Premiere DateSep 7, 2015
Categories Media Music
00:00 Introducing Tomboy
02:08 Tomboy Anthem Tomboy
03:40 Emma Tomboy
06:18 Sweetie Tomboy
09:32 Bethany Tomboy
10:56 Mic Break
11:06 Interview with Madeline Burrows
28:18 Mic Break
29:41 Can't Stand You Tomboy
30:55 I'm In The Fucking Band Tomboy
32:50 Blue Tomboy
35:37 Anthem Tomboy
37:09 Emma Tomboy
39:47 Sweetie Tomboy
43:01 Bethany Tomboy
44:24 Finish

Hello and welcome to Discovery Corner on BTR! We’re going back to Boston, Massachusetts to check out the badass band with a message, Tomboy.

Photo courtesy of Madeline Burrows

While it’s always great to hear people who can play the hell out of their instruments, virtuosity should never eclipse the heart of a good song. By heart, I mean poeticism; by poeticism, I mean the resolve and feeling behind the words. Lyricism is only as powerful as the conviction from which a line can spring.

Then a band like Tomboy rolls around and blows the fucking walls off of expectations and any kind of timidity. Precision and clarity are eschewed for a fulminant acidity that’s punk yet stylized with razor sharp commentary. With their debut album Sweetie, these four girls make more noise than a raucous self-detonating bomb. But it’s a bomb with intent.

When Ali Donohue, Hanna Negami, Meghan Hynes, and Burrows all sat down together for the very first time back in 2012, they were all fairly new to playing live and collaborating. The little experience they did have, they soon found out, was soured by an industry saturated with sexism.

The common thread began to form a knot, which soon wrapped itself around the very concept of the band. Before long it was entwined into the first songs.

But enough words, check out the tunes for yourself!

And don’t forget to check out the Discovery Artist feature on Tomboy!


Zach Schepis worked at BTR from 2013-2017 as an intern, staff writer, podcast producer, and Editor-in-Chief for BTRread.