“Great hooks, great song, really really good, if they carry on writing songs of this calibre, the sky’s the limit”   Paul Mex 

“Thought the song hit the spot”   Trevor Madison 

"Glistening pop rock" NME

"I have not listened to the entire album, nor do I know the title, but the five songs I was able to pull off the internet have blown me away."

"I can't believe my ears" Canada

“This is Rick Buckler here, the drummer with The Jam, just putting in a word of support for ‘The Toniks’. I have seen them play live and I actually bought their album which I love"


Bred from the sown seeds of sixties popular music, comes the Guildford based quintet, ‘The Toniks’, with their take on rump pop with a plonky edge, on a mission to put the fun back into breakfast and make us grin like Cheshire cats!

The Toniks have recently been creating waves with their debut album, ‘Rise and Shine’ and their newly established status as fully fledged pop stars, not only as graduates from the University of ‘Happyology’. They have continued to lap up acclaim for strong live performances and creating loaded pop songs which grip steadfastly eardrums and listeners’ emotions.

With the brainchild of vocalist/bassist Mark Taylor and guitarist Jez Parish, The Toniks have put together a vibrant array of happy-go-lucky sounding material for their debut album, ‘Rise and Shine’. Whilst waffling down a healthy bowl of cornflakes, (as subconsciously instructed by the subliminal advertising of the album artwork), I took a moment to soak up the jolly ditties and discover why their smile revolution might catch on after all……

The title track, ‘Rise and Shine’, swaggers and strolls with a massive smile in its melodies, smothered with kisses by brass spawned sunspots. The upbeat pace quickens with the bouncy yet bewitching songs ‘Won’t Let You Down’ and ‘You and I’, accompanied by the striking staccato guitars and tinkling keys coaxing the imagination, crafting melodic hooks and melodies, which have a particular sparkle, destined to spread like contagion.

Successive track ‘Simple Things’ eases in with a slow croon, a gentle composition, which caresses vocally and musically. ‘Weather’ with plodding bass and emotive harmonies, is bound to be drooled over by pop lovers. ‘Secret’s Safe’ teeters on being the rockiest of the album’s repertoire, toying with essences of hits by The Jam and The Motors, buzzing with the energy and rampant charge in the melody lines.

Next up, the album’s highlight, ‘Scapegoat’, the thrashiest sounding track of the album, is fuelled with barbed melodic hooks, garbled bass, raw guitar licks and well placed, rasping vocals. The album denouement, ‘Wonderful Then’ features mesmeric strings, the soft grumblings of cellos strings, evocative keyboard chords and voluminous backing harmonies.

There can be no refuting that the song writing efforts of Taylor and Parish are evident throughout ‘Rise and Shine’, and The Toniks are well on their way to being considered real contenders to be crowned the kings of the current music scene’s pop quintet.

Their eagerness to be cast ‘an antidote for a rainy day’ is definitely no understatement, nor is there attempt to put the cock in Cockle-Doodle-Do.

‘Rise and Shine’ does exactly what it says on the album cover: it will put the fun back into being happy at breakfast again, washing away the haggard looks after a long night of partying, although I’m not sure it can make the prospect of revising any more appealing.

A must have for all you pure pleasure pop seekers out there!