Formed in Austin,Texas,oct of 87, when guitarist Tim Trembly(who wrote the lyrics to "Teasn" and "Outlaw" on the debut release) asked watchtower singer jason mcmaster to help out with some dates tim and band mates Scott Dalhover-guitar,Mike Watson-bass, and drummer mark geary had booked on the current calendar and didnt want to cancel,when they seemed to have misplaced their singer. the band was at the time called Onyxx.
enter mcmaster, and the same guitars bass and drums and you get the souped up version, Dangerous Toys.
by spring 1988,the band had signed with columbia records. exit tim trembly-guitar, enter danny aaron guitar(2).
the self titled release,produced by max norman(ozzy-blizzard of oz,diary of a madman,loudness-lightning strikes,megadeth-countdown to extinction) is released May 9,1989....also song "Demon Bell" written by the band along with Desmond Child(Kiss,Bon Jovi) included on 1990's Wes Craven Horror film "Shocker",(the band's first and only soundtrack release)
Then... a sophmore effort in 1991 by the title Hellacious Acres(Produced by Roy Thomas Baker-Queen,Journey,Cheap Trick,The Cars), add hard worldwide touring,with supporting slots for Judas Priest,Alice Cooper,Metal Church,Motorhead,L.A. Guns,Faster Pussycat,the Cult,Bonham, Accept, and too many others .. the self titled going gold, and creeping to platinum, with Hellacious Acres on its heels, the band seemed unstoppable.
by the end of 1992, exit Danny Aaron(2), and enter guitarist kevin fowler(3)(find on web www.kevinfowlerband.com). fowler never recorded with the band, but completed a 200 date tour in 1993, restoring faith in bluesy ,old school, heavy, rock music throughout the states in a time when labels were merging and downsizing, and following the mighty dollar bill,which seemed to blow the way of new styles of rock.
with the line-up change, the band had also asked to leave ithe current label, and made a wise and amicable split with sony music/columbia records.soon to be signed to the austin based label DMZ/Dos-Antones Records with a new release called Pissed .
exit Fowler on guitar...enter "Dirty Looks (Atlantic Records)" guitarist, Paul Lidel(4) in Jan. 1994.
with a new label,new guitarist, and new cd, the band out on another tour was enevitable
spring 1994-exit bassist Mike watson
enter Salty Dog(Geffen Records) bassist,Michael Hannon(2) with Hannon coming to Texas to learn 18 songs and do a 200 date tour, now angry and full of piss and vinagar,the band reaches into 1995 and rocks harder than ever.
by summer of 1995,the band was writing new material for a new release,what would become the bands fanbases' least favorite.
reasons might be after losing original members, scaled down punk rock style touring with mainly headlining and no big support slots more popular selling acts and last but not least, the fact that McMaster had taken over bass duties, and the band was now a four piece, making mcmaster a double duty onstage, changed things a bit for the show, and fans.
with considering changing the name of the band, and awareness in style changes by different music as well as lyrical writing in the band, the altered line-up of remaining allumni-McMaster-vocals/bass,Dalhover-Guitars,Geary-Drums, and remaining and the bands fourth guitarist, Paul Lidel (who in fact has now been in the Toys line up for more than 12 years)...released the new style in the recording of Dangerous Toys-the R-tist 4-merly known as dangerous toys, (released in late 95).
another tour, yes, but not as extensive as before as result of troubles at the label and with distribution.
things slowed for the Toys,and reunion fever had struck in the way of an offer for an opening slot for old label mate, Alice Cooper in Oct. 1999. this also came right after the release of the first live release from the band Dangerous Toys-Vitamins and Crashhelmets Tour-Live Greatest Hits, as well as reissues of 1994's Pissed, and 1995's The R-tist 4Merly Known as Dangerous Toys all three on
indie Deadline/Cleopatra Records.
by 2001, the Toys had been to Japan to play 4 sold out shows in Austin and Tokyo, and had added songs into the set, that had never been played live.These shows included original bassist, Mike Watson, making it in the bands terms, "as original the line-up could ever be with the long years Lidel has stuck with us".
2003 brought another reunion blur in the way of Austin meets Tokyo repeat, with many fans worldwide not letting the spirit the band created, ever die.
2005-Boston based and Century Media Recording Artist- Shadows Fall, cover Dangerous Toys classic "Teasn' Pleasn'" asking McMaster to record the vocal. The song is released on the Shadows Fall release...The War Within (Japanese Import) and is being domesticly released in the states and Canada on a "B Sides" compilation by Shadows Fall.
2005,May 7, the Toys recorded a special 2 hour set to commemorate an 20 year reunion at the Red Eyed Fly in Austin, Texas.
The show has been released on dvd. (DANGEROUS TOYS "XX" 20TH YEAR CONCERT CELEBRATION) get yours now online at the merch page at JASONMCMASTER.NET