Madame Jojo's, London, Tuesday, July 17


As they stand onstage uttering barely a word, Toy look every inch the cosmic wünderkinder, London’s very own psych krautrock dreamers. Their stance rarely changes as they shoegaze their way through a set of compulsive Neu! and Can-indebted thrill-pieces. After a thrashing rendition of single ‘Clock Chime’, the euphoric ‘My Heart Skips A Beat’ sets the pace for a final ‘Kopter’ – a dark, swirling jam that sees frontman Tom Dougall writhe on the floor before chucking his guitar against the amp. Supporting The Horrors and Primal Scream has taught them a lot. To prove it, they exit to a howling roar of feedback.

Jenny Stevens

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