In 2015, Toby Coke was formed as a result of the time and isolation brought by relocating to a new city. Toby Coke is a tightly wound offering of noise and rock & roll, with the intent of exploring scenarios regarding man’s evolution past biology. The debut album Time Negator is rich, diverse, and driving, echoing themes of deprivation, reconciliation, addiction, and humanity at the point of the technological singularity.
Time Negator reads like a post-apocalyptic novel, unsure of how exactly we’ll get to this dusty, deserted wasteland but sure of its inevitability if humanity continues as is. Under hazy riffs that are equal parts PUJOL and Parquet Courts, thoughtful lyrics showcase the numbing effects of our technological dependence (“Off and on again, I don’t feel anything,” sings Joseph Frankl on “Equalizer”) and the dangers of our political and social apathy. (Heartbreaking Bravery called Monsanto take-down track “Face Taker” a “lo-fi, mid-tempo, shoegaze-leaning post-punk gut-punch. Intensely melodic and completely unapologetic in its viciousness [and] too impossibly great to ignore.”) Time Negator implores us to ask ourselves the real questions:
In how many ways will we say that things will be ok?
Where was the data all stored before?
How can I remove this burden of time?
And of course:
Are you man or machine?
Limited to 350 translucent red cassettes, Toby Coke’s Time Negator is out July 22nd as part of the Infinity Cat Cassette Series, curated by Casey Weissbuch.