With 2,175 posts in 16 months, you're bound to miss something. We've gone ahead and gathered some of our favorite tracks from now and yesteryear that didn't get much play, but deserved it.
Hubble: “Nude Ghost”
Ital: “Only For Tonight (Dubout/Saviour’s Love Megamix)”
The Rebel: “Prove It”
Loving how thoroughly mystic this new stunner from Alternate 1985 a.k.a. Andy Boay a.k.a. Andy White from Tonstartssbandht is. In some ways it's really straightforward drone, starting off with a steady rhythmic base before reaching some Skaters-level deep, but it offers a nice hint of goofiness at the end, fading out into a half-remembered summer boombox. --Tim Gentles, Rose Quartz
On their new tape for Arbutus Records/Does Are, the brothers Andy and Edwin White of Tonstartssbandht zoom in on the longer-format, improvisational approach they have been exploring on stage of late. "Sinkhole Storm and Standwich," the side-long title track, is nearly 18 minutes of burnished jam band gold, replete with pummeling bass, flaming guitar doodles, and the kind of permanent haze that creates the temporary illusion that we've been sucked into a wormhole and we're never going to get out. --Emilie Friedlander, Altered Zones
Brothers Andy and Edwin White of Tonstartssbandht have a new, bizarrely awesome video directed by Jason Harvey for their madrigal-esque track "Big Day Today," off their recent release Now I Am Become. Early digital Sims-like animation is accompanied by a pastiche of '90s and current pop culture symbols-- 3D prisms and the "peace sign" slacker alien dude, among others-- spliced and intermingled with live footage of Tonstartssbandht band performances. Some words from Harvey on the video:
Here’s a new one from Tonstartssbandht, taken from their all-over-the-place-in-the-best-way new record, Now I Am Become, which drops today on Arbutus. In stark contrast to the catchy, relatively structured previously unveiled jammer “Shot to La Parc," album closer “Orange Miss You” finds the bros in the midst of a noisy, chaotic, and occasionally abrasive experiment that takes a left-turn about halfway through, morphing into a glorious Beach Boys (or possibly Animal Collective, or probably both)-inspired hymn. --Chris Cantatlini, Gorilla Vs. Bear
Tonstartssbandht is Andy and Edwin White, two brothers from Orlando who reside in Montreal and New York City, respectively. This past weekend, they went on a quick tour to Russia and the Ukraine with a limited tour cassette called Hymn. The six-song EP glues together a few odds and ends from the past couple years, but these are by no means outtakes. Despite being divided into three, two-track sections (grouped according to recording date), the tape flows just like any other Tonstartssbandht release; a bit disjointedly, but with an attention to the texture and grain of low-fidelity that carries from each excursion to the next. Tonstartssbandht has a few "signature sounds," not just one, and Hymn touches on everything from burnt psych-rock and beautiful ambient passages to sampler-based rhythms and classic vocal pop.
The first two tracks, "Susie" and "Jessie", were recorded in February 2010, just before Edwin moved to New York from Montreal. These make for a solid 12 minutes of upbeat, psychedelic boogie-- recalling the Tonstartssbandht live experience, but slightly less off-the-walls. The next two, cut earlier this year, showcase the band's more ambient side: "Hymn Eola," recorded solo by Edwin in New York, is a response to "Hymn Our Garden," which Andy recorded in Montreal. Each piece records a different set of places, moments, and aesthetic phases within the brothers' collaboration and friendship, slapdashed together with all the continuity (and discontinuity) of memory.
The last two tracks on Hymn are the oldest, dating back to the Fall of 2009. Fans of Tonstartssbandht will recognize the drum sample at the beginning of "New Black Fever" as a shortened version of the one in "Black Country," a tune from 2009's An When; but then the track morphs into a take on "Fever" by reggae singer Horace Andy. The Tonstartssbandht method, according to Edwin: "We were messing around with the sampler and shortened the "Black Country" sample, but thought it sounded awesome, and we were practicing and I started singing "Fever" over it, 'cause it's one of my favorite songs. We turned it into a song. Later, I made up the opening part about Florida, and Andy recorded the ending part by himself like a year later. So it's a song, with a reggae cover in the middle."
Soul brothers Tonstartssbandht & Run DMT went on tour last year. The vibe was strong-- noted in a few really great videos from that tour (specifically Silent Barn and a show in TX). Before they set out on that tour, the guys concocted a VHS of infinitely warped visuals to aid in the ceremonies. The video's been digitized and now on vimeo, for your viewing pleasure, right above. Enjoy the Blondie appropriation, tracklist and more info after the jump. --Michael McGregor, Chocolate Bobka
Radical homeboys Tonstartssbandht hooked us up with the premiere for this rollicking new jammer from their upcoming album, Now I Am Become. "Shot To La Parc" is one of those songs you blast in your headphones and soak in. There are intensely catchy guitar licks that blast you from every angle, meanwhile shouted vocal chants slip easily through every pore. When all is said and done, we arrive at a plateau of beautiful chaos, briefly suspended in a manner that would make even Michael Jordan jealous. (Get Off The Coast co-premiere)
Now I Am Become drops sometime in the future via Arbutus Records
Tonstartssbandht is the band of brothers Edwin and Andy White, spread between Montreal and New York. Taken from 2009's Dick Nights, "Preston 'Great-Ass' Imfat" is a schizo-psych non-linear drifter that passes from '70s Southern acoustic rock to a rockin' Vince Guaraldii piano interlude, some Devendra Banhart freak folk, and, finally, a beautiful doo-wop ballad. --Ric Leichtung, International Tapes
Dick Nights is available now via DŒS ARE. After a high-energy show at Glasslands last week, guitarist Andy White stated that if Tonstartssbandht were to be on Altered Zones, the post would have to immediately precede or follow something from CCR's Chronicle Vol. 1. Below, we honor his request.