Toca, Toca

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews



The bio on Toca's website touts the band as the perfect group for the iPod generation. It's an apt statement. The short, catchy and genre-melding tunes on Toca are an ADD-addled teenager's dream. “Toca Can't Dance,” for example, somehow puts “woah-oh” vocals up against wiry guitar, indie-pop keyboards and speed-rap choruses and makes it work. Those speed-raps are provided by the band on “Toca Can't Dance,” but elsewhere they bring in notable L.A. indie-rap luminaries such as Busdriver, Aceyalone and 2Mex to add some additional flavor to the mix. Pigeon John even lends his talents to the Depeche Mode meets Faith No More squall of “Liar.” It's a song that doesn't have as many of the mid-song genre-hops that typify the album, but it may be its catchiest number.