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A brief chat with toyGuitar


toyGuitar plays the Fat Tour alongside many of their Fat Wreck Chords label-mates at the Fillmore on August 20, so we chatted with Jack Dalrymple (who also happens to play with the Swingin’ Utters, among many other bands).t

Yellow Scene: When did the band tour, and what was the mission?

Jack Dalrymple: We’ve been active since about 2012. I’ve had so many songs. I’m playing with Spike and Re-Volts, and I had songs from there. I just have so many, and I needed an outlet. This is before I was writing a lot of those Swingin’ Utters records. I was really careful not to mess that band up too much with my dumb songs.

YS: How do you balance all of your bands?

JD: Yeah, I’m in hot water all the time. I balance it barely. It’s hard for me to do the big tours that they do. The Swingin’ Utters are all of a sudden a monster touring band, after not touring for so long. They’re on tour all the time, and I can’t do all of those. It’s manageable. They let me do the ones that I can do. I’m not going to get time off work, and being away from the wife and kid is a juggle. There’s so much stuff going on. I’m keeping it together, barely. I don’t know what I’m gonna do. It’s so brutal when I say to my wife that I’m with another band.

YS: Do you like playing Colorado?

JD: I haven’t been there in a little bit, but I’ve historically liked a lot of the shows in Colorado. Super-fun shows. I remember Denver being really awesome. We’ve had a couple of good shows at the Bluebird.

YS: What can we expect from the toyGuitar set on this tour?

JD: Lots of sloppiness, and that’s pretty much it. I feel like, in the grand scheme of things, toyGuitar is a weird sounding band on Fat Wreck, given the canon that’s over there. I just hope people are into it. It’s not so fast and punk like a lot of the Fat stuff is, but I hope people like it. It’s definitely going to be different for sure. I think I’m doing two sets a night. This time, there’s a break between the bands, another band or two between toyGuitar and Swingin’ Utters. I’m doing double-duty, but there’s enough room where I can catch my breath for a sec.

YS: What’s next for toyGuitar after this tour?

JD: After that, I know there’s a small run in September. We’re playing Awesome Fest with a bunch of bands. I’m the worst guy to ask these questions – I never know s*#t. There’s a Japan tour coming up in October/November. I’m going to be insanely busy, and insanely in trouble. Just trying to keep it afloat.

toyGuitar plays with NOFX, the Flatliners, Strung Out, Masked Intruder, Bad Cop/Bad Cop, Lagwagon, and Swingin’ Utters on the Fat Tour at 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 20 at the Fillmore; 1510 Clarkson St., Denver; 303-837-0360; $42-$45.


Brett Calwood
Brett Callwood is an English journalist, copy writer, editor and author, currently living and working in Los Angeles. He is the music editor with the LA Weekly. He was previously a reporter at the Longmont Times-Call and Daily Camera, the music editor at the Detroit Metro Times and editor-in-chief at Yellow Scene magazine. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brett_Callwood

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