The Tontons

The Tontons

When you have Texas rap legend Bun B as one of your biggest fans, you know you're doing something right. So spotting Bun at one of Houston indie-rock band the Tontons' shows—a not so uncommon occurrence—should be the first signal that you are about to experience something very special. "Its always a pleasant surprise to see Bun at our shows," says Tontons bassist Tom Nguyen. "He's told us that he's a fan our new EP Golden, which is pretty awesome to hear from such a legend in the business."

Since 2008, the Tontons have been garnering a reputation in Texas for their genre-mixing sound. Comprised of members who vary in musical taste "from jazz to doom metal to psychedelic rock to top-40 pop," the band has perfected a recipe of strong vocal wails and raw jazz and blues-driven indie rock. It's almost become laughable how much people struggle to categorize the band's sound, leaving the members curious to hear what fans and critics think. "It's a favorite past time to read reviews and see how real music critics classify our sound," Nguyen says. "We sorta just let people tell us what they think we sound like."

But even the band itself can't come up with a good comparison. "We get asked this a lot and still haven't come up with a good answer," Nguyen says. "Otherwise, our answers consist of, 'It's like this, but not like that, but sort of like this

Née is the brainchild of charismatic front-woman Kristin Dennis. Combined with drummer Mic Boshans and multi-instrumentalist David Beeman, the band blends pop hooks with dusty church organs, hand-claps with heartbreaks while spinning tales of whisky nights and mornings after with a deft and compelling lyricism.

Beginning as a bedroom project for Dennis, the first EP, The Hands of Thieves, arrived as a product of mysterious destiny. Now with the backing of a band and full instrumentation at their disposal, Née's newest release, Finches (02/01/13), is louder, bolder, blending pop hooks with distorted guitars and driving beats. Much dancing.

Née is currently in the process of completing Née's follow up EP to be released in the spring of 2012 on 10" vinyl. The band is currently pursuing larger-scale opportunities, but plans to forge ahead with the next release via the wave of support and interest generated by The Hands of Thieves.



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