T.O.Y.

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T.O.Y.
Also known as Evils Toy
Origin Germany
Genres Electro-pop, Futurepop, synthpop, dark electro (early)
Years active 1992–present
Members Volker Lutz
Christian "Léo" Leonhardt
Markus Helmert
Past members Thorsten Brenda
Oliver Taranczewski
Cordula K.

T.O.Y. is a German Futurepop/Synthpop band. The project was formerly known as Evils Toy, which was closer to electro-industrial in sound.

History[edit]

as Evils Toy[edit]

Evils Toy started out in 1992 as the project of Volker Lutz and Thorsten Brenda. They duly prepared a demo tape which secured their signature to the Hypnobeat label, who released their debut album "Human Refuse" in 1994. Their combination of distorted vocals and EBM rhythms with occasional touches of melody proved relatively successful, though their real breakthrough came two years later with their "Organics" single, which received significant airplay on both sides of the Atlantic.

The "Illusion" album in 1997 was the last by this act that might accurately be defined as "industrial". Even then, there were signs that the band's style was moving towards synthpop, with the "Angel's Only!" album the following year moving away from distorted vocals. This was the first Evils Toy recording to feature Oliver Taranczewski, as well as the last recorded with Thorsten Brenda. For background vocals and live keyboards Volker brought in his long-time girlfriend. She appears in the videos for "Virtual State" and "Dream With Me". "Silvertears" in 2000 was the last release under the name Evils Toy. The project was known as "T.O.Y." thereafter.

as T.O.Y.[edit]

Soon after renaming themselves, the re-formed band released their first album: "Space Radio", which defined a fresh and revitalized style. Their second album under the name, White Lights, was diverse and followed a similar line that was familiar to listeners of the previous album.

The band have produced many remixes for other bands like Apoptygma Berzerk, In Strict Confidence, De/Vision and !Bang Elektronika. Volker has also undertaken many album productions in his SonicStage Recording Studios. He has worked with bands like And One, L'Âme Immortelle, Funker Vogt and Pulcher Femina.

In 2004 Volker made a song for the German radio play "The three investigators"-Song contest. Also in 2004, the computer game giant Konami used a special song done by T.O.Y. on the new PS2 & Xbox release: "Dance Dance Revolution Ultramix 2". The track was a remix of the popular DDR and Beatmania IIDX song "i feel..." by famous game music composer, Akira Yamaoka. Bands like Neuropa, Echo Image, Alien#Six13 and Midihead have also contributed to the soundtrack.

In 2005 Oliver released an album under the name Yavin 4 in the US. An album sounding more like the older Evils Toy releases mixed with modern dance and drum & bass elements. Also he produced the Cruciform Injection album "Aftermath" that has been released in 2006

After split-up rumours concerning the future of T.O.Y. they are, in fact, working on new songs. All such songs are more or less raw demos, some with vocals, some without, but represent the kind of music fans expect to hear on the next T.O.Y. release.

In May 2009 Taranczewski left the band for good. Volker will finish the album, entitled "PAIN IS LOVE", on his own.[1]

Members[edit]

  • Volker Lutz (vocals, arrangements, programming, producer).
  • Christian "Léo" Leonhardt (drums).
  • Markus Helmert (keyboards).

Discography[edit]

as Evils Toy[edit]

  • Human Refuse – (CD Album) 1993 – Hypnobeat • (CD) 1995 – Metropolis • (CD Reissue) 2001 – Sonicstage
  • Dear God (Remix) – (CD Maxi) 1994 – Hypnobeat
  • Morbid Mind – (CD Album) 1994 – Hypnobeat • (CD) 1996 – Metropolis
  • Organics – (CD Maxi) 1995 – Hypnobeat
  • The Old Race – (CD Maxi, Ltd. Edition) 1996 – Hypnobeat
  • XTC Implant – (CD Album) 1996 – Hypnobeat, Metropolis
  • Evils Toy Box – (CD Album, Ltd. Edition, Metal Box) 1997 – Hypnobeat
  • Illusion – (CD Album) 1997 – Metropolis, Eraser
  • Angel's Only! – (CD Album) 1998 – Metropolis, Eraser
  • Transparent Frequencies – (CD Maxi w/ multimedia video) 1998 – Eraser
  • Silvertears – (CD Album) 2000 – E-Wave Records
  • Virtual State – (CD Maxi) 2000 – E-Wave Records
  • Evilution: The Best of Evils Toy – (CD Enhanced) 2002 – Sonicstage

Compilation appearances (as Evils Toy)[edit]

  • Body Rapture Vol. 3 – (CD) 1994, Track #9 "Make Up" – Zoth Ommog
  • We Came to Dance Vol. V – (CD) 1994, Track #14 "Third World War" – Sub Terranean
  • Diva Performance 10th Anniversary – (CD) 1995, Track #4 "Sacred (Diva Mix '95)" – Cinemanyx
  • Hypnobeats – (CD) 1995, Track #5 "Make Up" – Hypnobeat
  • Moonraker Vol. II – (2xCD) 1995, Disc #1, Track #14 "Make Up" – Sub Terranean
  • There Is No Time – (4xCD) 1995, Disc #4, Track #13 "Dear God" – Ras Dva Records
  • We Came to Dance – Indie Dancefloor Vol. VII – (CD) 1995, Track #5 "Dear God" – Sub Terranean
  • Belle Epoque – Romantic Wave Episodes – (CD) 1996, Track #15 "Lonely" – Sub Terranean
  • Hypnobeats 2 – (CD) 1996, Track #1 "Organics" – Hypnobeat
  • Sound-Line Vol. 4 – (CD) 1996, Track #5 "Home" – Side-Line
  • The Digital Space Between Vol. 3 – (CD) 1996, Track #11 "Dear God (X-Marks The Pedwalk Remix)" – Cleopatra
  • The Gothic Compilation Part 5 – (CD) 1996, Track #5 "Home" – Gothic Records (Germany)
  • Alternative – (CD Promo) 1997, Track #7 "Prevision" – Nova Tekk
  • German Mystic Sound Sampler Volume VI – (CD) 1997, Track #10 "The Old Race"
  • Moonraker Vol. 3 – (2xCD) 1997, Disc #1, Track #4 "Dizzy Divination" – Sub Terranean
  • Virtual X-mas 97 – (CD Mini) 1997, Track #5 "Virtual X-mas 97" – Energy Records
  • We Came to Dance – Indie Dancefloor Vol. 10 – (2xCD) 1997, Disc #2, Track #9 "Organics" – Sub Terranean
  • Best of Electronic Music – (2xCD, Ltd. Edition) 1998, Disc #1, Track #11 "Transparent Frequencies" – TCM Musikproduktionsgesellschaft mbH • (CD) 1998, Track #11 "Transparent Frequencies" – TCM Musikproduktionsgesellschaft mbH
  • Cyberl@b – (2xCD) 1998, Disc #2, Track #7 "Lucifer's Garden" – Nuclear Blast
  • Deejay Tribe – (2xCD) 1998, Disc #2, Track #11 "Transparent Frequencies" – Credo
  • Electrocity Level X – (CD) 1998, Track #8 "Lucifer's Garden" – Ausfahrt
  • Electropolis: Volume 1 – (CD) 1998, Track #12 "Organics (Slow Motion Mix)" – Metropolis
  • Hypnotic & Hypersonic – (2xCD) 1998, Disc #2, Track #3 "Organics (Remix)" – Hyperium Records
  • Innovation Eins – (CD, Ltd. Edition metal case) 1998, Track #6 "Motionless" – Credo, Nova Tekk • (CD) 1998, Track #6 "Motionless" – Credo, Nova Tekk
  • Moonraker Vol. IV – (2xCD) 1998, Disc #1, Track #2 "Co-Existence" – Sub Terranean
  • Sauna – Våren 1998 – (CD) 1998, Track #2 "Motionless" – Sauna Magazine
  • Sender Rio Presents Rock and Wave – (2xCD) 1998, Disc #1, Track #1 "Fallen Angel" – Credo
  • Stage 1 – (CD) 1998, Track #1 "Co-Existence" – Schwarzrock
  • We Came to Dance – Indie Dancefloor Vol. 11 – (2xCD) 1998, Disc #2, Track #4 "Lucifers Garden (Remix)" – Sub Terranean
  • We Came To Watch Part 1 – (VHS) 1998, Video #5 "Co-Existence" – Credo
  • Body Rapture 7 – (2xCD) 1999, Disc #1, Track #3 "In Silence (Album Mix)" – Zoth Ommog
  • Body Rapture 8 – (2xCD) 1999, Disc #1, Track #5 "Co-Existence" – Zoth Ommog
  • Cover Classics Volume One – (CD) 1999, "In The Army Now" – VISION Records
  • Deejay Tribe 2 – (2xCD) 1999, Disc #1, Track #6 "Angels Only! – Beyond" – Credo
  • Electro Club Attack – Shot One – (2xCD) 1999, Disc #1, Track #11 "Angles Only! > Beyond" – XXC
  • Electro Club Attack – Shot Two – (2xCD) 1999, Disc #2, Track #6 "Lucifer's Garden (Remix)" – XXC, Zoomshot Media Entertainment
  • Electro Mania – (CD) 1999, Track #5 "Mad Modern Dream" – Zoth Ommog
  • Memobeat – An Electro Industrial Compilation – (CD) 1999, "Transparent Frequencies" – Memento Materia
  • The Electronic Challenge Vol. 3 – (CD) 1999, Track #6 "Transparent Frequencies (Klupp Miks)" – COP international
  • 'Gothic Compilation Part XI – (CD) 2000, Track #5 "Rainbow vs. Stars" – Betbeliever Releases
  • Electro Club Attack – The Classix I – (2xCD) 2001, Disc #1, Track #3 "Make Up" – XXC
  • DJ Revelation 01 (Compiled By L'âme Immortelle) – (CD Mixed) 2003, Track #8 "Make Up" – Angelstar
  • Tonedeaf Records Presents: Vinyl Conflict No. 1 – (CD) 2003, Track #2 "Space Radio" – ToneDeaf Records
  • Synth & Wave Essentials – (DVD) 2005, Track #19 "Virtual State" – ZYX Music

as T.O.Y.[edit]

  • Space Radio – (CD Album) 2001 – E-Wave Records, XIII BIS Records • (CD Album) 2004 – Art Music Group
  • Fairytale – (CD) 2003 – A Different Drum
  • White Lights – (CD) 2003 – A Different Drum
  • White Lights (Fan Edition) – (2xCD) 2003 – E-Wave Records
  • Pain is Love – (CD) 2015

Compilation appearances (as T.O.Y)[edit]

  • Club Bizarre 2 – (2xCD) 2001, Disc #1, Track #8 "Welcome to Spaceradio" – Angelstar
  • Strange Love 5 – (CD) 2001, Track #1 "Strange Modern Art" – Orkus
  • Advanced Electronics – (2xCD) 2002, Disc #1, Track #6 "Loner (Remix)" – Synthetic Symphony
  • Dark Decryption – The Electro Remix Selection Vol. 02 – (2xCD) 2002, Disc #1, Track #14 "Dream With Me (Massiv In Mensch Remix)" – XXC
  • Synth & Wave Essentials – (2xCD) 2002, Disc #2, Track #4 "We Are Electric" – ZYX Music
  • Zillo Dark Summer – Best of Goth Open Airs 2002 – (2xCD) 2002, Disc #1, Track #7 "Dream With Me (Fairlage Mix)" – Zillo
  • Gothic Compilation Part XX – (CD) 2003, Track #10, "Long Distance Ride" – Batbeliever Releases
  • Orkus Compilation VII – (CD Sampler, Enhanced) 2003, Track #3 "Long Distance Ride" – Orkus
  • Sonic Seducer Cold Hands Seduction Vol. 28 – (CD Sampler) 2003, Track #1 "Long Distance Ride" – Sonic Seducer
  • Stromschlag Volume 1 – (CD) 2003, Track #7 "Dream With Me (Massiv In Mensch-Remix)" – Electro Shock Records
  • Listen to the Future – (CD) 2004, Track #2 "Color Matching" – A Different Drum
  • Synthpop Club Anthems 3 – (CD) 2004, Track #6 "Another Lovesong (Trance Mix By Massiv In Mensch)" – A Different Drum
  • The Collector's Set of Dark Electronic – (3xCD) 2004 Disc #3 Tracks #1-#14 – E-Wave Records
  • Synth & Wave Essentials Vol. 2 – (2xCD) 2005, Disc #1, Track #2 "Do Dreams Bleed (Memphis Mix)" – ZYX Music
  • DDR Festival & Dance Dance Revolution Strike Original Soundtrack – (2xCD Partially Mixed) 2006, Disc #1, Track #42 "I Feel... (T.O.Y. Remix)" – Toshiba EMI Ltd

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