Toy Devils

Toy Devils

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Toy Devils is an energetic explosion of atmospheric noise and exciting rock music in the vein of such musicians as The Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth, Queens of the Stone of Age, and others.

Biography

Toy Devils began in late 2005 as collaboration between Jason Tincher and Winchester Goggin, in an effort to reign in Jason's unusual and twisted singer-songwriter works into a more live, band-oriented environment to channel the boundless manic energy. The project quickly picked up speed, moving out of the padded living rooms that had been the setting of early recordings and insane ranting.
Matt Foster joined the band in early 2006, bringing a more dynamic element to the previously straightforward rock style of the band. M. Foster quickly became a catalyst for energy-riddled antics and the crowd pleasing persuasion of the shows. Shortly thereafter, Matthew Conley officially joined in late '06 to round out the sound and style with his indie rock sensibility.
Having worked together in other bands, the live performance aspects (such as intense crowd involvement, bizarre and often tongue-in-cheek visuals, walls of sonic attacks) took very little time to establish, and have quickly become the most talked about aspect of the Toy Devils musical arsenal. Solid yet bombastic performance, limitless energy, and a call and response crowd involvement permeate the bands live shows.
The lyrical styling is reminiscent of storytellers ranging from Harry Chapin's cynical love stories to Eddie Vedder’s unforgiving narratives to Les Claypool’s bizarre rambling. Influences for the group range widely: from calm, blue note jazz such as Miles Davis and John Coltrane, to psychotically discordant noise, namely Sonic Youth, Melvins, and so on. Direct influences to the Toy Devils’ sound are The Smashing Pumpkins, Queens of the Stone Age, Nirvana, Failure, Eels, Sonic Youth, Murder By Death, The White Stripes, and the Trifecta. Other avenues of art, literature, and life also greatly influence the band, to produce a whole that is more than just a sum of its parts.

Lyrics

Afterthought

Written By: Toy Devils

My mind fluttered on and everything began
twisted medley of disjointed philosophy
and a cool wind blowin through my hair
blowin through my hair

As sunlight winces my eye
a summer breeze wizzes by
a wave a passing goodbye

Enigmas fade and overexposed memory began
gurgling babies and first steps nowhere to be found
but ripped up hearts and lies twinkle and sparkle all around me
magnified, twisted and gone fast away

As sunlight winces my eye
a summer breeze wizzes by
a wave a passing goodbye
ohnananananananananananananananananananana

Selfish: what will they remember of me?
will they ever, will they ever think of me?

Puddle Jumper

Written By: Toy Devils

It's a beautiful day
Can't even get outta bed
The sky is ashen and gray-
puddles dotting the ground.
Nothing but clouds and rain,
and those thoughts in my head.
What'll I do today
with those thoughts in my head?

I am who I am, but what good is that?
What can I do, 's not been done before?
Living in a stagnant time, where nothing seems to change.
I am who I am, but who am I?

Stand out in the rain
Puddle filling my shoes
Jump and Splash away
Walk on soaking wet
Searching for myself
Searching for myself

I am who I am, but what good is that?
What can I do, 's not been done before?
Living in a stagnant time, nothing seems to change.
I am who I am, but who am I?

My Name Is Jim

Written By: Toy Devils

He said, "Hello, my name is Jim, and I know we've never met before, but man have I got a story for you.
You see I've written about you my whole life. Might I ask you for your name?"
But this man Jim he smelled of piss and beer and cigarettes, so I gave him a five and went on my way.
He grabbed my wrists and said, "hey man, just read a page!"
So i took them from his filthy hands.

Having one hell of a time
Figuring out this lie
My whole life written out in a few chicken scratch lines
Having one hell of a time!

I read on in awed horror about every moment of my life:
signed, dated and incredibly detailed down to the very thoughts in my head.
I looked to Jim with surprise in my eyes, said, "Hey man what the hell is going on?!?"
He looked to me said, "Man I don't have a clue, but you have haunted me for my whole life."

Having one hell of a time
figuring out this lie
My whole life written out in a few chicken scratch lines
Having one hell of a time
One hell of a time!

Discography

Tea for Three- Self Released EP with streaming audio on myspace and pure volume.

Set List

We do not currently do covers, however, we are working on a cover of both Joanna Newsome's the Book of Right On, and Jim Henson's Rainbow Connection. Our set varies, but is normally 30-45 minutes and includes a variation of the following songs:
Losing My Mind
Versatile Skull
Puddle Jumper
Atop My Shoulders
Sacchrine Smile
Cold Toes
Proud Father
Space Debris
Welcome Home
Let Em Come
Gorgeous
Afterthought
My Name is Jim (which seems to be the crowd favorite)
Sputter Out
Propaganda