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Toys That Kill

Toys That Kill: Shanked!Shanked! (2006)
Recess Records

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The four R's of Toys That Kill's newest album Rumpshaking Retro Refreshing Ridiculous 1. Rumpshaking This album has some rhythm going on! From the opening of "Bomb-sniffin' Dogs" to the close of of "31-Year-Old Daydream," this album makes me want to dance. The only problem is that I'm not re.
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The four R's of Toys That Kill's newest album

  1. Rumpshaking
  2. Retro
  3. Refreshing
  4. Ridiculous

1. Rumpshaking

This album has some rhythm going on! From the opening of "Bomb-sniffin' Dogs" to the close of of "31-Year-Old Daydream," this album makes me want to dance. The only problem is that I'm not really sure how to do it. It's definitely not spin-kicks or karate moves, but it's not really a circle pit either. It just kind of makes me want to wag my finger in the air. Maybe gyrate my hips a bit and my right leg as well. All I know is that I have stop shaking my butt on the bus or I'm going to get arrested.

2. Retro

There's a definite feeling of having been here before. It's like slipping into a new pair of shoes, having owned the same make before. It fits nearly as well your old pair did, but they're crisper, feel springier and more supportive. Not to say that TTK don't have a sound all their own, but it's familiar. It draws on the Ramones in the simplicity of the songs and lyrics, the Buzzcocks in the energy and the Clash in the relevance.

3. Refreshing

It doesn't sound old though! This is an album with fantastic modern "DIY" production and aesthetics. From the peculiar album art to the crisp sounds on the record, it's a breath of fresh air. Most importantly, it doesn't sound like it was recorded in the ass-end of some kid's basement, even though the aesthetic, the feel, and the grit to it makes you realize it could have been.

4. Ridiculous

You can tell, no matter how serious some songs may be underneath the surface, the folks in this band are just having fun. Maybe it's sad that it's such a foreign concept to be in a punk band, have political lyrics and yet still have fun and not take yourselves so damned seriously, but at least someone's doing it. The "Katzensheisse Über Alles" intro and interlude comes out of nowhere and I've been told the sound of mewing cats bursting forth from your speakers can wreak havoc with those felines living with you.

In Closing

Toys That Kill have crafted an incredibly enjoyable, incredibly simple, incredibly incredible punk album with Shanked!. It's punk rock, there's no doubt about it, that brings back two sorely lacking aspects lately: fun and relevancy.

 

 
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kylewagoner (January 17, 2009)

Can you say "The Best Collection of Songs in the Key of A (with some C's and an E minor htrown in) Ever"? I can.

righteoustwin (September 16, 2006)

this album is amazing!

Medley (July 12, 2006)

Just got my copy in the mail the other week and am lovin' this album. It brings back the poppiness of 'The Citizen Abortion' while maintaining the intensity of 'Control the Sun.' I just wish Sean sung a couple more songs, as his three songs (paritculary 'Liars' Hook') are among the album's best.

Scruffy (June 19, 2006)

Oh man, this is gonna be another one of those times where I argue with someone until it ends with hugging and happy thoughts, isn't it.

Yeah, I see what you mean. I was really just complaining about the people out there who do the things you just said you don't do. Because they are out there. That was really my point. I hate the "DIY or die!" attitude. If you do everything on your own because you think it's the best way to do it, that's ridiculously awesome. That's generally how I tend to do it. I've thought about publishing comics and/or books in addition to what my band does, and all of it I have intended to do myself. But there are a lot of kids out there that think that if it sounds bad or looks bad, it's more honest. And as a musician, that bothers me. How something looks, or how good it sounds shouldn't matter. That's what DIY originally was all about, that a record didn't have to sound like Michael Jackson or Journey, and a comic didn't have to be professionally printed, to be considered as worthy as their more successful peers. That's why it bothers me so much whenever some kids get confused about DIY, and think that it has to sound bad to have the integrity that the bands back then, who couldn't afford a good studio (something which has since changed), had.
This is probably a case of "We agree on the main parts, and the heat of the argument kept us from seeing that." But it has made me think about things, and I hope it has for you, too, because that's the best part about arguing!

Anonymous (June 19, 2006)

"The P-I-X scene comes to mind."

It does? The Plan it X scene I know of doesn't care how well recorded a band is. Soophie Nun Squad and the Good Good both have pretty dynamic sounding albums. Of course over-production sounds bad with some music. It makes a big difference in the sound itself, nothing to do with "pride."

DIY does not really have anything to do with production these days. Recording is so cheap that nearly anyone can make a really dynamic sounding album if they want to, but if they don't want to, it's not just to make it "less commercial." This isn't fucking black metal. It's because maybe sometimes 4 tracks is right for the band's sound.

I'm sorry if the tone of my past comments has been a little mean, but I'm sick of people on these boards acting like the DIY scene is really all that abstract or hard edged or mean. It's not any new radical idea. We are not people who live under bridges recording songs on our kiddy boom boxes. I have to go see some noise bands now. Seeya.

-Retard

Anonymous (June 19, 2006)

"The P-I-X scene comes to mind."

It does? The Plan it X scene I know of doesn't care how well recorded a band is. Soophie Nun Squad and the Good Good both have pretty dynamic sounding albums. Of course over-production sounds bad with some music. It makes a big difference in the sound itself, nothing to do with "pride."

DIY does not really have anything to do with production these days. Recording is so cheap that nearly anyone can make a really dynamic sounding album if they want to, but if they don't want to, it's not just to make it "less commercial." This isn't fucking black metal. It's because maybe sometimes 4 tracks is right for the band's sound.

-Retard

Scruffy (June 19, 2006)

Sorry, again, it's just irritating to read what he said. They aren't just points that don't mesh with my own opinion. He says that the only scene in which bad recording is admired is grind, which is so far from true it's laughable. The P-I-X scene comes to mind. I've seen countless local bands purposely record their albums poorly because "lo-fi sounds better". One guy gave my band's first CD a good review, and I know a large part of that was because it sounded so bad. There's even an entire genre of lo-fi dedicated to recording their music poorly.
And, to the person I was originally arguing with, I never said that DIY is selling out because it's living by someone else's rules than your own. I never said that in any way, shape or form. I said that sticking to DIY ideals even when it makes the music suffer is just as much selling out as signing to a major and changing your music for money. Instead of doing it for money, you're doing it for pride, but you're not doing it for the music. That's not to say a band couldn't stay DIY forever and do it for the music. I'm just saying that both happen a pretty much equal amount of times.
How any of this makes me look like I'm fourteen, I don't know. Generally, fourteen year olds are the ones chanting slogans, adopting names for their identities and ignoring ambiguities.

Scruffy (June 19, 2006)

I really don't think he even made any points. He just said, "No." My point wasn't about the practice of DIY everywhere. It was about those who get self-righteous about it, and all he said was, "Nobody's like that." Which isn't true. I have friends who are like that. I'd be an idiot to say that DIY was a bad thing.

Also, you could tell I was joking about the Dr. Dan thing, right?

Anonymous (June 19, 2006)

Well, Dr. Dan is wrong about quite a few things, including the use of that word.

The other person actually had good points as well, they just don't square with yours and you both degenerated into name-calling. It'd be nice to see people around here act with a bit of maturity.

-Justin/Fuzzy

Scruffy (June 19, 2006)

Stop being a retard, Justin.

I'm just kidding. Yeah, it's probably not that necessary. On the one hand, I use stupid insults with my friends casually, so it just comes out. On the other hand, I generally have absolutely no respect for someone who doesn't even feel the need to register a user name and come in here and start arguing. If the person would've had a user name, I'd have gladly used it. Also, it irritates me to no end when someone tries to argue, but they lack any apparent intellectual ability to put together an argument that is anything more than saying "No, you're wrong," without the, "...and here's why."

Also, "retard" is completely allowable, according to Dr. Dan.

Anonymous (June 19, 2006)

Soooo... how about that Toys that Kill album? Pretty sweet, eh?

Anonymous (June 19, 2006)

I'm not stepping in on either side of this argument, but there's no need to insult each other with words like "retard" or asshole. Come on now, you can have a discussion calmly and exchange ideas like adults.

-Justin/Fuzzy (at work)

Scruffy (June 19, 2006)

Hey, retard (I call you that because you don't have the courage to register a username before picking fights with people, so I can't refer to you by name), my opinions don't come from watching SLC Punk (a movie you've probably watched far more times than I have), they come from going to shows, being in bands, booking shows and watching the habits of touring bands and the audiences at said shows, as well as friends and acquaintances I have had who are part of the hard core DIY scene, for, oh, I don't know, going on ten years now. So, why don't you shut your mouth, or come up with an argument that isn't basically just, "Nuh-uh!" Everything I mentioned in the previous post, I have seen multiple times. Kids in high school go nuts over a band with a professionally screen-printed shirt. Kids in college go nuts over a shirt the band made in the van with stencils and spray paint. In each case, the quality of the band has no impact whatsoever. It's the novelty of how they've presented themselves. And if you can't see it happening, well, then, you're probably one of them, and you're too afraid to look in the mirror.
I have no problem with DIY ethics, if you couldn't decipher that. My band pretty much does everything ourselves, or through friends. That's not to say it's a moral choice. It's not to say we'll always do it that way. But I have a problem with people who think that the fact that they do everything themselves somehow makes them better than a band that doesn't. Did you ever consider that maybe some people get into this because they want to create music? Maybe they don't want to have to be a booking agent, record label and press secretary, too? In no other field that I can think of, is the artist supposed to do everything themselves. Did you ever think that, while you're busy worrying about the purity of your ethics, that all the time you spend doing it yourself is causing the purity of the music to suffer? It's not always the case, but a lot of DIY bands care more about the "doing-it-themselves" part than the "making something meaningful" part.

Anonymous (June 19, 2006)

And the whole "being hardcore DIY is the real selling out because you're living by someone else's rules!" argument is something so dumb that I could only read it on these messageboards.

Your guys' idea of punk sounds like is was made by 14 year olds who watched SLC Punk a lot.

Anonymous (June 19, 2006)

Scruffy, the only underground scene where bad recording is revered is the grind scene. So really, quit. You have no idea what the fuck you're talking about, just like 99% of the people on this site who have this dumbass reactionary stance against DIY.

No, the DIY scene doesn't hate bands because they take time creating what their art. It is, in fact, revered. I'm sure no one had a problem with early Bad Religion. So go fuck yourself.

Scruffy (June 19, 2006)

Or, some people actually care about the music they create more than the way they create it. This is my problem with the hardline DIY scene. How you do what you do, and how "DIY" it is, is more important than what you do.
These kids would rather by a burned CD-R of a band recorded on a walkman with random fabric sewn together for a case than buy a replicated album recorded in a studio, regardless of which band is the better band. That's just as stupid as selling out. The music should matter. If it's heart is in the right place, that's all that matters.
Besides, where does it stop being DIY? If your best friend knows a lot of people and likes to book tours, it'd still be considered DIY to let him book your tour, right? So why would hiring a professional tour manager not be DIY? What's the difference, other than that the tour manager has experience? How big does your label have to be, and how little do you have to know the person running it before its not DIY? Like, if my best friend has a label, and he puts my CD out, is that DIY? Hey, Mr. Brett has his own label, Epitaph, with his own band, Bad Religion. Is it DIY when he puts his CD out? To stick to an idea of HOW you should produce your art so completely that the idea itself overrides the art is selling out to me.

Anonymous (June 19, 2006)

"but I also understand that DIY can be used as a stepping stone to get somewhere else without disprespecting the scene or the ethics"

You don't understand shit. Try dedicating your fucking life to this cause and then having a band who used you completely turn their backs and fuck you over for money and fame. DIY is the only realm of music where fans matter as much as the musicians. And you like the Bronx or whoever. Go to some DIY shows, then talk your shit. Until then, shut the fuck up.

Anonymous (June 19, 2006)

Awesome band, I'm tired of people bitching about how much they miss FYP. TTK is killer, both live and on plastic.

Word to that. But you have to admit FYP had something magical about them that has been absent from punk rock since their demise.

GreenVandal (June 19, 2006)

The sound of the bass makes me think Dilinger Four.

Anonymous (June 18, 2006)

Awesome band, I'm tired of people bitching about how much they miss FYP. TTK is killer, both live and on plastic.

Scruffy (June 18, 2006)

I think it sounds like it was recorded "in the ass-end of some kid's basement." At least the first song on their myspace does.

the_other_scott (June 18, 2006)

Justin, i totally understand. and i definetly respect those who take the DIY route, but I also understand that DIY can be used as a stepping stone to get somewhere else without disprespecting the scene or the ethics.

so i guess do it yourself until someone offers to help you out.

Fuzzy (June 18, 2006)

Not that you're wrong, but a lot of people in the smaller "DIY" scene tend to make music a secondary or complimentary exercise in their life, rather than the main moneymaker.

the_other_scott (June 18, 2006)

Why would they want to get bigger, anyway?

i don't know, maybe so they could make more money, have more fun, play to more people, travel to other countries, fix their van when it needs fixin, have more money for drugs and booze and new music,

those are some of the reasons that i can think of

gladimnotemo (June 18, 2006)

"This guys are fucking great and probably one of the most underrated bands out there right now. What amazes me is that someone bigger hasn't picked them up after 3 consistently awesome records. They'd be perfect for Swami or Fat."

Well, considering Todd runs Recess, it would be pretty stupid for this band to go to another label to do their records. They did do a 7" on Asian Man, but everything else (including FYP) has been on Recess.

Why would they want to get bigger, anyway?

GreenVandal (June 17, 2006)

I heard a few songs...not bad. I'll have to look into this.

sirens (June 17, 2006)

im a fan of these dudes.

Anonymous (June 16, 2006)

This guys are fucking great and probably one of the most underrated bands out there right now. What amazes me is that someone bigger hasn't picked them up after 3 consistently awesome records. They'd be perfect for Swami or Fat.

Anonymous (June 16, 2006)

Just heard a few of the songs and they're awesome as usually. I really dug Citizen Abortion and Control the Sun and from what I've heard so far this is yet another excellent record from these guys.

shredsavage (June 16, 2006)

I fucking love this band.

Anonymous (June 16, 2006)

One of my favorites of the year so far.

boba_fett (June 16, 2006)

theres a show on the comedy network called puppets that kill. its pretty shitty.

sickboi (June 16, 2006)

Adam has a cat. Ghey.

lushj (June 16, 2006)

After the jaw-droppingly awesome "Control The Sun" it's gotta be tough to do another record. TTK definitely rose to the occasion though- been listening to this off and on for days and yes, it's not yet as great as "Control the Sun" but it's 50 times better than most of the other bands you and I listen to.

And live? Yes, please.

Anonymous (June 16, 2006)

Best band

gypsymazzurco (June 16, 2006)

Good album, doesnt grab me like Control the Sun did though.

adam (June 16, 2006)

"I've been told the sound of mewing cats bursting forth from your speakers can wreak havoc with those felines living with you."

Told by me. My cat freaked out when this CD started. Fun record.

-adam

recordtheory (June 16, 2006)

it's a contest between this band and the ergs! as to who is the most underrated band out there today. and it's a close match!

gladimnotemo (June 16, 2006)

Recess has the best advertisements ever. I have this, but I haven't really listened to it more than once.

almostpunkenough (June 16, 2006)

this album is awesome. save the gimmick review for something that needs it.

Anonymous (June 16, 2006)

Love this album. Love this band.

TTK have done it again. The Sean Cole written songs littered between all the Todd Congelliere songs make for some great album flow and diversity. Fun stuff. I've been into this band since their inception, but I still haven't had the oppertunity to see them live yet... *sigh*

Anonymous (June 16, 2006)

good review. i love the new album

Anonymous (June 16, 2006)

AAA, Toys That Kill, and Cleveland Bound Death Sentence in the same day of reviews? very cool.

nineden (June 16, 2006)

This band is profoundly underrated.

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