AN INTERVIEW WITH…MAXIM ‘PANDA’ BARRON (TOY)

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TOY – Back in business

TOY have announced their return to the psychedelic scene with the news of third-studio-album Clear Shot. To coincide with the release, the shoegaze-y, krautrock-y Brighton band are heading across the UK for the first time in over a year.

Ahead of their packed end-of-2016 schedule, Loose Cardigan Of Ideas quizzed Maxim ‘Panda’ Barron about what to expect from their live performance and which direction Clear Shot veers down.

YOU HEAD BACK OUT ON TOUR NEXT MONTH – HOW ARE YOU FEELING ABOUT THAT?

“We are really excited, man, it is going to be great. We haven’t done a proper tour for about a year and a half so everyone is itching to get in the van and go around the country.”

THE NEWCASTLE SHOW IS NOVEMBER 25TH – DO YOU HAVE ANY OUTSTANDING MEMORIES FROM PLAYING UP HERE?

“Yeah! We had a good night at The Cluny last time. We have a few friends from London that now live in London. Our friend Aidan plays in a band called Half Loon and he has came up to Newcastle to show us around a few times.

“We love playing in the North East. My family are from Darlington so I used to go up there when I was a ‘wee bairn.'”

CLEAR SHOT COMES OUT ON OCTOBER 28 – WILL MUCH OF THAT BE PLAYED ON TOUR?

“Definitely! At the moment we are only playing a couple of old ones. We are trying to figure out which old ones to do, but we will be playing pretty much all of Clear Shot.”

HAS THERE BEEN MUCH OF A REACTION TO THE ALBUM YET?

“Yeah! It has been really good actually and everyone seems to like it. We only have two songs from it out at the moment, but our friends like them and that is always lovely to know.”

IS THERE MUCH OF A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE SELF-TITTLED DEBUT, JOIN THE DOTS AND CLEAR SHOT?

“I think it is pretty different. It was done with a different producer in a different studio. It still has our sound, but it is definitely different.”

WHAT ELSE CAN WE EXPECT FROM TOY?

“We have another EP coming out with the record so that is another five songs. I think we will be touring England and Europe and getting ready to record straight away because this record took so long.”

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Tickets for TOY’s upcoming tour are available here.

Pre-order Clear Shot here.

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