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BAND/AUTHOR:

THE TOY DOLLS

(UNITED KINGDOM)

TITLE:
EPISODE XIII
RELEASE DATE:
2019
LABEL:
AUTRE LABEL
GENRE:
ROCK
"The Toy Dolls has everything of a punk band but contrary to appearances, its music is much richer than it seems with melodic pieces, devastating guitar riffs and unifying choruses."
ADRIANSTORK - 08.11.2019 -
1979 in Sunderland, two years after the punk tidal wave that had submerged the United Kingdom, The Toy Dolls recorded its first eructations on LPs. 40 years later and to the great surprise of its leader, Olga, The Toy Dolls is still here. The opportunity is too good to release their thirteenth studio album, soberly entitled''Episode XIII'', a track however more inspired than the previous ones (''Our Last Album'',''The Album After The Previous One'').

With its singer with huge glasses and a raspy voice, itss binary rhythms, a drum set that thunders, The Toy Dolls has everything of a pathetic punk band. But contrary to appearances, the punk label doesn't fit well with the Toy Dolls. 

Placed at the front, 'Arthur Clark' Dark Horse' with its unifying chorus, delays a storm that only bursts with a devastating guitar solo. The sound universe is much richer than it seems. Sometimes it's a Shadows-like guitar that points its head ('Waffle Woman'), the rhythm slows down before picking up again with a new anthological chorus. New technologies are not prohibited with "Laptop Lifters" which even allows itself a cappella passage. While the band is known for its irreverent covers ('Livin La Vida Loca' by Ricky Martin), here it has only allowed itself to play 'El Cumbanchero', which serves as a musical interlude. It is regrettable, however, that the group did not try to venture into other genres.

To celebrate its 40th anniversary, The Toy Dolls has created a real musical program in which the listener meets a whole gallery of eccentric characters. The band breaks free from its punk roots to delight us with melodic pieces, devastating guitar riffs and unifying choruses. Happy birthday The Toy Dolls, hoping for a forthcoming broadcast of an episode XIV.

More informations on http://www.thetoydolls.com/

VIDEO

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TRACK LISTING

01. Previously - 0:43
02. Arthur Clark's a Dark Horse - 2:18
03. Benny the Boxer - 2:48
04. Knickers off in Mykonos - 3:18
05. The Laptop Lifter - 3:13
06. Waffle Woman - 3:24
07. Christine's Clothes - 3:18
08. She's a Worky Ticket - 2:21
09. El Cumbanchero - 2:41
10. Señor Benidorm - 2:55
11. Richard Clayderman's a Creep - 3:58
12. Until Next Time - 2:15
13. Benny the Boxer (Karaoke Version) - 2:47
14. Waffle Woman (Karaoke Version) - 3:25
15. Richard Clayderman's a Creep (Karaoke Version) - 3:59


LINEUP

Duncan Redmonds: Batterie
Michael Algar: Chant / Guitares
Thomas Blyth: Basse


TAGS:
70's, Easy Listening / FM, Chaotic, Happy / Delirious, Intimist, Melancholic, Old School, Punk, Romantic, Dark, Theatrical, Concept-album, Guitar-Hero, Rasping voice, Chorus
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