TOY, who released Happy In The Hollow, their fourth, and by far most acclaimed album to date, in January of this year on Tough Love Records, have announced details of Songs Of Consumption, an 8-song collection of unique interpretations of tracks which have inspired the band.
Talking about the album, TOY said:
"Songs of Consumption sonically is a continuation and development of the themes conceived on Happy In The Hollow and it will show people where we are going towards musically. The DIY approach was explored further utilising more of the electronic elements that we touched upon before. Drum machines, stripped down arrangements and rudimentary production give a primitive sound that we thought suited the choice of songs. Some of the songs have very big sounding production, so we wanted to experiment with them by going in a different direction.
Music is consumed voraciously now whereas these songs came from a time when the song was of the most important thing and that's what was appreciated. Stripping them back to the essence of what they are was also something we wanted to explore. Also, we wanted to make a covers record with songs by people that influenced us in the past few years and it’s as much about the way they dealt with their ideas, and how they put themselves in uncomfortable situations in order to make something that in the end is simple. It’s a homage to the spirit of these people, that helped us to untangle ourselves from our inherent complicated nature and create a new space where we can exist."
Additionally, having played a sold-out tour of the UK in February, including a mesmerising show at Village Underground in London, the band have announced a couple of very special shows at the end of the year.
Playing under the banner of ‘Hollowed Out – A night of strange sighting and unhabitual ritual’ the shows will see them re-imagining songs from Happy In The Hollow. In London they will be joined by AV artist Sculpture, live performances from The Thelma Death Stare and Ducasse, DJ sets from Cherrystones and Sheet Noise and live visuals from Daisy Dickinson. In Manchester they will be joined by Mutabase and a DJ set from Sofie K.
The dates are as follows:
09.11.19 – Band on the Wall - Manchester
15.11.19 – Studio 9294 - London
released November 15, 2019
1. Down On The Street (David Alexander, Ronald Asheton, Scott Asheton, James Osterberg. Published by Paradox Music / Stooge Staffel Music BMI)
2. Follow Me (Maud Geffray, Sebastien Chenut. Published by Arabella)
3. Sixty/Forty (Christa Päffgen. Published by Aura Music)
4. Cousin Jane (L. Page, D. Matthews. Published by James Dick Music Ltd/Universal)
5. Fun City (M. Almond, D. Ball. Published by Metropolis / Warner Bros. Music Ltd)
6. Lemon Incest (S. Gainsbourg, F. Chopin. Published by Melody Nelson)
7. Always On My Mind (W. Carson, J. Christopher, M. James. Published by Screen Gems-EMI Music/Cage Music/10 Music)
8. A Doll's House (J. Barry. Published by EMI)