Dead as a Dodo

by Joy As A Toy

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Isaac Luna This album isn't the soundtrack to a thriller movie. This album is a thriller movie. Favorite track: Mechanical Love.
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Sand The band got the idea to mix Horror movies musics&sounds to Pop&Rock with a light touch of old school. The result is just brilliant and incredibly catchy despite numerous experimental or weird bits. It's less ambitious than Goblin best stuff but a lot more catchy and more easy to listen.
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Almost precisely 2 years after the release of their first album "Valparaiso" (CHEAP666/003), Joy as A Toy is back with a new opus full of un-nice sentiments, in a position to do justice to its self-awarded title of Vampire Rock destroyers.

"Dead As A Dodo" immortalizes this pretty crazy project presented during the 1st ZomBIFF Night, staged by Cheap Satanism Records at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival. As a reminder, bass player Pierre Verloesem (X-Legged Sally, Flat Earth Society …) added to the band on that special occasion. Joy As A Toy took the opportunity to use analogical synthetizers and samplers in order to play a repertoire which was freely inspired by original soundtracks in movies directed by the master of horror Dario Argento. It should have been a mere fun exercise, but the experience turned out to be an incredibly fertile playing field for the trio consisting of Gil Mortio, Clément Nourry and Jean Philippe De Gheest.The result positively surprised the audience, which was not expecting such an enjoyable uppercut in the face. Therefore, the band has decided to convert the attempt into an album in due form.

"Dead As A Dodo" was recorded in company of Pierre Verloesem (who also managed part of the sound mixing and mastering) and with guests such as Mai Lev and Marti Melia. This album sounds as if it were the ideal soundtrack for an hallucinated nightmare, a psychedelic and angular trip as well as a snoring and stumbling B movie. In a few words, it is venomous, funny, grating and implacable.

If references to Ennio Morricone and Goblin are manifest, the band is far from indulging in a simple rereading. Joy As A Toy prefers to incorporate typical codes and figures from the genre to its sonic, unbridled and abounding music. The trio further distances itself from these inspirational models thanks to their ability to polish some tracks with surrealistic vocal harmonies, truly abrasive, which are their trademark. Some will maybe remember that the band members took a genuine pleasure to describe themselves as "Wasted rock'n roll Beach Boys with a bad English accent". This baseline thus seems still relevant today. We just want to believe that the accent has improved.


released May 7, 2012

Words by Jean-Philippe De Gheest
Music by Gil Mortio & Clément Nourry
Freely inspired by Dario Argento’s movies

Produced and mixed by Gil Mortio & Pierre Vervloesem
Engineered by Renaud Carton & Max Gendebien
Recorded in 2011 at lowman’s land & pyramide studios, Brussels
Photography by Kassim Ahmed
Artwork by Flora Bernard

Joy as a Toy are
Gil Mortio keyboards, percussions, bass on #3 and #10, vocals
Clément Nourry guitars, polysix, vocals
Jean-Philippe De Gheest drums, vocals

Pierre Vervloesem bass, guitar on #6
Mai Lev vocals on #6
Marti Melià bass sax on #2


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Track Name: Mechanical Love
Empty bottle fl ying in my kitchen
Pink Flashlights pulsing in my head
Shiny UFO landing in my garden
Female Creature, standing ahead

My mechanical wife makes mechanical love

She came down from the stars
She wants to satisfy Strange desires
Track Name: Subway to your Brain
Pull a knife
Design a Female chest
Man and wife
To their eternal rest
Cold and Brave
Let my heart be still
Any man can kill
Track Name: Zombie Safari
Realize religion is an Empire
Everyone knows God will turn into a Vampire
Womanize !

Don’t think twice, stand up, the world is on Fire
God is a Girl and she’s heading for the Empire
Womanize !

Lonely body waiting to kill
Women are much fun to kill, men need a poison pill, I only get a thrill, when she’s asleep I will...

Close your eyes, get ready for your next Life
God is on Facebook, she might become your own Wife
Womanize !

Hypnotized, you have become a Vampire
You’ve got to run down your sexual Desire
Womanize !
Track Name: Hot Water (Acid Trip)
Feel like hot water
I burned my past
Losing my lover
Happened so fast

My love keeps waiting
For the dying day
Where nothing else is to be said
But words of love and happiness - instead

I’ll have no-other
Until the day
I fi nd a lover
That melts away

My heart keeps burning hide away
Before i have a chance to say
How much it means to me for you - to stay

Love is your wargame (but) love is above
A god with no frame
Shall feel no pain

Your love is chasing
Mine away

We got lost in each other's head
Straight on, I am not finished with you yet !
Track Name: Robots
Iron or gold
Or a silver-grey plastic fold
That’s how we’ve been told
To disguise men when they get old

All rise
Stand by
“Evil Eye” has come to get you for the fight!


I didn’t want to fight
It’s to late,
Mr. Hide!
Now keep quiet,
Dr. Jekyll is inside!

Hello Young Heart
Your life has been sold
You’re a Hero,remotecontrolled!
Keep an eye on your soul
Be no Robot without a goal

All Rise
Stand By
“Evil Eye” has come to get you for the fight!


ch: I do not want to die!

Love or hate
I can hide
He won’t bite
(I) Got the Devil on my side!

ch: Hello New Heart