ToyGuitar heat things up with blistering ‘In This Mess’ release

Toy Guitar‘In This Mess’
ToyGuitar (Fat Wreck Chords)
3.5 stars out of 5

With inches upon inches of snow coating the region this winter, California collective ToyGuitar are doing their best to heat things up. The all-star collective featuring members of Swingin’ Utters and ReVolt, tap into a jangly beach vibe on “In This Mess.”

ToyGuitar_Fat938_LPsleeveOUTLINED.inddFronted by Utters guitarist Jack Dalrymple, ToyGuitar also feature Utters guitarist Miles Peck, ReVolts bassist Paul Oxborrow and drummer Rosie Gonce. It’s a formidable foursome that I hope will continue making music together.

“I don’t think there was anything intentional (about the summery, surfy vibe of ‘In This Mess’),” Oxborrow explains. “But I will say that we recorded the album in the middle of July, on vintage-y Fender equipment, and heavily under the influence of fish tacos. Maybe some of that rubbed off.”

ToyGuitar come out of the gates firing on the efficient 12-track, 28-minute slab with “Human Hyenas” and “When It Was Over.” The fun continues with standouts like the title track, “Static Attraction,” “Let’s Talk in the Shower,” “Find You” and “Loose in a Room.” Rock on. (Jeffrey Sisk)


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