TOY, Underground Railroad And The Voyeurist
Underground Railroad, Clash Launch Party - Live At The Lexington, London

Although still relatively unknown, The Voyeurist blow the night up with a goth-like bang, churning out electronic nightmares through programmed beats and unceasing feedback. With only two people in the band you would suspect that the sound would not be that intense, but it comes out more like a choir of hyenas rather than a mere boy and girl duo.

French three-piece Underground Railroad provide arguably the best set of the night. They nail the stage presence with an over-enthusiastic drummer who throws a tambourine into the crowd, and a bassist that swerves robotically from side to side with a stereotypically Parisian pout, only breaking from the movement to quickly swig a can of Kronenbourg 1664. That’s where the clichés end though, there’s no cheese eating and certainly no surrendering here.

From creepy whispering to I’m-angry-at-everything shouts, the low-key band travel through an eclectic catalogue of songs heavily influenced by early ‘90s American grunge, leaving the crowd thinking “Underground Railroad, where have you been all my life?”

TOY are a band that every moody fedora wearing hipster is talking about at the moment - and there’s a good reason for that hype. You would never guess that three of them were a huge part of forgotten indie hopefuls Joe Lean And The Jing Jang Jong, as they have now burned and buried the catchy pop tunes for eight minute long hallucinogenic adventures.

They explore the depths of psychedelia, punk, kraut-rock, and a thousand other sub genres to spit out a hypnotically unique sound consisting of whirring guitars, ghostly synth lines and monotone vocals. This psychotic atmosphere is further amplified by the lead singer’s uncanny resemblance to serial killer Myra Hindley. Well, I suppose you’ve got to have an image these days.

They play latest single ‘Left Myself Behind’ early in the set, sending most members of the audience into a frenzy. With only two properly recorded songs online, it’s impressive that they have already attracted such a cult following so early in their life.

Tonight’s bands see the Lexington not only overladen with audible acid trips, but overwhelming potential. Don’t expect to see these guys playing venues this intimate for too long.

Words by Jamie Carson
Photo by Marc Sethi

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