Boyskout on U.S. Tour

Boyskout on U.S. Tour

Wednesday, 15 November 2006

Boyskout Offers U.S. Another Life, City By City.

The San Francisco based girl group Boyskout is currently on tour across the U.S. in support of its sophomore album Another Life. The critically-praised album has just hit record shelves and digital download sites like iTunes and the band’s rapidly growing momentum seems reflected by its packed shows beginning from the outset of the tour on the west coast.

Boyskout’s synth-laced post-punk pits the dark-tinted early-80s bounce of The Cure up against 90’s-era Wedding Present & Heavenly indie-pop fetishism. And, while its sophomore album Another Life was produced by of-the-now engineers David Schiffman (Nine Inch Nails, Johnny Cash, Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Donny Newenhouse (Film School, The Coachwhips) it sounds both timeless and futuristic, dark and danceable.

The group, led by singer/guitarist Leslie Satterfield first came to public attention with its acclaimed 2004 debut album School of Etiquette on Alive Records (Black Keys, Two Gallants.) That album, produced by Jeff Salzman (Stephen Malkumus, The Killers, Will Oldham) proved a standout of the year with its dark, yet catchy pop hooks. The album was met with considerable critical praise. “If some CBGB’s Frankenstein had managed, circa 1977, to transplant Patti Smith’s sensibility into Blondie’s garage-band pop,” writes Mark Jenkins of the Washington Post, “the result would have sounded something like Boyskout’s School of Etiquette.”

Listeners could catch hints of Wire, Gary Numan, the Dischord label and K Records in Boyskout’s songs. There’s even a Kraftwerk cover (“The Model”) that showcases a subtle dourness that works alongside the very mechanical and cold original. But, it’s the sense of detached emotion paired with nursery-rhyme hooks of Satterfield’s songs that gives Boyskout its infectious charm.

Born and raised in Georgia, Satterfield lived on a steady diet of The Beatles, Syd Barrett and Olivia Newton John. In fact, she was once punished for listening to her favorite Beatles song, “A Day in the Life” because her mother told her that she could only listen to the song once before going to bed and the break in the middle made her think Leslie had played it twice. Inspired by bands and musicians such as Syd Barrett and Cat Power, she bought her first guitar at age 20. Her best friends laughed at her for at least a year while she learned how to play that guitar. But her persistence eventually paid off.

Boyskout came to fruition in 2001 when Leslie was offered a show opening for her long time favorite act The Need. Never mind that Boyskout didn’t exist yet, or that she only had three weeks to prepare. She and band mates took the stage with a handful of songs, a bucket full of nerves and attitude to spare. Since then, Boyskout has shared the stage with artists like Tegan & Sara, Shonen Knife, The Gossip,The Rogers Sisters and Two Gallants.

Boyskout On Tour:
11/15 Hot Springs, AR – The Exchange
11/16 Knoxville, TN – The Pilot Light
11/17 Raleigh, NC – King’s
11/18 Durham, NC – Duke Coffee House
11/20 Baltimore, MD – Talking Head Club
11/21 Philadelphia, PA – The Manhattan Room
11/22 New York, NY – Sin-e
11/24 Brooklyn, NY – Supreme Trading
11/25 WFMU 91.1 Radio Show (2pm-6pm)
11/25 New Haven, CT – Rudy’s
11/26 Pittsburgh, PA – Garfield Artworks
11/28 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
11/29 Iowa City, IA – The Picador
11/30 Kansas City, MO – The Brick
12/01 Denver, CO – 15th St. Tavern
12/02 Reno, NV – The Green Room
12/03 San Francisco, CA – Element

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