Band of the Day

2012.10.31

TOY

London psychedelic five-piece influenced by post-punk, krautrock, and 80s goth
It's not that easy, your colour's running out.
lyrics from Colour's Running Out

TOY is a Korg Delta led five-piece formed in 2010. It consists of Tom Dougall (Vox/Guitars), Dominic O'Dair (Guitars), Maxim Barron (Bass/Vox), Alejandra Diez (Synthesizers/Modulation) and Charlie Salvidge (Drums/Vox). TOY's musical influences incorporate a wide range of genres including punk, psychedelia, krautrock, post rock to name a few and they explore experimental recording techniques in the studio. The start of the year saw TOY play a 4-week residency at the Shacklewell Arms in London, and a U.K. headline tour in April culminated in a sold-out show at London’s XOYO. The band recently played at this year’s Field Day Festival and are set to play further festival dates over the summer as well as another headline U.K. tour in the autumn following the release of the album.

Combining everything from indie rock, to psychedelia, postpunk, and krautrock is TOY, a five-piece band from London, England. The band first came together in 2010, just one year after the disbanding of Joe Lean & the Jing Jang Jong--a band in which three of TOY’s members (lead singer/guitarist Tom Dougall, guitarist Dominic O’Dair, and bassist Maxim “Panda” Barron) were a part of. The three members added Charlie Salvidge on drums, and Spanish keyboard player Alejandra Diez to complete the five-piece.

In January 2011, TOY performed their first live show at the Cave Club in London, followed by performances at the Field Day festival, and as the support act for The Horrors on their UK autumn tour. That same year, TOY sold out the initial pressing of one hundred copies of their debut single, “Left Myself Behind.”

Their self-titled debut album was recorded in just eight days at the South London studio of producer Dan Carey, who’s worked with artists like Bat For Lashes, Mystery Jets, Civil Twilight, Lily Allen, M.I.A, and La Roux. It was released in September 2012, and includes twelve tracks, including latest single “Lose My Way.”