Toy Toy Story
We culture vultures at P&B hold no great enthusiasm for manufactured pop and the TV shows that spawn them.
What is really much more up our street, or up New Cross, to be more precise, is stuff that describes its attitude as ‘provocative and unapologetic’ and categorises – or rather un-categorises - its music as “sync-rocking, punk-electro crack pipe pop which chronicles the tales of general absurdity in the world”.
Not really up Simon Cowell’s cul-de-sac, then?
This is ‘Toy Toy’ and it seems, from our perspective, the only way to describe it all is in their own words –
“The band was formed after an argument between wayward lyricist Demelza (vocals and guitar) and the laser-fingered Laura How (keyboards).”
Their press profile continues – “with fierce synth b-lines, neat live beats, wiry two note licks and dirt-drone guitars ‘Toy Toy’ have been described as the long-lost London cousins of the Rezillos and cite ESG, LCD Soundsystem and Peaches as key influences.”
Not Peaches Geldof, presumably?
They’re clearly on the up, having shared Glastonbury billing with Bishi and Ebony Bones and played their first international gig in Paris to promote the Girl Powder (Lofty Records) compilation on which they feature, as selected by stylist JC de Castelbayas.
They’ve also supported The Shortwave Set, Trash Money, A1 Bassline and N-Trance.
Enough of words, only sound will do them justice! Gigs that have been variously described by the press as ‘Thrillingly filthy’, ‘Grrl-punk explosion’ and ‘Raunchy rock debauchery’. Their debut single FMB (produced by Robert Harder - Whitey, Babyshambles) is out on Valentine’s Day 2009 and we urge you to check out MySpace and, even better, treat your auditory mechanisms to the stimulus of a real – and exhilarating– live gig.
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