TOY Overwhelms BRUSSELS With Monumental Streams Of Psychedelic Waves…

TOY – Witlof Bar (Botanique), Brussels – 22 February 2019

Last month Brighton‘s psychedelic pop collective TOY released their glowing, critically acclaimed, 4th LP HAPPY IN THE HOLLOW. Their most engrossing achievement so far. The amazing thing about this band is that you can enjoy them in two truly different ways. On record, their songs have an overall atmospheric, bluesy and mind-exploring resonance and are best experienced on your headphones, late at night with the lights out and the world asleep. On stage the whole Toy dynamic changes drastically. The decibels go up
(way up actually), the intensity rises to an overwhelming level, the motorik drum/bass beats speed up your bloodstream and the intoxicating streams of hallucinatory waves touch you really physically.

Yes, every nerve and every muscle in your whole body moves in overdrive, especially when they switch to exhilarating jam modus on their classic oldies ‘Join The Dots’, ‘Motoring’ and most of all the monumental ‘Dead And Gone’, but the trance-like treatment works perfectly too for the steamy rippers ‘Jolt Awake‘, ‘Mechanism’ and ‘Energy’ off the new LP. During their more relaxed twilight meditations (‘Mistake A Stranger‘, ‘The Willo‘ and ‘Last Warmth Of The Day‘) you could catch your breath again but to be honest, every time they slowed down
I (and the crowd) couldn’t hardly wait to get the next electro Krautrock shock, to absorb the next guitars charged crescendo extravaganza and to lose ourself in the next glorious cacophony. Third time I saw TOY! Third time they nailed it and my ears still buzzing 15 hours later are proof of that! Memorable performance!


Dazzling out-of-body experience

Stream HAPPY IN THE HOLLOW here…

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TOY: Facebook – Website – Tour Dates


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(pics by Turn Up The Volume!)

Brighton’s TOY Return With New Single ‘MECHANISM’ From Upcoming LP…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…

10 January 2019

Brighton-based psych dreamers TOY have a follow-up LP ready for their notable 2016 album Clear Shot. The new one, titled HAPPY IN THE HOLLOW, will be out at the end of the month. Here, ahead of it, is fresh single MECHANISM. A sprightly pop crackerjack build around a repetitive electro beat that gets under your skin, slowly but surely. Addictively rhythmic and highly tantalizing. Drift away right here…

TOY: Website – Facebook – UK & Europe Tour Dates


All info here

My 21 Most Body & Mind Twisting Concerts Of 2016…

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I saw 136 artists in action this year, from performances in small bars to a couple of too crowded festivals, from many cool club gigs to mid-range venue shows. My mind is truly hooked to life music for years now, it helps me staying healthy and crazy at the same time – a much needed balance on this troubled planet – and it certainly helps to get away from daily, disturbing worries and create some thrilling time instead. Gripping concerts elevate me, vitalize me and energize me in several ways. Oops, before getting too philosophical here are the 21 most outstanding WHAM BLOODY BAM fireworks (in chronological order)
I witnessed in 2016…

1/  DOUBLE VETERANS
Café Video, Ghent – 9 February
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2/ FAT WHITE FAMILY
La Madeleine, Brussels – 4 March
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3/ MANIC STREET PREACHERS
Ancienne Belgique, Brussels – 1 May
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4/ THE GLÜCKS
Cactus Club, Brugge – 18 June
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5/ PAUL MCCARTNEY
Werchter Festival – 1 July
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6/ THE HIVES
Rock Zottegem Festival – 9 July
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7/ ELEFANT
Charlatan Club, Ghent – 23 July
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8/ RICHARD ASHCROFT
Lokerse Feesten Festival – 10 August
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9/ PETER HOOK AND THE LIGHT
W-Festival in Wortegem Petegem – 23 Augustus
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10/  THE PARROTS
Madamme Moustache, Brussels – 15 September
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11/ DEAP VALLY
Paradiso, Amsterdam – 26 September
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12/ THE KILLS
Paradiso, Amsterdam – 21 October
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13/ ARNO
Vooruit, Gent – 23 October
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14/ THE LIMINANAS
Madamme Moustache – 31 October
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15/ CROWS
Café Video, Ghent  – 2 November
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16/ ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN
Het Depot, Leuven – 5 November
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17/ THE LEMON TWIGS
Botanique, Brussels – 25 November
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18/ THE JULIE RUIN
Botanique, Brussels – 30 November
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19/ COCAINE PISS
VK, Brussels – 2 December
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20/ TOY
Trix, Antwerpen – 3 December
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21 / PRIMAL SCREAM
Brixton Academy, London – 15 December
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(All pics by TurnUpTheVolume!)

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TOY – From Bluesy Shoegaze to Mind-Expanding Psych Waves in Antwerp…

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TOY – Trix, Antwerp – 3 December 2016

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Brighton-based psychedelia explorers TOY are finally back, three years after their energizing, second, album ‘Join The Dots’. On new excellent LP CLEAR SHOT the band sounds bluesier, more introspective and contemplative than before. Floating, melodic journeys echoing late 80s shoegaze atmospherics, but still regularly injected with the band’s by now characteristic, haunting Krautrock trips. Last Saturday in Antwerp they proved (again), with glowing flare, why they are one of the most cutting live bands on the buzzing underground scene. On stage they create a trance like fantasy world colored with a mesmeric mix of gloomy pop reveries and extended, motorik psych jams that increase the flow of your body’s adrenaline spectacularly. They shift tempo and emotion in a truly overwhelming and hypnotizing way. I am completely addicted to their swelling escapades growing heavier and nastier with every second. Amplified, soul exploring electricity to get completely lost in. One word: breathtaking!…

Here’s the band’s newest single…

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And get your CLEAR SHOT in full here…

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Some photographic reflections…

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Moony vox…

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Bluesy moods…

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Storming jams…

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Colorful adrenaline…

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Setlist…

TOY links: ‘Clear Shot’ on iTunes – Website – Facebook

TOY – They Are Back And They Still Believe…

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‘I’m Still Believing’ by TOY

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Dark, British psychedelia explorers TOY are finally back, 3 years after their second album ‘Join The Dots’. New LP CLEAR SHOT is out on 28th October via Heavenly Recordings

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The band just shared new single I’M STILL BELIEVING. The track sounds surprisingly poppy and bright by Toy standards. The playful melody will bounce and dance in your head after a couple of spins. What will happen next is quite uncertain as the song is apparently about voodoo. Listen here and find out…

Tracklist new album CLEAR SHOT

1 – Clear Shot
2 – Another Dimension
3 – Fast Silver
4 – I’m Still Believing
5 – Clouds That Cover The Sun
6 – Jungle Games
7 – Dream Orchestrator
8 – We Will Disperse
9 – Spirits Don’t Lie
10- Cinema

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TOY: Facebook – Twitter

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Ghent, Belgium in 2013 (photo: Turn Up The Volume!)

Finally Back With Bluesy New Single ‘Fast Silver’ – Here’s TOY…

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‘Fast Silver’ by TOY

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The wonderful British psychedelic rockers TOY from Brighton are finally back, 3 years
after their second album ‘Join The Dots’. New LP CLEAR SHOT is out on 28th October
via Heavenly Recordings

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The band just shared first single FAST SILVER. A dreamy, bluesy & cinematic journey
with a classic, melancholic The Smiths feel. Frontman Tom Dougall’s vulnerable voice, accompanied by sparkling guitars and trippy keys, leads this haunting, yet adorable excursion. You’ll be hooked after a couple of spins…

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Tracklist new album CLEAR SHOT

1 – Clear Shot
2 – Another Dimension
3 – Fast Silver
4 – I’m Still Believing
5 – Clouds That Cover The Sun
6 – Jungle Games
7 – Dream Orchestrator
8 – We Will Disperse
9 – Spirits Don’t Lie
10- Cinema

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Memorable gig in my hometown Ghent, Belgium (2014)

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TOY: Facebook – Twitter

(All concert pics by Turn Up The Volume!)