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Experimental music, inspired by elegant parties, countless hors d'oeuvres, and responsible psychedelia.
The tomatoband experiment commenced in Richmond, VA in the fall 0f 2010. Life-long friends, Charlie Mitchell, guitar, and Alex Irwin, keyboards, starting writing odd music and performing it around town as a duo. Some catchy tunes melted into some weird improvisation, and the mold was born.
In 2017, tomatoband fully-relocated to Charleston, SC as an electric four-piece band. Jake Acheson, drums, and Buz Buzby, bass guitar, comprise the rhythm section, and now, with dozens of original tunes and more on the way, the experiment has taken on greater scale. Under their indie label, Wappoo Cuts Records, the band has released three full-length studio records, Disc Uncertain (2017), Routine Interactions (2018), and Bird Hotel (2019). With their relentless pursuit of creative excellence, the band has established themselves as willing bards for a new generation.
Featured in the July/August 2018 issue of Relix Magazine and annually nominated for Jam Band of the Year by the Charleston City Paper, tomatoband is being recognized for its hard work and original approach to sound and music. With a strong emphasis on satirical songwriting and improvisation, the band's sound manifests itself in a unique live performance at each stop along the road.
The Post and Courier describes tomatoband's sound as "experimental...featuring funk, jazz, electronic, reggae and psychedelic elements...Explorative ethereal patterns...unlike anything you've ever quite heard."
We just call ourselves a rock band.
Guitar - Charlie Mitchell
Keyboards - Alex Irwin
Bass Guitar - Buz Buzby
Drums - Jake Acheson
Management & Booking
'The Vine' Quarterly Newsletter
Rodney-Scott Del Vecchio is a reclusive journalist thought to be living in a small loft in Richmond's Historic Fan District. Rarely in the public eye, Del Vecchio was one of the first reporters to pick up the tale of tomatoband and he remains the unofficial Chief Chronicler of the band to this day. Quarterly, Del Vecchio pens a short piece concerning the activity, or lack there of, within the tomatoband realm. His handwritten, mailed manuscripts are always a delight to read and a true insight into the strange, often murky microcosm that is tomatoband