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Today Portland band foamboy shares their first new music of 2022 with the extremely meta new single, “Song About You.” The band has a few tour dates / festival appearances coming up, including their first appearance at SXSW – see full list of dates below. Stream the new single HERE via new label N.I.T.A. Records.
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Katy describes the song’s origins:
“‘Song About You’ is a very meta song. This guy kept bugging me about a song I had written about him in the past, so I wrote this song about that experience. I really like that it’s a sexy slow jam about a very uncomfortable situation! I’m worried that this dude will try to talk to me about ‘Song About You,’ which would be even more meta. Like how the reflection of a mirror goes on forever.”
foamboy are a Portland-based duo comprised of producer Wil Bakula and vocalist Katy Ohsiek. They met in Salem, OR and worked together for a number of years in the experimental musical collective Chromatic Colors. In this group, Wil and Katy collaborated with a wide variety of instrumentalists, released 2 full-length albums, and graced the stages of many outdoor festivals, bars, and basements. In the events of 2020, Wil and Katy took this time to take on a new project, and foamboy came to be.
foamboy’s 2021 debut album, My Sober Daydream, is a neat package of jazz-inspired danceable pop with a hyper-personal lyrical edge. Listeners will enjoy influences of disco and funk styles while being reminded of artists like The Internet, Men I Trust, and Thundercat. The lyrics wrangle with topics of identity, relationships, gender dynamics, and late-stage capitalism; the delivery of these lyrics akin to a conversation over the phone with your best friend. Katy’s melodies twist and float over Wil’s rich, synth-centric soundscapes.
Vocals – Katy Ohsiek (she/they)
Piano/Synth – Wil Bakula (he/him)
Drums – Greyfaen Eastland (he/him)
Guitar – Keenan Dorn (he/him)
Bass – Jarred Venti (he/him)
“No matter what twists and turns foamboy throw into each song, the album overall has a fluid feeling as synth movements build and blend, tied together by Ohsiek’s relatable, candid lyrics.” – Audiofemme
“progressive without pretension, avant garde with honesty.”
– Tuned Up
“This disco-meets-pastel-groove business meanders about topics concerning identity, relationships, gender dynamics, and late-stage capitalism … this duo has arranged the coolest-sounding closing argument on human nature in a mighty long time.”
3/3 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
3/13 – 3/18 Austin, TX – SXSW
4/28 Portland, OR – Lollipop Shoppe
5/5 Seattle, WA – Belltown Bloom
you say “it’s fine” well, is it really?
it doesn’t bother you but you’re bringing it up for the tenth time
do you wanna talk about it?
a conversation beyond “that song is about you” is overdue
yeah, f***ing hell, that song’s about you
what are you going to do?
am I bored or is this real?
if we get into it, well maybe all I want is a love note
say how long you were about it
just how many months were you trying to get with me and do
you still think I’m the girl of your dreams
unspoken s**t comes out in a group call
unfinished daydreams still in our heads
no ending, just a song about you
what are you going to do?