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Toys That Kill: Fambly 42Fambly 42 (2012)
Recess Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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While they've been away for a while, Toys That Kill more than make up for six years of silence with the new Fambly 42. Combining indie/garage rock leanings with pop-punk hooks, the band comes off like a cross between Dillinger Four and Guided By Voices. Or maybe they just sound like the Heat Tape? E.
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While they've been away for a while, Toys That Kill more than make up for six years of silence with the new Fambly 42. Combining indie/garage rock leanings with pop-punk hooks, the band comes off like a cross between Dillinger Four and Guided By Voices. Or maybe they just sound like the Heat Tape? Either way, Fambly 42 is a solid little record.

"Mobbed by the 3's" kicks off the record with a steady drum beat and jerky guitars before the vocals add some nice urgency [Editor's note: The record uses a lot of awkward capitalization. So while I'm going to acknowledge that this song is really written as "MoBbed bY thE 3's," I sure ain't gonna type that out every time. I got stuff to do]. The track also establishes Toys' M.O. The band writes fun, catchy numbers, and cut after cut hammers that home.

"Mobbed" is definitely a highlight of the album, but songs like "Abort Me, Mother Earth," "I've Been Stabbed" and "Freddy & His Mother" certainly stand out as well. Fambly 42's production is stellar. It's neither too clean nor too lo-fi, and it packs grit and punch when needed. This is exactly how songs of this caliber need to sound.

That said, Fambly's 15 songs all kind of sound the same. The band has a dependable formula going, but those looking for diversity (and who wants that from a punk band that isn't called the Clash anyway?) are going to check out eventually. Granted, Toys occasionally switch up that formula, whether it be with different kinds of intros or slightly mellower fare like "Clap for Alaska," but overall Fambly essentially consists of one good song rewritten many times over. But, ya know, it's still a pretty good song. Given how long the band has been away, that's got to count for something.

 

 
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downinthewell (March 21, 2014)

I'm struggling to find 300 examples of anything Robert Pollard has done that's more catchy than even the catchiest well crafted TTK song. GBV has some great stuff, and a ton of output - but TTK have plenty of excellent examples of song writing that can rank right up there. give them a bother twenty years, and we can revisit this conversation.

yay!

JLEWCHUCKEROO (June 1, 2012)

This record was a grower for me. Aside from that, amazing record. In my top 10 of the year for sure.

Sliced-T (June 1, 2012)

Love it! Sounds like a cross between Citizen Abortion and Shanked.

kylewagoner (June 1, 2012)

Fishiiiing for hearts with a liar's HOOK.

mattramone (June 1, 2012)

Lo fi record of the year

MN_DrNick (June 1, 2012)

Stop saying hooks, Echos.

EchosMyron (June 1, 2012)

Just to specify: if you are going to compare any band to Guided by Voices and Dillinger Four, they`d better have a knack for pristine pop craftsmanship. But Toys That Kill`s songwriting is fairly run-of-the-mill; their albums are strengthened by scratchy production, the conciseness of their arrangements, as well as odd lyrics. Their hooks, however, are nothing special.

EchosMyron (June 1, 2012)

"the band comes off like a cross between Dillinger Four and Guided By Voices"

Ridiculous comparison. This band isn`t terrible or anything, but their hooks certainly don`t measure up to the ones of those two legends. Pollard has literally written at least 300 songs that are catchier and better than anything by Toys That Kill.

hayman (June 1, 2012)

Had these songs stuck in my head at work for the last week.
Good times!

kylewagoner (June 1, 2012)

This album deserves more than 3.5/5. Toys That Kill are flawless all the time.

Robertfix45 (June 1, 2012)

This is great. Not the review

wastedwolves (June 1, 2012)

I really like this album.

MN_DrNick (June 1, 2012)

Probably their best album.

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