Boyish is an indie rock duo that goes beyond what it means to be musicians in an industry that isn’t always about embracing individuality.
Formed by India Shore and Claire Altendahl in 2016, the two met while attending Berklee College of Music. Shore needed a guitarist for an audition tape and Altendahl volunteered for the opportunity, allowing them both to realize their musical compatibility.
They started making music under the name The Blue, when they wrote and produced their first project Eyelet in 2018. the new yorker described their first collaboration as “staring uncertainty straight in the eye in songs that are confident in their musicality even as they tackle themes of angst and doubt”. The album was even nominated for Alt-Country Album of the Year at the Independent Music Awards.
Both graduated in 2019 and have not been shy about moving into adulthood. As a result, the duo changed their name to Boyish. Soon they will release their second album garden spider the following year, which Atwood magazine said was “an immersive ten-track indulgence of introspection and inner angst channeled through a colorful and raw indie-rock lens”.
Their second hit earned over 4 million streams, with their title track “F— YOU HEATHER” appearing on Spotify’s editorial playlists such as Fresh Finds of 2020 and Undercurrents.
The duo then released another EP titled We are all going to die, but here is my contribution in 2021. The project has been streamed over 2 million times and has received high praise from major music publications like Nylon, NPR and To monitor.
Due to the depth and thoughtfulness of their work as queer musicians, Boyish received the LGBTQ+ Emerging Artist Award presented by the Music Forward Foundation. They also became the first band to join the Bandsintown Big Break class of 2021.
Following these accomplishments, the group was able to open for artists such as Spill Tab, Ella Jane and Gully Boys across the country. They also played two shows for Hippo Campus and performed at this year’s South by Southwest festival. Boyish has played alongside bands MUNA, Japanese Breakfast and Claud.
This year, Boyish released two singles, “Smithereens” and “Congratulations”, from their forthcoming EP. My friend Micha. Both singles have already been noticed again by Spotify, adding them to playlists such as “New Music Friday”, “Lorem” and “All New Indie”, and have been featured in Billboard, under the radar and alternative press.
The EP is due out next month as the duo prepare to hit the road as direct support for Remo-Drive’s summer tour. Boyish will also make an appearance at Seattle’s Capitol Hill Block Party.
Yet, more importantly, the band releases another new song from my friend mica this Friday called, “I think I hate it here.” The single was made with the help of Grammy Award-winning mastering engineer John Greenham and mixer Brandon Shoop. Both have worked for artists such as Billie Eilish, girl in red and GAYLE.
Boyish seem to have accomplished so much already for a band that’s only been on the scene for four years, but they continue to go above and beyond in their musical craftsmanship and all-around abilities to touch the hearts of new listeners. If you desperately need a band that isn’t afraid to push the envelope, this duo is the ultimate choice.