Tomten Record Release Goes Delightfully Well: Sizzling Sets By Tomten, Eighteen Individual Eyes, Ruler, and Zero Absinthe Overdoses

*Whew!* We’ve actually been in an all mod con bliss out coma since last Thursday night at the Tractor Tavern, where/when Tomten unveiled their new 10 ” EP Ta Ta Dana for Flat Field Records with a rancorous set fueled by anticipation for setting out on the road this week.
Tomten Ta Ta Dana EP
The band is heading down the coast through April, and you could hear them humming up hard for road dog duty and making the night dazzle with co-stage shamans Eighteen Individual Eyes and a stripped down set by Ruler.

Here’s those dates after  some delightful thoughts from The Stranger’s own achingly perceptive Mike Nipper about the four song debut, posted today (4/18) at Line Out:

“… a fantastic record from a new band … Goddamn. Right, well, so Tomten, on this record, seem to favor creating an atmosphere of reverence; it’s like they’ve written hymns. Not sacred hymns, but hushed pop hymns, slightly flecked with lysergic glints of radiance. Well, at least it feels that way. It could be the reverb, but I reckon it’s their strictly focused writing/playing as filtered through the pop side of ’60s Merseybeat/beat and mid-/late-era Velvet Underground. A mix which is easily the premise for a shit ton of indie AND post-indie bands, has been since the mid-’90s, OBVIOUSLY, but Tomten don’t rely on ’80s born/’90s popularized recycled/cliché indie riffs. It’s obvious they’re in the know about ’60s playing; they’re economical and reserved, but are not clouded by the contemporary aural misconceptions of the psychedelic ’60s. Their knowingness is then mated to open, crisp, contemporary production, giving them a strong ’80s paisley pop sound. It just all FITS.”


4/16 – Alberta St. Pub, Portland, OR
4/17 – Stork Club, Oakland, CA
4/19 – Mucky Duck, Monterey, CA
4/20 – Underground Show, SLO, CA (contact us for details)
4/22 – Underground Show, San Francisco (contact us for details)
4/26 – Mootsy’s, Spokane