Consumer Guide: January 25/2018


TOY – Happy In The Hollow


(January 25th Tough Love Records)

Low-tempo Krautrock with a seriously languid groove. If Faust was secretly a bunch of goddamn hippies they would sound like this.

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“40 oz On Repeat” sounds like Weezer.  “Punks” sounds like the Black Keys.  “West Coast” sounds like the Gaslight Anthem.  “Why Generation” sounds like bad radio indie – like if Kula Shaker was covering the original songs of a Strokes cover band.  “Sober” is what Nada Surf would sound like if they were a goofy Epitaph pop punk band from the late Nineties.  “Leave Me Alone” sounds like an outtake from Colleen Green.

It just gets depressing after that.  Nothing sounds like FIDLAR.  Fuck this dude, none of this is a risk.  It’s the sound of a band that got some recognition for being good and immediately began scrambling towards the wads of cash that were being offered their way.

Oh well, it was fun while it lasted.  I’m going to go drink some cheap beer, because I like it, and because FIDLAR obviously prefers Heineken these days.