The history of the Suburban Toys is long and varied, and this section is going to be a work in progress over the next few weeks. Please keeep checking back.
Padme, Christa-Belle's best friend, was dragged along to a gig by The Eccentrics, during which she tried her hand at Karaoke. This was in mid-2011. She wowed both Christa-Belle and Vinnie (who was playing with The Eccentrics at the time). Vinnie commented that he would know where to go if he wanted a vocalist.
Skip forward a few months, Christa-Belle had decided to take up drums, and she and Padme decided to form a band. They asked Vinnie if he would play bass, to which he replied that he was reforming the Suburban Toys, and he needed a drummer and singer. Skip forward a few more months, and the Toys were reincarnated.
The Suburban Toys formed in July 2012 out of a necessity to create, whilst having some fun with like-minded friends. We're not the best of musicians, but we are good friends who want to make some original music...and if anyone wants to come along for the ride, and actually likes what we do, then all the better!
Vinnie was in band called The Eccentrics, with Christa-Belle being an ardent fan of the band. One day in 2011 she decided to drag her best friend Padme to an Eccentrics gig. Whilst in between bands, and in another part of the venue, Padme was urged on by Vinnie & Christa-Belle to take part in a karaoke - she blew them away.
A few months later, in late 2011, Christa-Belle expressed a desire to take up drums. She messaged Vinnie on Facebook saying that she and Padme were going to form a band called 'Reason37', and that they were still short of a bass player (wink wink).
About the same time as this Vinnie went to a Lincoln Bands reunion, and met up with his old guitarist (and school friend) from a band he was in called the 'Suburban Toys'. They also met with their old vocalist Louise Prideaux, and talked about having a band reunion. Louise didn't seem so keen.
Early 2012 and Vinnie started to jam with Adam. A few jams later, and they invited Christa-Belle and Padme to join them...the invitation was accepted..and the current Suburban Toys was formed.
In October 2013 Padme and the Suburban Toys parted ways, mainly due to her work commitment. Georgina had seen the band play, and having some background in dancing and performing, filled in the vacant position. Shortly after Vikki was found. She could play other instruments, namely saxophone, keyboards, and guitar..amd she could also sing. So the new Suburban Toys, born yet again!
March 2014 saw Christa leave the band. She had too many things going on, with little time to do it all, so with all the work commitments - something had to give. Callum Tomlin, a drummer with some experience of playing in punk bands, said he would stand in until another drummer was found. The Toys advertised for a drummer, and in August 2014 they auditioned drummers. Charlie Watts was one of the potential applicants, and with a name like that it was natural that he got the role. He was gigging a week later!
Christa-Belle started out on the stage at an early as a dancer, and as part of many amateur dramatic groups. The years went by and she often found herself proudly playing the villain in many a classic panto.
She then took up playing bass guitar, and in 2001 met Vinnie and 'THE ECCENTRICS', spending many weekends going to see their gigs and travelling country with them to watch various bands and acts. This giving her a greater enthusiasm to learn and expand her musical ability.
Following years of gig going, and unproductive bass playing, she started a part-time hobby of Pin-up modelling with her best friend, and partner in crime 'Padme', realizing both of them had a love for similar music, they decided to create a band together, only this time Christa-Belle would pursue her dream of learning to play the drums. This was the birth of 'REASON 37'.
Around this time Vinnie had decided to reform the 'Suburban Toys', and upon asking if Vinnie would consider playing bass for REASON 37, he mentioned that he was short of a drummer and singer to make up the new line up of the SUBURBAN TOY'S.
REASON 37 was then placed on the back burner and the rest they say is history...