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Is this the Beginning of the End?

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SHOWS

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Past Shows

November 10, 2017 Chicago, IL Cubby Bear Cubby Bear
October 13, 2017 Berwyn, Illinois Wire Wire
August 25, 2017 Chicago House of Blues House of Blues
August 12, 2017 Chicago Subterranean Subterranean
July 13, 2017 Berwyn, Illinois Krew Rock Lounge Krew Rock Lounge
June 16, 2017 Berwyn, Illinois Wire Wire
May 26, 2017 Aurora, Illinois Two Brothers Roundhouse Two Brothers Roundhouse
April 22, 2017 Berwyn, Illinois Wire Wire
March 4, 2017 Mundelein, IL The Loaded Buffalo The Loaded Buffalo

ABOUT THE BAND

Toy Robots is an Indie-Jam Rock band based in Chicago, IL. The band’s lineup consists of front-man Andy Madden on lead vocals/guitars, Paul Duda on bass and vocals and Stephan Kohnke on drums and vocals. Formed in the spring of 2015, this power trio has quickly amassed a collection of well structured songs with movable boundaries to keep their improvisation skills sharp and their shows ever-evolving.

Toy Robots came to be out of the pursuit of front-man, Andy Madden, in search of his next musical chapter. Having always been a well accomplished lead guitar player in previous bands, and a decent back-up singer, Madden decided to take the next step in his musical evolution. With a slew of songs in his back pocket, Madden convinced himself to step into the front man slot, and needed to flesh out his next incarnation. Enter Paul Duda. Duda and Madden had started their musical journey together back in 2008, through an ad on Craigslist no less, where they joined forces in Chicago rock band Kickbush. They quickly formed a strong bond, played plenty of shows throughout the Midwest, and even made a great record. After the band parted ways, they later played together in original rock band The Holdout, along with some of Madden’s former counterparts from The Des Plaines River Band. When Madden left The Holdout in late 2014, Duda wondered what was next for Madden and wanted to continue on the same road.

Looking for a third core member of the group, Duda and Madden tried out a slew of local drummers they had come to know along the way, and struck rhythmic gold in Stephan Kohnke. Madden had met Kohnke in the previous year at the then weekly Projam over at Berwyn’s newest music venue, Wire, where Madden at the time had been Marketing Director. Madden and Kohnke jammed sporadically, unrehearsed as many nights were at the Projam, and had no idea that anything would come out of it. Kohnke, coincidentally, had been looking for a new original project, and Madden just happened to be in the right place at the right time. The band now had a rhythm section.

Currently, the boys in toys have no immediate plans for a fourth member, citing their lean and mean approach to their music as being raw and liberating. There’s not a lot of room for error, and that’s the way they continue to make their music.

ROCK OUT WITH YOUR BOT OUT!

 

ABOUT THE BOYS IN TOYS

 


Andy Madden

Andy has been shredding on the guitar for over 20 something years, and singing for about five minutes. He digs Les Pauls and Teles and like most guitar players, rarely plays the same axe for any extended length of time. One of his newest and raddest gear finds is his JHS-modded EH Soul Food. It’s quite a klone! His past bands include: The Holdout, Kickbush, The Des Plaines River Band, Walkman Light, Aziola Cry and Phineas Gage.


Stephan Kohnke

Stephan has been pounding the drums for 30 years. In addition to drumming for the ‘Bots, he’s also the drummer for the Michael Lerich Orchestra (weddings) and Istvan and His Imaginary Band (kids & family band), and the go-to sub for many other local acts. He rocks on a late 60’s Ludwig kit and is proudly endorsed by Outlaw Drums and Saluda Cymbals. He’s a professional voiceover actor and a total pinhead who sure plays a mean pinball! He’s been in dozens of bands over the years, including The Fabulous Janes and Dot Dot Dot.


Paul Duda

Paul’s been slappin’ the bass for a couple of decades and is currently in love with his Orange Tiny Terror amp head. His secret weapon in his gnarly, early 80’s G&L L2000, which will shred just about any woofer he puts in its signal path. Paul’s been considered one of the most in demand bassists out there, having played in dozens of bands over the years, including: The Holdout, Kickbush, Azure Bloom, The Get, Brave Ulysses, Lost Armada, War Brides, Ian Crockett Band (Cry Uncle), Calico Cats, Palomine, Next Best Guess, Orange Whip and The Huckleberries.

 

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