Toy/Dark Horses/Charlie Boyer and The Voyeurs
Up and coming indie rockers and friends of The Horrors impress with krautrock tinged live set – Willow Colios was there to witness it.
Tonightâs triple header at Heaven begins with Toy label mates Charlie Boyer and The Voyeurs. They look almost too cool with a lead guitarist with perfect indie-rock hair wielding a de rigueur Fender Jaguar â not the only one on stage this evening. Debut single âI Watch Youâ rumbles nicely somewhere between The Concretes and The Modern Lovers. Itâs energetic, the guitars are crunchy and it wakes me from a Wednesday evening stupor. Itâs most definitely a shot across my auditory bows because tonight is going to be loudâ¦ Bloody loud.
Where The Voyeurs brought relentless pounding rhythm, Dark Horses offer a bit more light and shade. Coming on to what sounds like a recording of a member of the Hells Angels talking about Altamont, there is something slightly unsettling about them. Lisa Elle swaggers with a demeanor slightly reminiscent of Patti Smith, and harmonicas and guitars echo each other to brilliant effect. On a later track, âTrapsâ bass thuds and fuzzes against twangy guitar and the drums give it the feel of Radiohead‘s ‘There There’.Â The drums get more intense on recent single âAloneâ, the electronic end of the band’s sound, testament to collaboration with Richard Fearless (of Death in Vegas) who produced Dark Horsesâ debut album âBlack Musicâ. Itâs no wonder that the band are gearing up for an All Hallows Eve Album Launch Show in Brighton (31st Oct @ Green Door Store) â This is some scary primal stuff.
Toy are a band who are definitely building momentum of late and there are a load of 14 year olds in the front row who know every word of their songs. This is even more remarkable as, for me at least, Toy are more about atmosphere and soundscapes than vocals and lyrics. The crowd start to come alive even more with the early inclusion of single âLose My Wayâ as the 3rd song in the set. Toy songs always have loads of energy but frequently veer off in all directions. With guitar noise that veers from shrapnel to swirling steam to breaking glass, Krautrock has come to a room that at weekends hosts the G.A.Y nightclub. Every Saturday night the dayâs X Factor loser plays here – We couldn’t be further away from their usual weekend fare tonight. With âMy Heart Skips a Beatâ, there are soaring synths and the audience is bathed in purple light. Itâs quite a reflective moment in what has been a fast paced and relentless evening, but it doesnât last too long. Final song of the set and debut album closer, ‘Kopter’, is back to high energy Toy. They look like they could play all night if they had more than an albumsâ worth of material. âI will go from here, I will disappear.â, sings Tom Dougall. With the packed room of Toy devotees here tonight, that seems unlikely. Toy seem to really relish playing to the large crowd and with this following, they could be around for a while.