Dublin soul-infused pop-funk sextet 'Toshín' are set
to release their Debut EP 'Get Your Life' on the 14th
of February, 2020. It is their biggest and most exciting
release to date. “Knock Knock” is the lead single from
this EP, and will be released on the 24?th? of January
along with a music video. Toshín will embark on an
Irish Tour to promote the EP in February and March.
Having released a handful of singles since the band's
inception in 2016,'GetYourLife' is the band's proudest
work so far. Their collective songwriting reached new
heights on this release, as these musicians forged a
close relationship and got consistently tighter through
gigging around Ireland and the UK the last few years.
The EP features five tracks, including one interlude.
The lead single, “Knock Knock”, was co-written by guitarist
Taran Plouzane and lead singer Tosin Bankole. The song
is a commentary on a woman's struggles with mental health,
partly disguised as a break-up song.
"Knock Knock" for me is about struggling
through a bad mental health episode. The song has a
darkness to it, not just lyrically but also within the
music. It has some more upbeat sections, however, that
represent how music got me through those bad times.
It's a really therapeutic song to sing live!”
The EP was recorded by Rob Kennedy in his studio in
Donabate, Co. Dublin. It was co-produced by Zapho (Ele
Breslin) and the band themselves. Zapho also co-wrote
lyrics for two of the songs, “Eat, Sleep, Sex, Desire”
Founded in 2016, Toshín have evolved over the last
three years into the vibrant 6-piece it is today. Taking
inspiration from a variety of music spanning from early
Motown to modern soul / RnB artists such as Tank and
the Bangas and Anderson. Paak, their original songs
can be put into an incredibly wide range of genres.
This is thanks to lead vocalist Tosin Bankole, guitarist
Taran Plouzane-Brady and help from various collaborators,
including Lisa Rogers (Girlfriend) and Ele Breslin (Zapho).
Their exhilarating live shows span from chilled out,
heartfelt soul to all-out James Brown-esque funky goodness,
and is guaranteed to have any crowd dancing. Over the
last few years, Toshín have played some amazing shows
and festivals including Beat Yard festival (2019), Electric
Picnic (2019), Body & Soul Mainstage (2019), and Music
Makers Festival UK (2019). They have played a headline
shows in the Workmans for a single launch, Sin E for
their 3rd birthday party, alongside Munky in Lost Lane,
and alongside Shookrah in the Kino in Cork.
Toshín have released four singles to date: “Boy Listen”,
“We Don't Share Blood”, “Love in Defeat” and “Girl Go
Off”. Their debut EP? G e t Y o u r Li f e will be released
on the 14th of February 2020. Lead single of the EP,
“Knock Knock,” will be released January 24th alongside
a music video. The band will be embarking on an Irish
Tour to promote the EP in February and March 2020.
‘The group have become known for their dancy, high-spirited
shows’ - Hotpress
‘This band is known to be energetic and entertaining,
and to reliably cause a serious bop. Tosin on lead vocals
has an undeniable stage presence that gets the whole
crowd moving. She is Lizzo meets Aretha Franklin, and
takes the role of front woman to a whole new level.
She is playful, powerful, and theatrical, and the band
grooves devotedly along with suave-funk energy’ - Elina
Filice, Red Vine
‘These guys have it all – showmanship, charismatic
persona and proficient musicians to tie it all together
in one joyful melodious bow. Toshín are a must see.’
- Indie Buddie
‘Dubliner Tosin Bankole is a superstar in the making.
Backed by a seven-piece band, including Bicurious guitarist
Taran Plouzané, Toshin delivered an attitude-drenched
set of groovy soul as she opened the Body & Soul stage
on Friday evening.’ - GoldenPlec