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Toys for Elliot

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Toys for Elliot was Kymberly Drake and Five Seventeen. Kym was an accomplished self-taught pianist and Five was still figuring his way around a fretboard. From 1994-1995, they would get together whenever they could and try to come up with a few songs. A purchase of a 4-track and a year later they compiled a few of their songs onto a cassette and dubbed a reserved 30 copies.

From 1995-1999, they continued to get together to play and record as often as they could. Kymberly began to work on her solo performances and joined Hamilton’s The Winter Market as singer and songwriter. Meanwhile Five began to work with College friend Patti Kim in GEoRGiA and The 25 Cent Soul Project while also doing noise experiments under the name 5MP. During that time Toys for Elliot would bring out their instruments when they got together and continued to play. Toys for Elliot never broke up.

In September of 1999, Kymberly, who was born with cystic fibrosis, died in the week following a lung transplant. In the weeks following her death many of the songs were remixed and compiled for a cassette called A National Tape (mmm011). In 2001, with the purchase of a CD burner the songs were again revisited and put together in a definitive collection of the band’s output.

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