(Photo by Connor Beitel)
The story of TOMA is one of self-discovery, with four men from Austin, Texas joining forces in search of their own unique place in the musical firmament. Keyboard/vocalist Waldo Wittenmyer, drummer Jake Hiebert, bassist Neil Byers, and guitarist/vocalist Willy Jay are a true collective, with each gentleman playing an integral role in every musical decision they make.
With that unified front in place, TOMA was free to explore a sound that combines the best elements of some of the best music of the last 40 years. Their debut full-length, Aroma (out March 31, 2017), is a tuneful, spirited record that marries the complexity of ‘70s idols like Todd Rundgren and Squeeze with the neo-psychedelia of the Elephant 6 movement. It’s loose-limbed power pop of the highest order. When it came to recording this debut, the members of TOMA approached it in the spirit of pure collaboration, with the added voice and instrumentation of James Petralli of fellow Austin band White Denim, whom the band counts as a fifth member.
Having already staked their claim in the music world of Texas, next up for TOMA is a full court press on the rest of the U.S. with plans to tour through much of 2017
Today, Ghettoblaster has the pleasure of premiering “Lights On In The Kitchen,” which you can enjoy below.
(Catch the band live:
Tues. 4/18 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Wed. 4/19 – Asheville, NC – The Compound
Thurs. 4/20 – Salem VA – Parkway Brewing Company
Fri. 4/21 – Washington, DC – The Velvet Lounge Sat.
4/22 – New York City – Rockwood Music Hall Sun.
4/23 – Philadelphia, PA – Pentajawn
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