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ToyGuitar: ToyGuitar [EP]ToyGuitar [EP] (2014)
Adeline Records

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ToyGuitar is a new group led by Jack Dalyrmple of One Man Army, Dead To Me, and most recently, Swingin' Utters. Being a Dead To Me and One Man Army fan, I was very intrigued by this formation. Featuring fellow One Man Army member Brandon Pollack, Swingin' Utters bassist Miles Peck and Danielle Agnew.
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ToyGuitar is a new group led by Jack Dalyrmple of One Man Army, Dead To Me, and most recently, Swingin' Utters. Being a Dead To Me and One Man Army fan, I was very intrigued by this formation. Featuring fellow One Man Army member Brandon Pollack, Swingin' Utters bassist Miles Peck and Danielle Agnew, ToyGuitar comes off as punks venturing into garage rock. Yeah, that's right, I said garage rock. It seems awkward to say but their first release, a self-titled four-song EP, plays it safe and doesn't venture too far into the indie realm.

The EP starts with a lo-fi sound continuing throughout, giving it that garage rock feel. Track one, "Words Between Us," seems like it has all the right pieces but never really clicks. The guitar starts aggressive, the chorus is memorable and it even has a very garage-driven outro guitar lead. There's just no emphasis on the part switches, which blurs the song together.

Next up is "She's An Alarm," which also happens to be the name of One Man Army's last release (hhmmmâ?¦ coincidence? I think not), which is very guitar driven. What I noticed with this EP is that every song is controlled through muffled guitar riffs. In this song guitar leads are, for the most part, going the whole time though never feel excessive. Overall it comes across as dance-y. Guaranteed the chorus will get stuck in your head.

"Tangled Up" has a somewhat bluesy feel and is locked through a moving bass line. A nice touch are the guitar leads after each chorus giving it an indie dynamic. The last song, "Shoot The Piano Player," kind of blends together until the break near the end of the song. After the break, a guitar lead driving the outro saves it.

This is one of those release that grew on me the more I listened to it. All of the songs pretty much consist of the same tempo and often times blend together. I feel these songs could've been slightly rearranged and used for One Man Army. None the less, it's a noble first attempt and I'm interested to see what the group's next moves are.

 

 
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benflo1208 (March 19, 2014)

Not my vibe really. His voice is different throughout all the bands he plays in, i prefer more growl like he has in OMA and DTM, not the strokes sound. No breaks or explosions where the guitar comes rolling back in leaving it sounding boring, meh. But that different style of playing he does now-a-days was captured better with Utters' Poorly Formed. THoughts everyone?

essenceoftong (March 19, 2014)

deserves better than 3 stars

rabbit (March 19, 2014)

gave it a listen, thought it was pretty boring. the riffs are pretty similar to early strokes but i don't think the songs are as good. not that i've listened to the strokes this side of about 2008 but still.

RiotRiot81 (March 18, 2014)

Sure, you can hear the garage almost like early Strokes esque sound to it. What stands out for me is the Toy Doll influence... Any way, honesty it doesn't sound really all that different from the OMA E.P.

RiotRiot81 (March 18, 2014)

Favorite Ep from last year...

notfeelingcreative (March 18, 2014)

Love one man army. Hate garage rock with a passion.

mclz (March 18, 2014)

Great EP, but I just wish OMA would do more stuff. I also am curious of the OMA version of the Sound the Alarm is the same as this assuming it exists.

telegraphrocks (March 18, 2014)

One of the best EPs of the last few years.
If these guys make a full-length with songs of this quality... I'm going to cum.

MN_DrNick (March 18, 2014)

Sounds like it's up my alley. Can't wait to check it out.

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