Listen Up: Toy! Toy!

By Talia Last edited 132 months ago
Listen Up: Toy! Toy!

Every so often we spend hours getting lost in social networking sites and when it's new bands we're after we turn to myspace. This is how we came across the gentle twinkles of Synth Girl. Mainly a musician for other artists, we loved 'Hurricane Butterfly' (which you can hear online) so got in touch to say hi. It turned out she was actually in a band of her own Toy Toy which with it's punky, shouty female vox was more dancefloor enducing than her chilled solo music. They had bite and attitude and so we got Toy! Toy! to tell us about themselves...

Who are Toy! Toy! and what do they do?

Toy! Toy! are a female fronted, party starting 3 piece who set out to flick 2 fingers up at the granny-faced Indie boys.

What's the state of play with you at the moment?

We are currently recording with producer Robert Harder (Babyshambles, Whitey, Cazals) and creating a wall of noise in London, with gigs coming up at The Good Ship, Hoxton Bar & Grill, Dublin Castle and Buffalo Bar.

What do you sound like?

Imagine a Grace Jones look-a-like with the voice of Siouxsie Sioux singing the lyrics of Mike Skinner. Mashup synths, live beats & guitars with Swallow's super sharp lyrics chronicle tales of general absurdity in the world.

We love 'The Me Song' - what's its story?

Its about facebook, myspace and GENERATION ā€˜Iā€™.

Why should we listen to you rather than every other new artist out there?

Because we have a fresh exciting sound and got a few things to say...

Whereabouts in London are you based and what's ace about it?

East London, the markets: Broadway, Columbia Rd, Brick Lane etc

What's your favourite London venue?

Rivoli Ballrooms, Brockley.

Shepherd's Bush Empire for great sound.

Can you think of an unusual London location that should open itself up for gigs?

Every roundabout for open air shows.

London Dungeons

Kebab House on Old St

What's your favourite record shop in London?

Honest Jon's, Portobello Road, brilliant selection of great tunes. They introduced us to Moon Dog. Nice chilled out vibe.

What's your favourite club night in London?

We like Mark Moore's night, Electrogogo, at Madame Jo Jo's

What other new London bands / artists should we be checking out?

Sexy punkers China Dogs from New Cross, great tunes, baaaadddaaaaasssssss live band and they play with their tops off. We ended up embarrassing ourselves singing Eye of Tiger at Kareoke at the White Heart Hotel in New Cross, thanks to their gentle persuasions.

The honey toned Cherry Suico.

Boy 8 Bit ā€“ DJ / producer extrordinaire. He's the dogs bollocks at remixing.

Where can we see you playing next?

Vibe Lounge, Brick Lane on April 1 from 8pm.

What's your London secret?

The view from the reservoir in Nunhead.

Check out Toy! Toy! online at myspace here.

Last Updated 27 March 2008