MEB Editor Maria Gironas got a chance to talk to up and coming indie-rockers The Tontons about their music and influences. Be sure to follow these guys on their socials, expect great things from this group!
MEB: How did you guys come together as a band?
We all met in high school and were in various bands. This band formed after we had left our other bands. Sort of the right place and right time.
MEB: What is the influence behind the music?
Pretty much everything, not just music. A lot of our new record is about our touring life over the last 2 years.
MEB: You have quite the schedule for summer touring! What has the experience been like so far?
The shows have been good, lots of new places we haven’t been to. There has been some really rad people coming the the shows. The other day we were in Madison, WI and this dude named Phil brought us some local cheese. Over the tour has been fun.
MEB: Are there dates you all are particularly excited for?
We are all really excited for the Pemberton Music Festival. We have never been to the party of Canada and we are going to be camping in the Mountains. It will be nice change from the city to city traveling.
MEB:Do any of you have a pre show ritual of some sort?
We don’t really have any pre show rituals. We have played with bands that do and every time we try something we can’t help but laugh.
MEB: What have you found out about each other through touring and spending so much time together?
We’ve learned a lot about each others different smells.
MEB: Are you guys still writing new music since your release earlier this year? Or has performing been the priority?
We are always trying to write, it is much harder when you are on the road but we have a couple of new tunes in the works.
MEB: How did your native Houston, Tx influence your music? If at all.
I definitely has had in influence but probably more of a subconscious level. Also Houston not being a city known for its music scene, it makes you work a little harder to get out there.
MEB: What do you think the state of indie rock is?
The genre name is becoming more and more vague but there is a lot of dope stuff out there. I keep finding new bands that I like all the time. That being said, it’s probably a lot harder for bands to break with so many good bands out there. I’ve seen a lot of bands break up that should have gone much further. Tough question with many different answers.