The Tontons, Houston’s indie-soul 4-piece led by the sensual Asli Omar, are currently touring the US in support of their latest LP Make Out King and Other Stories of Love.
The Tontons’ new 11-track album was produced and mixed at Austin’s Church House Studios by Dave Boyle (Black Joe Lewis, Okkervill River, Robert Plant). The band, consisting of Omar on vocals, bassist Tom Nguyen, drummer Justin Martinez and guitarist Adam Martinez, have nurtured and exhibited the Tonton’s soulful sound within their Texas borders for the better part of 7 years. With outpouring praise of Make Out King from Paste magazine, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone and Spin, the Tonton’s are poised for a national breakout.
Omar, explains “Make Out King is more than just an album to us. It’s 3 years of growth and change. It’s touring across America. It’s playing in places that we never thought we would see. It’s our story and we hope that, for everyone who takes the time to listen, it will become part of their story too.”
Make Out King is a buoyant record with dynamic instrumentals that when paired with Omar’s syrupy voice result in something very comfortable, leaving the listener swimming in serenity. “Magic Hour” is an attractive, spirituous opener that staggers along a beam of clean guitars and drops into an overdriven surf resting under the vocal essence of Omar. Another highlight upsized by Omar’s range is “Veida.” Her retro attitude and approach to vocal performance paired with the soul-rock riff prove how smart and accomplished this band is after cutting their teeth for many years.
Catch The Tontons on tour now:
July 4 – Montauk, NY @ Surf Lodge (Red Bull Event)
July 8 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas
July 9 – Madison, WI @ Frequency
July 10 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry w/ Fly Golden Eagle
July 12 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
July 15 – Bozeman, MT @ The Filling Station
July 16 – Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
July 18-20 – Pemberton, BC, CA @ Pemberton Music Festival
July 22 – Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
July 24 – San Francisco, CA @ Neck of the Woods
July 25 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Mint
July 27 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
July 30 – Taos, NM @ Taos Brewing Company
Oct 31-Nov 2 – New Orleans, LA @ Voodoo Music & Arts Experience
Photo: Julie Worsham