TOY MOUNTAINS Reveal Video For New Track ‘Hard Done By’
November 2016 UK Tour Dates w/ Donnie Willow Annouced
New EP I Swore I’d Never Speak of This Again Released 25th November 2016 via Crooked Noise Records
Glasgow’s Toy Mountains are extremely pleased to reveal a tense new videofor previously unreleased new track ‘Hard Done By’, the latest to be taken from their new EP I Swore I’d Never Speak of This Again available to pre-order now and released on 25th November 2016 via Crooked Noise Records.
To celebrate the release of the EP the band have also announced a short run of UK headline dates with support from fellow Glaswegian alt-rock trio Donnie Willow (see below for details).
Shot by Jarvis L Gray of Nadsat Collective and designed by Julian Bailey, the taut and macabre black and white visuals are the perfect accompaniment to the band’s brand of claustrophobic and skittering progressive alternative rock, which is already racking up support from the likes of Rock Sound, Clash, Upset, Kerrang! Radio, BBC Radio One and more.
Speaking about the influence behind the track, Greg Lyden (vocals & guitars) said: “The song is about choosing to go your own way in life. It’s about a personal struggle I’ve faced but one that I feel may resonate with others; not making what other people might see as the correct choices just because it’s expected of you, and how their expectations can hold you back and affect your sense of self-worth.
“The lyrics come to the conclusion of finding strength in defiance against doing what others may expect of you, even if that means leaving them behind. It was one of the first songs we wrote for the EP and it really helped set the tone for how we wanted the rest of the release to sound.”
A progressive alternative rock band with strong math-rock and post-hardcore influences, this four-piece exist solely to create music without boundaries. The epicentre of the band’s creative direction has one purpose: to evoke emotion. Whether it be happiness, sadness or blackout rage, Toy Mountains ruthlessly ensure that any audience is fully engaged and will leave having gained something memorable from the experience.
Their previous single ‘Old Friends’ has been picking up praise from Daniel P Carter and Phil Taggart at BBC Radio One, Alex Baker at Kerrang! Radio, Aaron Phillips and Jim Gellatly at Amazing Radio, Alex Irons at Total Rock and Roundhouse Radio, and many more specialist rock shows.
I Swore I’d Never Speak of This Again is released on 25th November 2016 via Crooked Noise Records.
Toy Mountains 2016 Live Dates w/ Donnie Willow:
23rd November – NEWCASTLE, Think Tank
25th November – EDINBURGH, La Belle Angèle
26th November – GLASGOW, Nice N Sleazy
Commenting on the new record, the band say: “I Swore I’d Never Speak of This Again is ultimately a culmination of where we all are in our lives – and all the triumphs and anxieties that accompany that. It details our experiences as twenty-somethings attempting to chase and a build a career in something we are all passionate about, whilst simultaneously being uncertain about the future. All of the songs on the record pull in the same direction, rather than being many different parts that are unnaturally forced together.”
Whether it be a sense of self-worth, depression, financial stability, relationships with friends and family, or an ability to grow as a person, second-guessing whether you’re doing the right thing in the long term is something we all experience at some point. For this reason more than any other, I Swore I’d Never Speak of This Again is an EP which is profoundly relatable to most, and extremely personal to the band themselves.
Citing the likes of Deftones, Glassjaw, Touche Amore, Reuben and Blakfish as influences, it’s easy to see how Toy Mountains have been able to carve out such an earnest and accomplished sound so early in their career. Their 2014 debut For A Few Seconds, Came Harmony was followed by the first taste of this caustic new sound on 2016 single I Could Care Less which immediately racked up rock radio support from the likes of Kerrang! Radio, Team Rock and the BBC Radio One Rock Show.
With I Swore I’d Never Speak Of This Again the band take a further stride into the unknown with the experimentation, but one thing’s for sure – they’re constantly searching for that connection with their audience, that spark of empathy that makes the most special of art alive with possibility.
Toy Mountains are:
Callum McClune – Vocals, guitars
Greg Leyden – Vocals, guitars
Grant Malcolm – Vocals, bass
Matt Cowie – Drums
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