TOY - New Music "Introducing"

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This blog has been a long time coming, a lot of people have labelled TOY their 'new favourite band' and over the past few months the London five piece have been on the end of all manner of glowing praise from beings and pages far more glossy and prestigious than these. For that reason this posting has been on the back-burner but I decided it was time to finally put something down, after all these pages serve as a journal of music taste and slowly but surely TOY have become one of 2012's essential new bands.

Most of you will probably know this information already, three of the members were previous in much hyped Joe Lean & The Jing Jang Jong who failed to deliver anything of merit a few years back, one of those is Tom Dougall who now finds himself as front-man and is the brother of ex-Pipette Rose Elinor Dougall. TOY have been regular tour partners of The Horrors for sometime, their slow development seems to have paid dividends, their first single "Left Myself Behind" summed up the buzz, an eight minute runaway rollercoaster that combines the best bits of psyche, krautrock and shoegaze in one glorious track, gorgeous shimmering guitars duel with the korg keys and the consistent drum beats, to keep it simple, it's one of the essential tracks of the last six months.

Their second single "Motoring" is due April 16th (on 7″ and download via Heavenly Recordings) and confirms TOY as one of the UK's hottest new properties, aptly titled overloading fuzz-filled guitars and gaudy keyboards make for a slick, infectious ride. Truly superb, hard, dense, melodic, brilliant.

TOY head out on their first headlining UK tour in April including a stop at XOYO on April 11th - full dates/tickets here. Expect lots of hair and if you are quick and head here you can help yourself to a free download of "Left Myself Behind / Clock Chime"