CAMDEN’S Dublin Castle will play host to new Indie kids on the block, ‘The Toy Band’ next month. The four-piece from Cardiff are no strangers to the Camden’s legendary music scene, having played their triumphant debut at Dingwalls during the BBC electric Proms sessions. They are heavily influenced by Dylan, the Kinks and the Beatles, and perhaps best described as raw, energetic, colourful and folky.

Forget glow sticks and other various New Rave paraphernalia- their sound is a mixture dirty riff based rock and roll, jaunty indie pop and string drenched lament! With harmonies like the Dandy Warhols, Pavement-guitar, thrown in with a bit of Coralesque Jangle-Pop, they have already received air-play from Radio 1 and Radio 4. BUT perhaps their greatest honour by far is being tipped for success by Ian McCulloch (Echo and the Bunnymen) who called them, “great musicians, great performers, they’ve got the magic ingredient”.

Look out for “Riff Song” which looks like a guaranteed hit, after winning them the ‘Pringles Unsung’ new bands competition. There is also a cutting elegy to Tony Blair’s premiership entitled ‘Antony’s Legacy’, which, as you can guess is filled with youthful disillusionment about today’s political climate.

They hate bands with no originality and music with grand epic gestures or clichéd lyrics- accusing them of creating an ‘emotional con’. The band, are rather more partial to a catchy 3 minute pop tune! Go down to hear fresh musical talent with punk ethics and a sense of humour. And if you like to hear a range of off key musical instruments-make sure you shout out after the set for a bit of improv on the penny whistle!!

The Toy Band
Dublin Castle
94 Parkway
22 September 2007
Doors open 7:30pm.
Tickets priced:£6/5