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INTERVIEW: Tom Boy

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

HELLO!! THANK YOU!! We have been just dandy. A little bloated, but dandy.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Nothing To Lose”?

Yes I can. It rules doesn’t it? It is a very personal snapshot of struggling with something. Whatever that thing is.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Every event.

Every love, every loss, every time life has smacked us in the face and has made us feel small.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

We had nothing to do with the filming to be honest. Our amazing friend and director Ryan Faist (boy wonder) came up with the concept and we loved it instantly, which NEVER happens, we are bitchy and controlling.

He wanted to cast a great performer, and do a one shot video on actual film of the person struggling and having a sort of break down in the mirror. Nate and I have both been there, and we felt other people have as well, so it was an easy yes. We paid him, he created a beautiful piece of art to accompany our song.

Why naming the record after this song in particular?

Felt right. After our last band imploded Nate and I decided we had to put out the stockpile of music we had. As opposed to our last band where every decision was based around finding a label, or a booking agent or whatever with Tom Boy we said fuck it and made things we wanted to. Not to say we don’t want success, but we created things for ourselves this time.

How was the recording and writing process?

We had a bunch of these songs prior to the decision to record them. We linked up with our dear friend Crispin Day (July Talk, Shad) and recorded them in two batches at his studio Cabin Recording. The two batches were done in very different ways, the first was flushed out full band in a pre production space. The second batch was done by using demos and building them from the ground up in the studio with just Crispin, Nate and I.

Would you call this a departure from your previous musical work?

I would say it is a different shade of the same colour gradient scale. But like, one is on one end of the gradient and one is on the other. Different, but same.

What role does Toronto play in your music?

It doesn’t really. We live here, that’s it i guess. Other than that and having access to grants (thank you FACTOR) we don’t consider ourselves a Toronto band.

What aspect of love and vengeance did you get to explore on this record?

I think those are some of the themes on this album but there is much more. Being a train wreck, addiction, substance abuse, depression, finding joy in small moments, there is a lot floating around in there.

How did this record serve as a therapeutic session of sort for you guys?

This record was totally a cathartic release on a lot of levels. The death of our old band, failed relationships, our dealing with loss. Felt good.

Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

That is Nate’s territory, but memories, day-to-day experiences, frustration, and our love for self destruction all played a role.

Any plans to hit the road?

Not in Canada, that’s for sure. WAY too expensive. We will play the Golden Horseshoe and perhap Ottawa, Montreal, but other than that no thanks.

We have our eyes (and hearts) set on Europe for the fall of 2020.

What else is happening next in Tom Boy’s world?

I got a new dry weed vaporizer, which is pretty awesome. Nate and I are both currently unemployed, which is also pretty awesome. And Nate is fucking off to South East Asian early 2020, I’m going to miss him.

Watch the video for ‘Nothing to Lose’ now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4O762ghGhdA

Stream the EP: https://open.spotify.com/album/5gW42JgJhImjNx0yWk9COE?si=y2isC7pESnSTx0Ipnl7PeQ

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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