A new album, They Are The Shield, is coming via BLOOD MUSIC on September 21, 2018.
TOBY DRIVER is best known as the frontman and bandleader of the prolific experimental band, Kayo Dot (ex-maudlin of the Well). In the past two decades, he has masterfully explored the limitlessness of music, from weird metal to beautiful post-rock, from austere ballads to tripped-out 70s fusion and beyond. He has worked with a number of forward-thinking luminaries including Trey Spruance (Secret Chiefs 3), John Zorn, G. Stuart Dahlquist (Burning Witch, Asva), Jeremiah Cymerman, Mario Diaz de Leon, Gyan Riley, and many more, and his music appeared as part of Peter Hopkins Miller's installation, Stained Glass, in the 2017 edition of the Venice Biennale. Throughout his many projects: maudlin of the Well, Vaura (with Kevin Hufnagel (from Gorguts)), Stern (with Chuck Stern from Time of Orchids), The Tanks (with Ches Smith and Brandon Seabrook), Clefter (with Gyan Riley and Timba Harris (from Secret Chiefs 3)), Tartar Lamb, free-improv trio Bloodmist (with Jeremiah Cymerman and Mario Diaz de Leon), his solo works, and most of all Kayo Dot, Driver's adventurousness shines brightly. Whereas most musicians attach an identity to themselves in terms of scene or style, Driver's music is the sound of the abandonment of identity, and the refusal to answer the question "Who are you?" Paradoxically, perhaps his defining characteristic as a composer and musician is this fearlessness of looking into the unknown.
As a solo performer, on guitar, keyboard, and voice, Driver has been exploring dark, austere neofolk akin to Grouper, Talk Talk, Current 93, and others, with a subtle progressive and unsettling edge.
Listen to the most recent album, Madonnawhore (2017, The Flenser)
Some nice quotes about Madonnawhore:
"A stately procession of fragile songs that barely agitate the swirling mists that surrounds it as it slow-marches and disappears into the shrouded distance." -Roger Trenwith, The Progressive Aspect
"An intensely pleasing piece of music, a must have for fans of resplendent art pop and the mist-like compositions which have been known to visit [the works of] Kayo Dot now and again." - Heavy Blog
"In all of his work, he has shown both originality and the capacity to challenge listeners and expand minds, this album being no exception." - It Djents
" It plays out like a beautiful, hazy dream, and acts as a strange gaze into a more personal exploration by a musician who thrives on providing the unexpected." - Sputnik Music
"Wahrscheinlich hat er darum herum das bisher anmutigste und friedlichste Album seiner ausufernden Karriere geschrieben; vielleicht sogar jenes, dass den rastlosen Getiebenen trotz der unstillbaren Sehnsucht des astral verzaubernden Madonnawhore erstmals mit sich selbst im Reinen erscheinen lasst." - HeavyPop.at
A selection of works from Driver's discography, stretching across several projects, that show his broad and unique compositional voice.