Charlie Featured In "Songwriters Connected" by Connections Media

Words Have Meaning

tomatoband Guitarist Charlie Mitchell was featured in the Songwriters Connected Charleston series of filmed performances offering a wide scope of the city’s music scene through short daily videos. Connections Media profiles artists in Austin, New Orleans, Nashville, and Charleston. On his trusty acoustic guitar, Charlie performs “An Evening in the Garden, Late Spring” - a song he wrote for the series.

“It’s interesting because it’s the first time I’ve ever written a song and put a deadline on myself to write it,” says Guitarbeque. “One of the main themes that came out of it was stress relief and avoiding complication, and the weird thing was that I had created this whole deadline and this whole stress situation for myself writing the song, and the song ended up being about relieving that.”

We recommend checking out this exclusive profile on our guitarist at Connections Media:

tomatoband Added to Abundance Line-Up

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tomatoband has been added to the line-up for Abundance Music and Art Festival.  The camping festival will span three days in Walterboro, SC on a beautiful 38 acre farm with treehouse, a food forest and a mile-long nature trail!  It is sure to be a merry weekend filled with music, dance, healing, and unity.  The Charleston-based psychedelic foursome will be playing late in the evening of Saturday, November 17.  Other bands in the line-up include Nocturnal Kernalz, Logan and the Kidders, Muddy Kings, and more!  Reply to the Facebook event and get your tickets below.

tomatoband Returns to Richmond!

tomatoband Set to Make Triumphant Return to It’s Roots

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The Charleston-based Psychedelic Foursome Will Perform in Richmond for the First Time in 8 Years!

tomatoband began its intrepid journey in a cold, but soulful basement in Richmond, Virginia.  2010 was the year and Budweiser the beer. Alex and Charlie were home from college on "holiday" and decided to meet up for a night of drinking and music.  Sparks flew, the fuse was lit, and music as we know it here on earth would never be the same.  After many lengthy jam sessions and focused garden parties, the band began to take shape.  Alex held down the bass and drum sections on the fabled Casio ToneBank keyboard while also adding top-end textures like the much acclaimed "sirens" sound, and Charlie maintained a striping lead guitar tone laden with heavy, effects driven sequences.  

 

The band was to release two albums and play several shows that fall, all of which passed completely under the radar (more like over the heads!) of critical acclaim. The first disc, self titled but endearingly known as "Red Tomato", was cut of five songs and passed out to a few lucky faces at a Phish concert in Charleston, future home of the band.  This EP was completely overlooked although it introduced several tunes that would remain in the repertoire indefinitely.  "Red Tomato" was quickly followed by the crowning studio acheivement of the fall, naturally named "Green Tomato."  After the release of "Green Tomato", and many late-night rehearsals in the basement, the band went looking for gigs and found them in the most extraordinary places.

 

The first performances were outdoors in mid-December (bring your mittens!) and saw some of the finest jams of the season.  Notable moments came when the band played an impromtu show for the homeless at Monroe Park in downtown Richmond, and outside of the Happy Corner on Main Street.  A tape exists of the Monroe Park show on which the cold weather was unable to quell a scorching "Washed-Up Pimp" that defined the times for the band, fearless use of effects and dirty digital funk.  More fun was to be had on New Year's Eve that year when tomatoband graced a massive private house party downtown.  The energy that night was undeniable although a hostile crowd boldly threatened the band with Kanye West (great choice right?) cranked over the stereo. Never ones to back down from a challenge, the band initiated an intense feedback/effects jam that solidified their onstage persona and became affectionately (and appropriately) known as "Tomatoband vs. Audience."  Taking it out on the audience would become a hallmark of almost every tomatoband performance to follow.


A week later, Alex and Charlie departed Richmond and took tomatoband with them. Now, almost eight years later, tomatoband has grown on the vine. Bass and Drums, courtesy of Alan and Jake, help propel the band into the touring act that is ready to make it’s triumphant return to The Mond! Catch tomatoband at Cary St. Cafe on Saturday, October 13. Doors at 9…show starts at 10.


Carolinas Tour (Video + Two More Dates Added)

8/15 - Charleston, SC - Charleston Pour House  w/ LaGoons

8/16 - Duck, NC - Tap Shack

8/17 - Chapel Hill, NC - The Cave

8/18 - Asheville, NC - One Stop w/ LaGoons

8/19 - Greenville, NC - Swanson's Warehouse

9/5 - Raleigh, NC - Pour House Music Hall w/ CBDB

tomatoband Adds Dates, CBDB Collaboration

This August and September, you will be able to catch tomatoband in an array of settings.  From the Outer Banks to the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Charleston-based psychedelic troupe is hitting the road in style.  Starting on August 15, tomatoband will headline the Charleston Pour House with support from LaGoons before heading to North Carolina for a long weekend in the Tar Heel State.  After shows at the Tap Shack in Duck and The Cave in Chapel Hill, the band will reunite with LaGoons at The One Stop in Asheville.  Then, on Sunday, August 19, tomatoband is delighted to be performing for the Grand Opening of Swanson's Warehouse in Greenville, SC.  As if that wasn't enough, on September 5, the foursome will make their way back up to the Triangle to support CBDB at The Pour House Music Hall.  In preparation for the grueling hours on the road, the band will be accepting donations of Chex Mix and Mountain Dew at their next performance, the Charleston Pour House Deck, this Saturday at 6:30.

tomatoband Single 'Gun' Featured in Relix Magazine and CD Sampler

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Wait, what?! How did this happen?! We have no idea, but you should check it out anyway. tomatoband is featured in this month's issue of Relix Magazine and included on the CD sampler with the single "GUN" from our latest studio release. Head over to your nearest public library so that you can get online and check out the Relix playlist, and while you're just wasting time on the internet, feel free to visit our website (tomatobandmusic.com) and sign up for the quarterly 'Vine' newsletter; the inaugural edition is set for release this week. Rush Limbaugh calls 'The Vine' America's most volatile news media outlet online today...and you can trust Rush. Trust us.

tomatoband Tours North Carolina

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August Run

NC Bound

TOUR ALERT! (An official update from the North Carolina Board of Tourism)
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From the edge of the outer banks (Duck - Tap Shack), through Tar Heel Country (Chapel Hill - The Cave), and points west (Asheville - The One Stop at Asheville Music Hall), tomatoband is set to see the state this August. Beach? Mountains? Black asphalt, hot on your heels? There’s a little something for everyone this time around. We ask that as you traverse the state, while following the psychedelic foursome, be wary of wildlife....notably, shark attacks, and please report any black bear sightings to any one of the four band members, as they are anxious to see such a magnificent creature in its natural Eastern habitat.
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8/15 - Charleston, SC - Charleston Pour House *
8/16 - Duck, NC - Tap Shack
8/17 - Chapel Hill, NC - The Cave
8/18 - Asheville, NC - The One Stop at Asheville Music Hall*

w/ LaGoons (you can call them with any bear sightings, too!)
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Poster by Katie Irwin!!!

 

'Routine Interactions' Album Release Party

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tomatoband & Friends

Charleston Pour House

Wednesday, May 16

Doors: 9:00 pm, Show: 10:00 pm

$5 cover or FREE with Dead on the Deck wristband

You probably already knew this, but Charleston's very own psychedelic foursome is releasing their sophomore album 'Routine Interactions' on May 14th. To mark the occasion, the band is throwing a party at the Charleston Pour House (where else?) on Wed May 16th, after Dead on the Deck, and they're bringing their friends. Joining tomatoband on stage throughout the evening will be members of Runaway Gin, The Travelin' KineBYOG, and more! Despite the album title, this party will be anything but 'routine'. Make sure you are in the mood... you don't want to miss this!

'Routine Interactions' Release Date Set 5/14

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On May 14, 2018, tomatoband will release it’s second full-length record, Routine Interactions. As with Disc Uncertain, the August 2017 release, tomatoband wanted an album with a cohesive theme or thread that connects each song to one another in order to form a complete piece. This time around, the thing that makes these songs work so well together is the fact that they are all quite different. The use of many varied textures resulted in interesting sonic combinations, such as a light, airy acoustic guitar blended fluidly with a heavily phased bass and a synthesizer of questionably alien origin. Each song presents a different combination of sounds, carefully mixed to insure maximum depth without over-loading the ear of the listener.
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While staying true to their style of composing with sections built for improvisation, tomatoband manages a remarkably pulled-together arrangement on Routine Interactions. Much of the energy put into songwriting went towards lyrically adventurous tunes, addressing whatever thoughts were snapping through the band's brains at the time. Content dealing with sophisticated themes like food, insects, landscaping, and general excess paired with thoughtful complementary instrumentation are what make Routine Interactions anything but routine.
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Album artwork by Katie Irwin 
Painted mannequin by Dan Dickey

tomatofest! Sat 4/7

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Saturday April 7th

featuring tomatoband w/ Fusion Jonez

Charleston, SC - If you had plans for April 7th you'll probably have to move them around because tomatoband is pleased to announce the first ever 'tomatofest' on the grounds of the Purple Buffalo in observance of national fresh tomato day! Festivities commence at 2 p.m. and will feature some of the finest and most interesting artists and vendors in the Charleston area, not to mention an outdoor stage and bar! Warm weather is finally here and we have shaken off our winter wear to welcome in all of the radiance of the spring garden! Local tomato growers will be on site with plants to help you get your very own tomato garden started for the season, and permaculture experts from the CofC Office of Sustainability can answer any of your questions about keeping it real with the environment. 

As Fusion Jonez grooves us through the afternoon, watch a host of live painters and performers transform the grounds into a truly unique celebration of life and especially the tomato. Just when you think it couldn't get any better, tomatoband takes the stage to add a soundtrack to the sunset and to take us deep into the night.

Taste-testers needed! A salsa/guacamole contest will be underway, so be sure to try them all and pick your favorite!

Fancy yourself a chef? Be sure to register before hand and bring enough salsa or guacamole for a crowd! Prizes for the winners sponsored by the Purple Buffalo, Chico Feo, and Taco Spot!

To register for the salsa contest or submit a vendor application, contact tomatofestCHS@gmail.com

Tickets are $5 at the door