Hello! I’m a musician and songwriter, and an occasional visual artist, writer, and podcaster from Boston, Massachusetts.
Folk, pop | 2016-Present
My current project dips back into traditional acoustic music, bringing my work with samplers and synths to bear on folk influenced by radical politics and occult imagery. The band consists of myself and anywhere from 1-4 friends playing drums, accordion, upright bass, viola, etc. We are currently recording our debut LP at Pink Noise Studios in Somerville, Mass.
2016 – Young Familiar – Names of the Hare digital single (Self-Released)
2017 – Young Familiar – Whelped the Runts digital collection (Self-Released)
2017 – Young Familiar – Bruxeria digital collection (Self-Released)
Bent Shapes (formerly Girlfriends)
Pop, punk, garage | 2009-2017
Starting as Girlfriends, Bent Shapes was a 3-turned-4-piece garage pop and punk group I formed with my friend Andy Sadoway that released dozens of singles, EPs, and albums on DIY and indie labels including Father/Daughter Records and Slumberland Records, toured the US with artists like Weed Hounds, Colleen Green, and John Vanderslice, and opened for artists as diverse as Ted Leo, Fucked Up, The Bats, and many more. Our music was featured on web shorts, the TV show Difficult People, and in the movie Awful Nice, starring Christopher Meloni.
2009 – Girlfriends – Girlfriends (Cake Time)
2010 – Girlfriends – Good to Be True (single) (Self-Released)
2010 – Girlfriends – Gov’t Seizure 7″ (Aurora Seven Records)
2011 – Girlfriends – Cave Kids 7″ (Black Bell Records)
2012 – Girlfriends – Cull Shorts collection (Cake Time)
2012 – Bent Shapes – Boys to Men 7″ (Self-Released)
2013 – Bent Shaes – Feels Weird (Father/Daughter Records)
2014 – Bent Shapes – 86’d in ’03 7″ (PIAPTK Records)
2016 – Bent Shapes – Wolves of Want (Slumberland Records)
Christians & Lions
Folk, pop | 2006-Present
Christians & Lions was a folk band officially started by my brother, Sam Potrykus (of the bands -1 and the Needy Visions, founder of BRAIN Arts and the Boston Hassle), and I in 2006. A single bearing the C&L name was released prior to this, and featured a later member of the band, Matt Sisto, but it wasn’t until two years later that our debut LP arrived on ECA Records. The band featured Sam and I’s sister, Kate (now of Dear Creek), along with many, many friends who formed a collective of sorts playing trumpet, electric guitar, upright bass, organ, flute, banjo, and more. Members went on to join Kingsley Flood, Beware the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion, Babydriver, and other prominent New England bands. C&L played shows with Blitzen Trapper, John Vandervelde, Mischief Brew, and Leftover Crack while criss-crossing the US on DIY tours.
2006 – Christians & Lions – More Songs for Dreamsleepers & The Very Awake (Acoustic + Full-Band)
2007 – Christians & Lions – Gimme Diction (single) (ECA Records)
2009 – Christians & Lions – Bird’s Milk EP (Floating Garbage Continent)
From 2004-2012 I released music or played shows with several group projects and as a solo performer. These included Sharp Teeth and The Lido Venice, touring bands playing folk-punk and post-punk, respectively, that went on DIY tours of the US, and projects like Baixa, Toyota Ford, and Pale Yellow, which were solo excursions that played a few shows here and there with acts like Noun (Marissa Paternoster of Screaming Females), DMBQ, and more.
Prior to 2004, I sang briefly for the emo and post-hardcore group The Receiving End of Sirens. We had a tight-knit, but widespread group of listeners around New England who were extremely supportive, and caught the attention of a major label as a result. I left the band before we toured beyond the Northeast, or got a proper release out, but due to the high profile they maintained with their acclaimed LPs and constant touring after my departure, there’s still occasional interest in my early involvement.
2003 (officially released in 2012) – The Receiving End of Sirens – Songs // 2003 (Photo Finish Records)
2004 – The Lido Venice – Songs Written Around a Campfire in the Belly of a Whale (ECA Records)
2005 – Sharp Teeth – S/T (Tour Demo, Self-Released)
2008 – Baixa – Dirty Flow From the Hyper-Extended Hustle Muscle (Asteroid M Project / Floating Garbage Continent)
Since graduating with a BFA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College in 2007, I’ve written humor pieces and music reviews for various arts and culture publications, and also volunteered to copyedit Spare Change News and The Boston Counter Cultural Compass. Below are some pieces from various outlets.
2012 – I Got Stalked and It Was a Total Bummer (VICE)
2014 – Meta-Modern Headlines (McSweeney’s Internet Tendency)
2014 – Nonexistent Showcases That May be Invoked to Convince Friends That You Played SXSW (The Tardy Eagle)
2014 – Barefoot in the Annuals (poetry, The Somerville Times)
2018 – Interview with musician Autumn Ehinger of Moon Racer, Love Language (Boston Hassle)
I draw, sometimes make prints, and create fabric art, though none of it as often as I’d like to. I’ve made some zines (Cake Time), copies of which live at the Papercut Zine Library in Somerville, Mass. I’ve also been in a couple art shows:
2017 – Queef: A Novel at Hygienic Art in New London, Conn.
2012 – Me and My Friends Make Art II at Washington Street Art Center in Somerville, Mass.
2009 – Draw Drawings Every Day at Washington Street Art Center in Somerville, Mass.
Most recently, I was interviewed about my support for a new all-ages practice/performance space and restaurant that is hopefully opening up in Boston soon for The Dig.
I was a CTRI Innovations Resident for July 22, 2018, and shared some excellent coffee and conversation with Jacob Berendes (Mothers News, Rhododendron Festival, etc etc).
Before that, Nina Corcoran interviewed Andy and I about Bent Shapes ending, also for The Dig.
Jerard Fagerberg wrote a really in-depth longform piece on my work for Impose Magazine a while ago. I’m still awestruck and very thankful for the opportunity to talk about my music at such length.
I appeared on Episode 3 of This Has Been A Disaster, Thanks for Having Us, which was a really fun podcast run by author and musician Ryan Walsh and author Steve Almond years ago. It was a blast.