It really is hard to think of many Scottish bands who made an immediate impact upon arrival, but one that sticks out in that reserved party is Toy Mountains.
Putting out For A Few Seconds, Came Harmony back in 2014, they had everybody talking from the offset, and just like that sparks of huge potential were seen. After a strenuously long wait, the quartet are ready to make the most of that aforementioned potential with their first proper EP – I Swore I’d Never Speak Of This Again.
Starting on the quiet side with nothing more than a smooth drum beat, they abruptly unleash into the impassioned opener Hard Done By, which is brimming with their trademark lyrical capabilities.
A brief interlude bridges into Full Circle, a short and to the point yet in-your-face track featuring a triad of robust screams throughout; a trait that steps up to another gear in the fierce main single Old Friends, with the addition of outstanding riffs and a tight rhythm section for good measure, all helping build to a frenzied climax.
Another interim is suddenly cut short by Everything Ends, firing in with the most frantic of mathy intros.
Soon, they wrap things up with Sight Reading, where they go into a completely different direction, but a much welcome one, with a solemn, eerily silent first half carried by a gentle piano, where frontman Callum hooks us in with an emotional vocal performance and strong lyrics, but before long it escalates to an all-out finale to cap off the EP in familiarly insane fashion.
A couple of years in the making, I Swore I’d Never Speak Of This Again does not disappoint. A superb record that exceeds on all fronts, one that we predict will help cement Toy Mountains as an assertive staple in the British rock industry.
Expect the guys to make massive waves in 2017 and beyond.