Photo Credit: Jen Squires
Toronto’s Tom Boy is made up of members from CAIRO, Nate Daniels and Dante Berardi Jr. who teamed up with producer Crispin Day (July Talk, Shad). They wrote songs that mirrored their train-wreck past including drugs, mental illness, booze, affairs, and all!
Check out the video for their single, “How to Become a Drug Dealer” below, and find out more about Tom Boy in our Five Questions With segment.
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
We are an east coast and a west coast kid who came together in Toronto to make smack-talking synth pop.
Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.
It is manic. Bipolar. Strange. There is literally no “plan.” We find a melody we like, or a skeleton of a song we like, or a sample and just build around it until we have stressed ourselves out enough to not care what it sounds like anymore. Then we hop in the studio with our producer Crispin Day and he helps us make magic.
Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?
We are taking some time in the winter to get a few new songs up to where we want them after releasing a single called “How to Become a Drug Dealer” in October. We will be playing some shows in Ontario in Jan/Feb (TBA) Our live show is a cheeky, bombastic mess. People seem to like watching us lose ourselves on stage, and honestly, it’s fun for us too.
If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?
“Low Rider” which will be released in the spring. It feels like being a little high or drunk and bike riding through Toronto with the street lamps lighting everything on one of those perfect summer nights and then cutting through a park and bumping into friends and then going to a dive bar and waking up late the next day and getting brunch with your lover.
Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?
We’re listening to Coltor Wall a lot right now. Getting to see him this month as well. We’ve also been enjoying a band called Raveen from Montreal, a band called Vypers from Toronto and Andy Shauf’s new project Foxwarren
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.