Toxie are blowing the doors off the post-punk tropes with their debut single, "Newgate." It is full of confessional lyrics like, "We're all waiting to die," spoken in a hush at the back end of the chorus like a quaalude taken with Le Tigre's "See you later ..." on "Deceptacon." The little, whirring chorus lands on a driving downbeat, soaring synths and grungy guitars, reprising the fatalist lines about waiting for death. It's over in less than two-and-a-half minutes, a slice of tiny life and possibility, no matter how much the lead female vocal yearns for a personal cataclysm.
Toxie plays Cake Shop on August 30.