Formed in 2001 by Volker Lutz (vocals, compositions, programming) and Oliver Taranczweski (lyrics) in Germany, but this isn't really the beginning... It actually all began back in 1992 when Volker Lutz and Thorsten Brenda formed Evils Toy. This was a different page in their history as the band progressed and released 6 successful albums under this name. The music presented was hard-hitting EBM music and about the time Silvertears was released (Oliver had just joined previously), the music style moved more towards a solid, synthpop sound. At this time they decided to change their name to match their change in music style from Evils Toy to Toy. They would soon find out this change wasn't as easy as expected and faced legal issues. After this they changed the name to T.O.Y. (Trademark Of Youth), and this is where they are today.
Their music still isn't that far off from their Silvertears album and still has a lot of power with it. While each new album continues to have a lot of variety, they seem to shift more and more to a pure synthpop sound. Most tracks are quite moving and dance-floor friendly while the vocals and lyrics are clear and intelligent. Definitely a good move for a band that has evolved over the years from something great into something different and still great, if not better.
As always, I have tracks playing on Gothic Paradise Radio, so go have a listen.