Back in 2007, 12 Stone Toddler were indisputably one of the most exciting and original bands to have come out of an already vibrant and buzzing music scene in Brighton; music capital of the UK’s South Coast. They were quickly identified as a group highly likely to break through by all those who heard them.
Not only were they a superb live outfit of virtuoso musicians with a strong stage presence, but they brandished an eclectic (even fearlessly) broad and original musical style. Their impeccable songwriting and wonderful delivery set them further apart still. No two songs sounded the same. There was no formula. Yet everything they touched had the same hallmark: quirky, original, dark, accomplished, beautiful, unique, funny, philosophical. They were genuinely loved by local press and fans alike.
Two superb albums – DOES IT SCARE YOU? (2007) and SCHEMING (2009) came out in quick succession. They consolidated the band’s cult following, achieved rapturous critical acclaim and amassed considerable support, but then, like something from one of their own songs, the band simply disappeared.
12 Stone Toddler are back! Now signed to Freshly Squeezed and with a new line-up including the founder members and songwriters Ben Jones and Chris Otero on Keyboards, Bass and Vocals respectively, plus Helen Durden and Robin O’Keefe, they played selected shows at Glastonbury, Boomtown and Bestival 2017, with a not-so-secret sell out show in their hometown of Brighton.