FINALLY! Friday night I got some of that potent Toy action my ears and eyes have been wanting. Those snarling guitars, that groovy bass, the deep vocals, the psyched-out keyboard and those long passage of gnarly darkness. Yes, it was fantastic and I will see them again and again.
After a few trial and errors, Toy are making their way through the U.S. for their first stateside tour. Since I heard Left Myself Behind and Motoring in 2012, they've released two albums. Their latest LP Join the Dots features all the elements that I loved on their self-titled debut. There's usually two trains on thought for new bands in releasing new material: wait a couples year between the first two albums or just release the next the year after. When the later happens, it's usually the same sounding album. As is the case here, and I'm fine with that. Both albums are packed with thrilling songs with long stretches of instrumental rock overload with Tom Dougall supplying the foreboding vocals. Credit superstar producer Dan Carey with solidifying their on the new album.
The gig on the Friday was just full-throttle psych, shoegaze and brit pop force. Not a slow or downtempo song in the bunch. Left Myself Behind is a 7+ minute song that cranked out in double tempo but extended its jamming session until it came to a euphoric end. All the guitarists hair were flying around as they cranked out some serious licks. With the bouncing baselines, it reminded me of a bit of Stereolab and Neu, but really, they are all over that My Bloody Valentine aura.