It’sTuesday and LondOnTheInside are at Hoxton Bar and Kitchen for a night of rock n roll which comes in the three very different styles. Being careful to make our way through the huge double doors we went inside to catch the rumblings of grunge band Pet Scenes who have recently been getting air play on BBC6 Music. Their hardcore pop punk is equipped with screaming vocals and rip roaring guitars and they do it well.
Next up were Grass House, who’s last single ‘A Cradle A Short Breath’ we’ve been nodding along to on our noise box. They have an old fashioned Irish Gypsy folk rock sound that you could imagine being played in the background of a bare fist knuckle fight on the Sons of Anarchy. We we’re really swilling Guinness with Grass House tonight.
Next up were Toy, a band who most people were there to see, including Horrors front man Faris Rotter. First off, the five of them look like a band, a proper band, from hair to shoes you could tell before they even got on the stage, you’d just catch them walking past and instantly think ‘yep, he’s in a band’. Made up from past member of Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong, they define their music as ‘sweeping motoric europia’. Their shoegaze style of huge sounding guitars and swooping synth leaves one with a feeling of floating from the volume coming from the stage. Singer Tom Dougall has an instantly likeable voice, a little unexpected and not to dissimilar to Read or Curtis. Toy do sound a little like The Horrors and Joy Division but the way they craft their art is something magical. The guitar work is brilliant and contains hooks and melody that infect the body.
You can not find much about Toy online, even though they have the usual sites, adding a mysterious edge to their already underground appeal. We urge you to catch them whenever you can, they ended their set with two tracks that were beyond epic. Tom did mention they ‘go on for ages’ they were absolute sheer brilliance.