Add one part
irreverent punk personality (frontman extraordinaire,
one part maniacal guitarist (Brandon Reece), two parts dream
rhythm section (Milhouse and Muff)
and what do you get? One hell of a rock and roll ass-whoopin' you
won't soon forget!
ToyBox cannot (even
remotely) be compared to any other independent band on the east coast.
In addition to a genuinely unique and powerful stage presence, they
have sold more CDs and merchandise during their career than any other
independent band in the extended area. However, unlike other bands
making similar "claims", this band actually has the tax and sales
records to prove it.
Mike Wise, ETB's
lead singer and chief songwriter, formed the group in 1997, conceiving
it as a pre-fab project that would only be around long enough to pay
off bills from his previous band. Formerly a 3-piece, ETB went on to
an illustrious career, quickly working their way out of their day
jobs, making rounds on the extended Mid-Atlantic circuits, venturing
as far as Illinois, Vermont and Florida, playing a thick catalog of
in-the-red originals. Hard work and dedication have never been lacking
from the Emily’s ToyBox psyche.
In 2001, Emily's
ToyBox underwent an evolution of sorts that morphed an already
powerful regional act into something unbelievably bigger and better.
As a four-piece band, Wise gained freedom to roam the stage and
audience at will, inciting a kind of enthusiasm not far from mania
that leaves the fans drenched, exhausted and always coming back for
"We're different," says Wise. "Many bands have
said, 'Well, my band's different.' We're one of the few bands who
really ARE different." "The four of us are naturally goofballs, but we
honestly respect one another as musicians and people. We also don't
'try' to do or be anything other than ourselves. Our personality comes
out onstage and in our songs."
is of the rarest breed, continually breaking new ground as an
entrepreneurial entity on the independent music scene. With undeniable
originality, talent and work ethic, there are no limits to what they
will create and accomplish in years to come.