Five months later, doctors back home diagnosed him with a rare and virulent blood cancer. He needed a bone-marrow transplant and full-body irradiation, a procedure reserved for the under-40s because of its profound side-effects.
After four years of treatment and recovery, Toby has formed a new band, Future Present, with former Duologue bandmate and guitarist Toby Lee. The first EP ‘A Near Run Thing’ is being released in late 2018 as part of a campaign with the Anthony Nolan Trust to encourage people to sign up on the bone marrow donor register. The album ‘Radio Therapy’ will follow in the New Year.
Toby intended the album to be a cheerful, direct and life-affirming way of saying thanks to everyone who supported him but, listening to it today, he admits that it is rather more dark and revealing than that.
‘Radio Therapy’ was completed in Toby's studio in Suffolk where he created the album on his own. He has subsequently formed a four-piece band to gig the record in 2019.