Monday 14 November 2011

...Toy Machine!

Another week, another great new Scottish band to introduce you all too.  I'm in danger of making this a regular, weekly thing.  It won't last though, I promise you!  Today, it's the turn of a rather fine Edinburgh trio, Toy Machine.  Before we hear from them, here's the first track from their FREE debut EP for you to have a wee listen to.  It's a home-recorded effort entitled Council Flat Sessions.  Does exactly what it says on the...

Kowalskiy:  Who Are Toy Machine?
Leo: We are Toy Machine.
Graeme: We're not so much a band, more a way of life.
Dan: ... three strangers on the same path to enlightement through noise and sweat and sexy things.

Kowalskiy:  How would you describe 'your sound'?
Dan: Alice beating the white rabbit to death with her electric guitar.
Leo: Way to sell it Dan. Sure, if you like to get down and dirty and like to rock out then you’ll like it. We just released an EP for free on the good old world wide web so you can hear for yourself what awesome sounds like. Those songs were recorded a couple of weeks after we got together and seeing a live show now is a different experience: we’re so into making it exciting and urgent for the audience that we’re always pushing the sounds and the songs onwards.
Graeme: The songs have depth and variation: our live shows don't confront you with a wall of noise. Each instrument brings it's own food to the table, which ultimately makes for a tasty treat. See us live and you'll dance, you'll kiss, you'll jump about. But we're not into following the trend, there's no ukeles on stage.
Leo: That's for sure. Bands that play shows where they mope about on stage, playing their record note for note are so god damn boring it makes me die a little. You need a fire inside you if you want to stay alive and our sound is about that.

Kowalskiy:  PLUG AWAY!!!
Leo: Toy Machine should be huge, the songs and live shows speak for themselves: we like free shows and we like free beer so we try to bring those ideals to our shows when we can, you should come along and experience.
Dan: Absolutely. We will keep it fresh, evolving and surprising: eccentric, eclectic and electric.
Graeme: In our live shows, there's always that heightened sense of energy and the unexpected.

Kowalskiy:  What can we expect from Toy Machine in the future?
Leo: Raucous musical adventure played far and wide, the creation of a legion of super mice trained to do our bidding, endless overblown pronouncements on our imminent but not yet realised multinational success…
Dan: More records, gigs and sublime artwork.
Graeme: Mugs, t-shirts, tweets, podcasts and stage invasions. I also like the idea of having our own Toy Machine soup, although the EU will probably demand we change the name of it as I suspect it'll contain neither Toys or Machines (sigh).

Their great Council Flat Sessions is out now for free over here and features that above gem which could've been lifted straight off Lou Reed's Transformer.  More of the same please guys! If you fancy seeing the guys live, they'll be headlining the Love Music Hate Racism weekend at The Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh College of Art on Sunday 27th November

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