I went anticipating some god awful actress type
to come on twittering unconvincingly about life and death whilst generally
making a right fool of herself
I soon saw the light; several of them actually
and they were flickering. It was amongst these, and some taped effex that
they trundled into vision. The usual story of the girl-led band is that
on first acquaintance you take little-note of the band and concentrate
solely on the-ball of energy they call Tonka Toyah (small hard and irresistible)
and whilst her cohorts behind slip into an excellent pop style Gloria Mundi
soundtrack la Willcox begins her cavortings.
She didn't stop throwing herself around alt-night
despite the disgusting heat; forever bounding prancing and generally hurtling
about. We get tantalising glimpses of her manufactured madness as the band
provides the pulsating sanity because it’s not real horror, only a game
- but one of the best all the same.
Comparisons are apparent, not particularly with
the music as that is freshly compelling, both lump and odour free, but
Toyah when dancing combines the essence of Siouxsie with the kamikaze dash
of Adam Ant. Her feverish twirling stops, then a quick transfixing glare
and a dart away and bounce, bounce, bounce into the darkness.
Her and the boys are a unique blend that never
fall short of their aim - to hold your attention. Toyah also sings as bewitchingly
as she gyrates, with all the power of an insomniac tiger on the fast ones
and in occasional slowies tends to huskify a little. When not tearing left
or right she danced near the crowd, teasing and taunting all the while;
avoiding copulation by a whisker, plummeting to the floor whilst trying
to wrench the guitarist in half with her darting tongue. After the ‘Sheep
Farming’ encore where she discarded her blouse in the finest sexist tradition
there wasn’t a dry mouth in the house.
To suggest she doesn't play up, to her massive
sex appeal would be laughable. She's as energetic and outgoing as they
come. The dervish dancing did nothing to detract from her needle-sharp
singing and with this accomplished collective behind her there can't be
much preventing her stardom. I was hoping she’d kick me in the face but
that’s quite enough of that.
She tricked me into adoration. You’re next.