, everywhere we went we wanted white boots —
GVD: Stivali bianchi is white boots in Italian.
SUO: Yeah, so we’re at this farmhouse in the Netherlands, and Simone our driver makes some joke about the white boots and so we’re all laughing, and then our host walks in and I was explaining to her why we were laughing — you know not to be rude and to explain the joke. So I was like, “Yeah, I’ve been looking for these white boots this whole tour,” and she was like, “Oh really?” You know, this nice like Dutch woman was like “Really?” And I was like “Yeah,” and she said, “I have two bags full of white boots in the other room.” And I was like, “No. No you don’t. You’re kidding.” And she was like “No really, I was going to sell them at the market. What size are you?” “I’m a 40.” She’s like, “They’re all size 40.” No way, no fucking way! Lo and behold she has two bags of white boots in my size. They weren’t exactly the pair that I was looking for, but they’re sick, they’re pointy, and they got a Tim’s kind of top on them.
On doing nose clams with a bar owner with a micropenis in Lexington, KY
GVD: We played in Lexington, Kentucky. And the owner of the bar was trying to get us to go into the back room to “take a shot” with him. And we were like “Okay, we’ll go to the back and ‘do a shot’ with you.’” So we go in and—I was like, “Saara, let’s go do this thing.” I just really needed a buddy.
CN: Buddy system on tour.
GVD: So we were in the back room, and he was ‘cutting these nose clams to eat’ and he was like, “You know what we should all just do? We should all just take our shirts off!” And we were like, “We’re not gonna do that.” So he said, “I’ll just take my shirt off.” And we were like “okay.” And this dude is big. And like a hairy, big boy. Such a weirdo in the best way. So then he has his shirt off, and he says “Look at my titties. You know what we should do? We should all get naked.” And we were like, “No, we’re not going to do that.” And he said “Okay, I’ll get naked.” So he takes off all his clothes.
CN: So jovial and not predatory, just very sincere—wanted to hang out and get naked.
GVD: And he kept saying how excited he was to go home and have sex with his girlfriend. We talked for a long time…
CN: I walked in and saw the first micropenis of my life.
GVD: And then we got him to tuck it and do the mangina thing. And then the next day.. He’s like the sweetest guy, like I would hang out with him in a heartbeat, and he —
CN: He like literally, legit had a micropenis.
GVD: He then just texted me the next day and was like “oh my God I’m so sorry, I have to buy you breakfast. [The group could not meet him for breakfast because they had to leave to make their next tour stop, but say they would have stayed.]
SUO: And he was wearing 3D glasses the whole time.
On being in a band with all girls
GVD: People come up to me and say “Hey, you’re pretty good for a girl.”
CN: That’s the worst! “You’re my favorite GIRL drummer.” FUCK YOU. Like what the fuck does that have to do with this? That would make sense if I played with that, but like fuck you dude!
SUO: It’s also funny…
CN: It’s like when you get your periods, it’s CRAZY. It’s crazy with the bleeding. It’s a bloodbath.
SUO: What’s it like, I don’t know — do you ask guys in their bands “what’s it like being in an all guy band?”
CN: Because you guys have penises, so what’s that do?
SUO: I think that should be a question that people ask. What’s it like being in a band with all guys? I mean maybe it would be if the dynamic changed from like—but I know plenty of guy bands who want to tour with girl bands because they want that female energy around because it gets too fucking macho and smelly.
On what happens when we die
GVD: I believe in a reincarnation of sorts. I think that there are people who have lived before and there are people that are new and there are energies and spirits that exist.
SUO: I don’t necessarily think that it’s a consciousness that’s passed on, but maybe an energy. I think that sort of— you’re not aware of it, or that you can’t ever be aware of it. I, for like a really long time and kind of still do, believe that when we die, it’s like lights out. It’s like before you’re born. No stuff exists.
CN: It’s almost comforting to me.
GVD: Yeah, I don’t think it’s like you go somewhere.
CN: You’re not still you.
SUO: I mean I believe in supernatural spirits and stuff, but that could be the leftover energy that’s still kind of floating around. Like we create wavelengths and I think those wavelengths still travel throughout the world after.
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