The Toy Trains
The Toy Trains have spent the last five years or so crafting their sound, and have a growing reputation as one of the best live bands in the region. They fuse elements of indie, grunge and psychedelia but have all the swing and swagger of the best fifty’s rock n’ roll. Tom Pryce’s catchy songwriting and vocals are at the heart of the music, and his dream-like lyrics are surrounded and brought to life by pounding drums (Alastair) driving bass (Lee) and intricate lead guitar (Dennis). Latest release Strategic Blonde rocks hard in places, but also showcases softer introspective moments and some cracking vocal harmonies. Startegic Blonde is available now on Bandcam
‘Strategic Blonde’ is the fifth release from North Notts band. They seamlessly shift from pounding alternative rock to introspective indie, with an edge and spirit sadly lacking in so much mainstream music these days. The lyrics often tell tales of love and reflection, but thoughtful words are nicely roughed-up by the gritty vocal style of singer Tom Pryce. It’s a pretty intense ride at times, with a rhythm section that is loud and tight as hell. The overall sound is deliberately raw but make no mistake these guys can seriously play! Soaring guitar licks spread across the tracks bring a nice 60’s flavour, whilst always complementing the songwriting. Every track is a winner, but if anything they get progressively better as the EP unfolds, building to a truly rousing and raucous singalong in ‘All Your Love’ (see video below) before we arrive at the crowning-jewel, closing track ‘Sleepwalking’. This is an acoustic driven track reminiscent of the Smashing Pumpkins at their peak. The production and arrangement of this song is something very special with beautiful string arrangements, and powerful vocal harmonies, a nice contrast to the live feel of some of the heavier songs. Authentic and unpretentious, The Toy Trains are definitely ones to watch.