Liverpool’s dynamic 5-piece, Toy Car, makes a powerful return to the scene with their latest alt-rock marvel, Better Than Before. Following their BBC Radio 1 debut with the previous single Rat Race, this electrifying track reveals a more nuanced side of the band, showcasing thoughtful songwriting that crescendos into an explosive climax.
Recorded in Leeds with the renowned duo Harry Jordan and Dan Clifford Smith (known for their work with Alt-rockers Eades) and mixed by Ben Harper (The Mysterines, The Sherlocks), Better Than Before opens with a cascade of intricately picked guitars complementing lead vocalist Shaun’s breathy, understated delivery. The track builds anticipation through its reflective lyricism, gradually reaching a zenith at the midpoint.
Transitioning into a subtle, 70’s-inspired middle-eight featuring a tasteful yet vibrant guitar solo, the song culminates in a climactic final chorus, capturing the intoxicating energy that defines Toy Car’s electrifying live performances. With a nostalgic nod to Radiohead and Blur, the single retains a fresh edge, offering a glimpse into the band’s evolving sonic landscape.
Lead vocalist and main songwriter Shaun sheds light on the track’s alt-rock tendencies, expressing, “I’m a huge fan of that style of music, when I began buying music I was always drawn to that sound. This was the first song I felt like I captured that energy in our own unique way. I wrote this song during an isolated part of my life in my studio flat in Liverpool, it was a way of expressing that we are all human and we all make the same mistakes and can learn from them.”
After a stellar reception at Isle of Wight 2023, Toy Car has garnered enthusiastic support from BBC Radio 1. Named among This Feeling’s ‘Big In 23’ list, the band, despite playing their first shows in September 2022, continues to solidify their reputation as a captivating live act, showcasing their potential and a strikingly complete sound. Toy Car’s journey is one to watch, as they navigate the alt-rock landscape with Better Than Before.
Photos by Nathan Cole