Tomboy: Sweetie 12"

Ride the Snake Records


KILLER debut 12" from this new band from Boston featuring members of Fleabite and others. I'm tempted to say that this is some real riot grrrl throwback stuff, but it doesn't feel retro in the slightest. It's just that Tomboy are tough, catchy, memorable, and heavy in the same way that bands like Bikini Kill or Bratmobile were. One of the frustrations I've had with the punk scene of the past few years is that so many bands seem to have such a narrow frame of reference, not only in the range of bands that have influenced them musically, but also in who they seem to be playing for... it seems like many bands are content just to play to small audiences of people who they already know will like what they're doing. Tomboy are a throwback to when punk set its sights higher... when it was possible to write a catchy, upbeat punk song without either fitting some kind of well-established "pop-punk" template or completely abandoning your punk values and aesthetic. When punk was an attitude rather than a set of rules. Basically, this is great music that reminds me of being a kid and discovering Jawbreaker, Bikini Kill, Nirvana, and so many others and feeling like somehow they're all part of the same thing. If you dug that excellent Dark Times 12" out of Norway, this is another one that you should definitely add to your "to buy" list.

Tags: boston female-fronted pop punk