There’s a sense of menace to the rolling drums, dirty bass leads, and careening guitars that comprise the first minute of “Runner” from Brooklyn’s BOYTOY that make it seem as if we’re in store for a punishing metal excursion. But once the vocals from Saara Untracht Oakner arrive, it coalesces into a pop song smuggled into the city hidden inside of a towering Trojan bass amp. The group, which also includes Glenn Van Dyke and Matthew Gregory, will release their debut self-titled EP in May, with a performance at Baby’s All Right on the 23rd.
“Runner” was one of the earlier songs we made as BOYTOY, after the breakup of her previous band You Can Be A Wesley, and Van Dyke’s <3 Beast Make Bomb. ” I remember playing it in a rented out room in the Sweatshop practice space before I even moved to New York,” Untracht Oakner (whose hip hop project Lil Reignbo we profiled a while back as well). “It’s hard for me to remember exactly what it’s about. Sometimes my lyrics are more about a feeling than a specific thing and that feeling is sometimes fleeting. I think I got high and was contemplating what I was doing with my life. Doing the same things that I’ve always been doing but having the changes in between. Floating through music and lovers and places but ultimately always being and wanting the same thing.”
Photo by Jesse Untracht Oakner