This Birmingham (England) based sister fronted outfit have been not-so-quietly carving out their own niche in the Americana and Roots music scene for a while now, so if you haven’t been to one of their shows before you are in for a real treat. And, although it may seem improbable that two young women from the Midlands would have the ability to produce authentic and innovative Country music, you really should leave those pre-conceptions at the door.
Now on their fourth offering from their own label Wood Ville Music, new album, ‘Whiskey’ is released on June 24th 2012, distributed by Proper. It was recorded in their home studio in Birmingham UK, but was edited and mixed by Grammy nominated engineer/producer Ben Surratt in his studio The Rec Room, Nashville TN. This is their first cd to be half original material half covers, and while previous recordings have been more acoustic and bluegrass orientated, this is an homage to some of the other genres that inspire the band, particularly Western Swing, Rockabilly, Jazz and Blues. As the album title suggests, there is a healthy dose of good ol’ drinking songs Whiskey, Pass The Jack, Me and My Gin.
It is an album about vices, drinking in particular, and coping with working in a world where the drinks are always flowing. Lyrically it deals with the fall out from failed relationships, heartbreak, lonesomeness and issues of self control, but despite this, the feel of the album remains determinedly upbeat, there is definite joy and even humor in both the playing and songs. The Toy Hearts continue to develop their own signature style of songwriting; with catchy choruses, blood harmonies, hot guitar and steel picking.
With an extensive UK tour Spring & Summer 2012, a return to the USA in October, and with fans in people as diverse as Bob Harris, Robert Plant, Ronnie Wood, Rob da Bank, and Imelda May isn’t it time you saw them for yourself?
(On Whiskey) 'This is a great album by one of Britain's best country groups.' - - David Knowles, Maverick, July 2012
'Mixing influences from country music at the time of Hank Williams with influences from the blues of the 1930er/40er years together with elements of Brit Soul, from Dusty Springfield to Amy Winehouse. This sounds and is exciting, thrilling and hot.' - -Broken Silence, July 2012
(On Whiskey) 'The Toy Hearts are a tenacious bunch and inject an urgency which doesn't let up. Now, supplemented by a gifted rhythm team, fiddle and piano, it makes a big statement... You'll soon be juke joint jumpin' on a Saturday night!' - - David Kushar, Spiral Earth, July 2012