But remember when rock was anti-fashion, didn’t stay in neat little categories, represented deviation from the norm?
Remember when rock plundered other genres
and threw the bits into a hot cauldron?
Remember when rock meant bands with nothing in common other than a liking for loud guitars, stomping beats, electric hooks?
12 Stone Toddler bring this ethic back into the modern world. A marriage of opposites, combining heady eclecticism with a love of the three minute wonder. All shiny and new, yet visited at night by the ghosts of 20th century music. Swaggering with the chutzpah of a naked child threatening to wedge a fork into the electrical socket, each twist and swivel brings a new reason to love this band.
The enfant terrible of songwriters Chris Otero (vocals/bass) and Ben Jones (keyboards), infused with the potent musicianship of Pat Garvey (drums) and Randall Breneman (guitar), this is full blooded rock and roll, that recognises no boundaries.
With their boisterous debut album “Does It Scare You” already out on the streets and playing with the older kids, and having raised an army of followers and fanatics in their hometown of Brighton; 12 Stone Toddler spent the summer of 2008 unleashing their fierce live show out onto the UK festival scene:- straight after completing their second album, due for release in February 2009 on Amazon Records.
Having played live radio sessions with Mark Lamarr and Tom Robinson, received numerous plays on Radio 2 and Radio 6, sold out gigs at Brighton’s Komedia and Concorde 2 and London’s ICA, pulled big and loving crowds who jumped, gyrated and sang along at Glastonbury, Beautiful Days, Larmer Tree, Winterwell and Fire Gathering festivals; and with stunning videos shown internationally on MTV, here is a band accustomed to the big stage and ready to take on the world.
“Under the Weather” is the first single from “Scheming”, the new 12 stone Toddler album. Imagine the Beach Boys’ harmony meets electro-punk meets psychedelic soul meets one heavy three note riff. Lyrically reminiscent of Voodoo Chile or I Can See for Miles and Miles it’s a song about a man at one with the elements. A delirious anthem, punctuated by thunder and lit up by lightning flashes.
It’s a distillation of what Toddler is all about, made into a pop soundbite like Superman squeezed a perfect diamond from a coal.
Make it your mantra.
“… without question the best debut album of the millennium… hands down one of the best debuts I’ve ever heard.”
Tim Wardyn - music-critic.com
“…this is a fantastic album…Does It Scare You? will surprise you by being one of the best albums of the year so far.”
Phill May - rockmidgets.com
“…this is the past & future of rock n roll, make it the present, buy it.”
“”… listening to this gigantic infant’s debut WILL make you cooler.”
Edited by AmazonRecords on 15 Oct 2008, 12:44
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