One glance at TOY’s press picture would probably have you thinking: I bet this bunch got together in London with a shared love of Nuggets-era garage and post-punk. You’d be right. But over five studio albums the band have continually pushed themselves into very new and very interesting directions, weaving bits of acid-folk and shoegaze into their sound. One of the deepest wells they have drawn from is German experimental rock and their longstanding love affair with Neu! has seen them jump aboard many a motorik beat. Last year’s ‘Songs of Consumption’ album saw them throw another body swerve with an album of covers that took in everything from Serge Gainsbourg’s ‘Lemon Incest’ to the Pet Shop Boys’ ‘Always on My Mind’. They remain a captivating live entity and it’s great to have them back in the north-east once again.
TOY, Saturday 25 January, Independent, Holmeside, Sunderland, 7.30pm, £10. independentsunderland.com