Posted in music | tour dates on January 10, 2014

photos by PSquared Photography; words by Bill Pearis

TOY @ Glasslands, 1/9/2014
Toy at Glasslands

All you could see was hair. Like true shoegazers, UK band TOY stayed hunched over their instruments for most of last night's Glasslands set (2/9) with frontman Tom Dougall coming up for air occasionally for vocal duty. Mostly though they vibrated on the same harmonic frequency, hammering at their instruments on a motorik groove.

This was TOY's first New York show, though they'd tried to come twice previously only to be felled by visa issues. It was worth the wait. They were genuinely terrific from opening salvo "Left Myself Behind" through to the uber-krauty title track of their new album Join the Dots which closed the night. If you have any kind of proclivity for this sort of thing (anywhere from Swervedriver to The Horrors) they are definitely worth seeing.

NYC gets another chance tonight (1/10) at Mercury Lounge, it's a late show (doors 10:30) with likeminded locals Spires on first. Tickets are still available, but apparently not many left. The band will then play a handful of other North American shows, and then will be back over in May for Austin Psych Fest. All dates are listed below.

Before TOY were Austin's Feathers who are stopping in NYC for a couple shows before jetting to Europe for a few dates opening for Depeche Mode. The band, sporting a new line-up backing creative head Anastasia Dimou, looked the part and have some catchy songs in the black-clad synthy vein but the band was a little green and it showed -- but the harmonies were on.

The night started with local band Young Boys. On record they're in the gloomy, martial-beat school of post-punk; live their Cramps/Birthday Party side comes out. Shambolic to say the least, but platinum blond frontman is a rabble-rouser and natural frontman.

Pics of Feathers and Young Boys' Glasslands sets, plus more of TOY, below..

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TOY - 2014 Tour Dates
Friday, January 10, 2014 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
Saturday, January 11, 2014 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
Monday, January 13, 2014 Montreal, QC @ Divan Orange
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 Detroit, MI @ Lager House
Thursday, January 16, 2014 Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
Saturday, January 18, 2014 San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
Sunday, January 19, 2014 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo - Part Time Punks
Friday, May 2, 2014 Austin, TX @ Austin Psych Fest

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Comments (8)

pee squared can lick a hairy dick

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2014 5:03 PM

I was looking forward to this show, even more so due to the previous cancellations. I thought they were just OK...nothing outstanding. And for them not to play "Colours Running Out" which was the signature song off their first LP, at their first ever show in NYC was just silly.

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2014 7:59 PM

p.s. Kudos for The Germs cover by Young Boys!

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2014 8:00 PM

I think I saw them at the old emos at sxsw. they took a long time to set up. then foxygen was supposed to play, but canceled. then came a place to bury strangers, who were great 5 years ago, but last year it seemed dated. someone in the crowd asked me if aptbs was foxygen.

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2014 10:32 PM

Too bad their new album ain't that good.

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2014 11:42 PM

Haaaaaaaaa lovely, i love this pictures right here

Posted by konsta | January 11, 2014 10:13 PM

@7:59,

They played "Colours Running Out" at Mercury Lounge on Friday, though I personally think "Motoring" is the best song on the first album.

-bill

Posted by Bill P | January 11, 2014 11:38 PM

Can confirm proclivity.

Will investigate.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2014 1:21 AM

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