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Friday, 20 January 2012

Live Review: Toy

Shacklewell Arms, London, January 18 2012

Have you heard of the joy of Toy? The band consist of former members of Joe Lean & The Jing Jang Jong and a drummer Charlie from our very own Happening clubnights! They have been touring last year with The Horrors and are being talked up in many quarters as ones to watch. And you can immediately hear why at this over-capacity show. The air of anticipation is clear within the rundown boho environs of this new Dalston hipster hangout that should see many a good new band come through its doors.

But right I can barely breathe the room is so heaving. No matter, we're here for music and such discomforts are soon forgotten once the set begins. The band is flanked by two hair monsters who earnestly frug their hearts out, creating motorik rhythms and cascading sheets of sound, as does Korg twiddler Alejandra Diez. We are treated to an enticing mix of psychedelia, krautrock, shoegaze, and stoner rock. Think Red Krayola, think Broadcast, think The Psychedelic Furs. They are tailor made for Shindig! types to lap up. Don't let the less than perfect melodies stop them being embraced by musically progressive types, this band is the antidote to all the insipid indie you normally come across in the UK right now. They finish the set with a frenetic version of debut single 'Left Myself Behind' that threatens to take off at any moment with us onboard. Heavenly.

The band play a residency at the Shacklewell Arms for the next three Wednesday's - do all that is humanly possible to make sure you attend one of them.

Phil Istine

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