“Themes” out NoW!
Toebow (pronounced tō-bō) is not only a band. It is a state of mind and a world of its own. The music is playful and lighthearted, yet also severe—a progressive cartoon rock soundtrack forged from the inner goofs of the human soul. Toebow was originally formed in 2013 by close friends and alumni of the defunct indie dream-pop group BOBBY (formerly active via Partisan Records) immediately following BOBBY’s sudden dissolve in late 2012. The personnel has evolved slightly over the years, and has included members of other noteworthy New York bands such as Uni Ika Ai, Dirty Projectors and Zula.
“Themes” is Toebow's first full-length record, and showcases the band's tapestry of positive, upbeat sounds that are at times odd and unexpected but remain palatable, accessible, and mostly danceable. Quirky guitar lines flutter over bouncy bass and rumbling percussion, while smooth male-female vocal harmonies, lush synth lines and the occasional drum machine tie the gentle chaos neatly together. “Themes” is a tasting plate of Toebow’s distinct flavors. Wacky by nature but severe in execution, Toebow “…artfully straddles the border between sincerity and goofiness” (ThrdCoast) yet their songs often confront the more stoic and sometimes somber sides of their experience.
Having spent several years incubating their material at home and at shows, Toebow developed a set of “core” songs that became the staples of their live set. The songs on their new album summarize the “Themes” of Toebow, comprising the fundamental tenets of the band’s serious yet playful sound.
“Themes” is out now on digital & vinyl via Imaginator Records.
Nate Ulsh ~ Guitar, Vocals
Martin Zimmermann ~ Guitar, Drums, Vocals
Jo-Anne Hyun - Bass, Vocals
Charlie Kessenich ~ Drums, Guitar, Vocals
Olenka Burgess ~ Synth, Vocals
Maia Friedman ~ Synth, Vocals
Henry White - Electronics, Bass, Vocals
ALL PHOTOS BY DAVE HERR EXCEPT LIVE PHOTO BY CONNIE JANG
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TOEBOW HOTLINE: (662) 516-5496