Useless Wooden Toys are a Stoner rock/Grunge band from Letterkenny, Co.Donegal.
The line-up consists of Matthew Melia on drums, Jamie Larkin on bass, Paul MacKinnon on guitar, and Jambi Shinners on Lead Vocals. The band formed when Matthew and Jambi met in music class, with Matthew on drums and Jambi on guitar and vocals. It was just the two of them for a long time under many different cringey names, until they finally stumbled upon Jamie Larkin, an excellent bass player. They then took on Paul, a proficient and unique guitarist from another local band to take over guitar duties. They bonded over their mutual love for Hard Rock, Grunge and Metal.
They took influences from Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Sleep and Tool to find their sound. Their first 2 songs, Screwdriver and Spitshine, went down a storm at their first big gig, in An Ghrianan theatre. They got back to writing and came out with 4 more tunes. These 6 songs were released on their debut EP “Guerrilla” released in September 2016.