Toy in Store Record Release : Clear Shot 28 October Rough Trade East

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Hello Francis! Francis is the Lad I met at the Rough Trade signing last night. He's nine. And HE snagged a plectrum when the band had finished. YES!!
And hello to Francis' dad even though you're not a fan of Johnny Rotten... all right then... And hello to the Japanese lady in the queue for the signing, after the band played, with her son. It was definitely an all ages last night. It was lovely to see.

I first saw TOY supporting WIRE at the Lexington. Wire (the old geezers) went on FIRST. Then the older crowd cleared out and went the bar downstairs and the young kids arrived. A lot of hair, I remember. Aye-aye, the hippies have invaded.

TOY played in the dark pretty much and there was so much hair on stage bouncing about I couldn't tell you who was who but I really liked them.

When they took the Rough Trade stage last night I was a bit disappointed because the keyboard player (behind the column) and the guitarist had been shorn. Oh all right then. And I can't say I was totally blown away but then I'm not sure what it's like to play for a crowd that can only see you play if you've bought the record for 10:99... even if you do get to say hello and get it signed later... but there were some lovely songs. Lovely harmonies, and lovely guitar work. I'm still a fan of the Charlie, the drummer. Good consistent energy from Charlie. Francis liked the bass player. He liked the way his hair flew around.

"Dream Orchestra" - last song in set - had the energy to walk us into the weekend. I wasn't keen on Clouds That Cover The Sun... but Francis told me, "I think all the songs were good." All right, then.

Oh, and Francis, look what this guy got! Set list!

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