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Jenny Hoyston


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From the moment Sonic Youth took Erase Errata under their wing as openers on a US tour, it was apparent that they were not just another riot grrrl group from the Pacific Northwest. As four women in a band whose music has been described as experimental, noisy yet danceable punk, they challenged stereotypes of what an all-female band from this region could sound like.
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On Erase Errata’s ‘Nightlife’ (2006), the political commentary on the Iraq war and criticism of the Bush administration in jams like “Tax Dollar” spotlighted Jenny Hoyston as a lyricist and activist. Equal parts Patti Smith and Robert Pollard, Jenny has a knack for quipping intelligent, spur-of-the-moment pop songs while staying politically outspoken. She is without a doubt a defining female artist of our time.

In the winter of 2006, Jenny teamed up with William Elliot Whitmore to explore her country roots on the duets EP ‘Hallways Of Always’. Like Whitmore, she too had been exposed to country music at an early age. And despite her upbringing in Texas, she managed to break free from the conservative bible-belt mentality of the Lone Star state (Austin notwithstanding). She went to Michigan for college and later moved to San Francisco, where she currently resides. She maintains an art/living space at a warehouse called The Cave, where some of ‘Isle Of’ was recorded. She also spins DJ sets and runs sound at a local bar called El Rio.

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