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Featuring an original blend of punk, avant-pop, Afro-Brazilian, funk, prog, new wave, and electronic dance music, each song is completely unlike any of the others: Fugazi meets Miles, Rose Royce meets batucada, Sun Ra meets Devo!
toyboat toyboat toyboat combines the heavy intensity of punk with catchy, quirky melodies reminiscent of the golden years of be-bop, along with rhythms from Brazil and the Balkans. The music is unique but accessible, and always unpredictable.
Audience members have remarked that it sounds like "Fugazi meets Miles," “Afrobeat meets Melvins," "Zappa meets Beastie Boys" and "Sun Ra meets Devo."
The instrumentation is unusual, but the results will make you boogie and mosh like any of the classic punk (or funk!) heavies. The brainy lyrics and rhythmic twists will appeal to the prog-minded. Yet, the raw sounds are pure indie rock.
The group mixes rock guitar, vocals and drums with the Drum Buddy (a rare light-controlled analog-synth-meets-turntable) and trumpet, with the latter played both acoustically and electronically through effects.
Jonathan Boober at Allmusic.com describes their sound: “If Raymond Scott, Martin Denny and Bootsy Collins decided to form a band at Ennio Morricone's house, it might sound something like toyboat toyboat toyboat."
LINE-UP Danny Norton (VJ Norto): Quintronics Drum Buddy, Keyboards, Vocals and Gadgets (of The Golden Greats and Eye Candy Music Video Museum)
Travis Henderson: Trumpet, Electric Trumpet and Lead Vocals (of Digital Knife, Bohemian Onslaught, and The Golden Greats)
Hank Failing: Guitar, Bass, Gadgets, Percussion, and Vocals (of Failing Records and Old Town Music)
Mehmet "Memo" Vurkac: Drum Set, Repinique, Tamborins, Timbal, Kanjira, Percussion, Sampler, Synth, Bass, and Vocals; Vurkac is also featured on Mirah's (a)spera album, and has recorded with Pink Martini, and performed with Olodum, Mirah, Pink Martini, Fishbone, Obo Addy, Tara Jane O’Neil, Takohachi, Lions of Batucada, Bloco Alegria, and MarchFourth Marching Band.