with Kathleen Williams
Remember when you were 11 and you stayed up all night at a sleepover in an adrenaline frenzy, AIM-ing all of your crushes?
That’s the feeling New York City-based T-Rextasy inspires. Since playing their first show (not in a band member’s bedroom) at Brooklyn’s Silent Barn the night before senior prom, the “hyper-verbal rock & roll goddesses” (Rolling Stone) have acquired a dedicated following in the five boroughs and beyond. Their disciples range from queer middle schoolers who reveal the band is the reason they started to play music, to not-quite-21-year-old-punks who hop fences to get into their bar gigs, to nostalgic middle-aged dads.
An Olympic feat for born-and-raised city kids, the members learned to drive, bought a glamorous used minivan, and hit the road to tour their debut record, Jurassic Punk, on Father/Daughter Records and Miscreant Records. In 2017 alone, they played exactly 100 sets across the U.S. and Canada, refining their captivating live show and making stops at festivals like South by Southwest and Brooklyn’s Northside. Their live show is full of spectacular antics: neon ensembles, synchronized dancing, and audience participation that’s part performance-art-carnival, part rock gig. Committed to intersectional feminism, the group mobilizes their live act and social media platforms to raise awareness of issues, donates merchandise proceeds to organizations, and intentionally curates inclusive, safe shows.
The self-proclaimed Dashing Dino Dames, who “don’t sound anything like their peers,” (Stereogum) are currently gearing up to release their sophomore album, Prehysteria, recorded in New Paltz, NY at Salvation Recording Co. (Vagabon, Diet Cig) in December 2017.