You may remember Anthonie Tonnon from the Band Mom’s highly successful radio campaign slightly less than one year ago for his album Up Here For Dancing, by his awesome New Zealand band Tono and the Finance Company, which peaked at #136 among 3 total weeks on CMJ’s Top 200. He’s been busy since then, touring all over the place and working on new recordings, now under his own name instead of the band moniker. And now he’s coming back to tour these United States (along with another Band Mom legacy artist, Shenandoah Davis!), and he’d love to meet you! All the necessary info should be in those corresponding links that say “info” in the list below, and then there’s an even more complete list including some house shows and such in this here facebook event!
This is NOT a CMJ charting campaign; there is no push to “add” Anthonie Tonnon tracks officially into your station’s rotation or on any official charts (all I sent out with the email tour announcement was a link to the top 3 most played tracks from the campaign plus one new track to represent his new work), although especially if you didn’t already spin the album to death last year (or if you did and you’re dying for the new track), you’re welcome to contact me for a download link, spin it and tell me what you think. But more immediately important: if you’re a radio rep in his path and can make it to a show or would like to cover one, please contact me for ticket hookups, or especially for interview or instudio opportunities with Anthonie Tonnon!
9/21 Seattle, WA – The Comet Tavern (info) 9PM 21+w/Shenandoah Davis, Tomten & Jordan O’Jordan
10/3 Los Angeles, CA – Genghis Cohen (info) 7:30PM w/ Shenandoah Davis & Johanna Chase
10/10 Albuquerque, NM – Low Spirits w/ Shenandoah Davis & Samuel Miller
10/12 Colorado Springs, CO – Fuel/Friends (info) w/ Shenandoah Davis
10/16 Denver, CO – Hi Dive (tix) 8pm $8 21+ w/ Shenandoah Davis, Princess Music & Natalie Tate
10/17 Ames, IA – Punk Rock Paradise w/ Shenandoah Davis & Paul Doffing
10/19 Columbia, MO – The Dome (info) w/ Shenandoah Davis
10/21 Minneapolis, MN – Aster Cafe River Room w/ Shenandoah Davis
10/24 Chicago, IL – Comfort Station w/ Shenandoah Davis
10/25 Quad Cities, IL – Rozz-Toxx (venue link) w/ Shenandoah Davis
10/28 Brooklyn, NY – Pete’s Candy Store (venue link)
10/29 Brooklyn, NY – Paper Box (venue link)
Anthonie Tonnon grew up in Dunedin, a university city at the bottom of New Zealand’s colder, less populated South Island. He started Tono and the Finance Company a generation after the city’s explosion of alternative bands – like The Clean, The Bats and The Verlaines, and labels like Flying Nun and Xpressway – at a time when new bands there seemed destined to work in the shadow of the 80s and early 90s. But despite taking an influence from The Verlaines in particular, and their US contemporaries like Pavement, Tonnon’s songwriting quickly moved in a narrative, character-focused direction with more in common with North Island bands like The Muttonbirds and Lawrence Arabia, American cult acts like Jonathan Richman, The Magnetic Fields, or Randy Newman, and British alternative bands of the same period, particularly Pulp, Morrissey and Billy Bragg. What set Tonnon apart was his knack of finding something universal while drawing the detail of a specific place.
When Tonnon finally brought his Tono and the Finance Company project to the United States in Autumn 2012, he wasn’t fronting the dramatic, Pulp-esque five-piece that toured with Beirut in his native New Zealand earlier in the year. It was in the humbler guise of an electric guitar wielding solo act, in much the style of his hero, Jonathan Richman. But that is not to understate what is a formidable achievement for a man making music as far away from home as one can get.
Returning home, in November of 2012, Anthonie Tonnon went through a small reinvention: he booked a show under his own name, in a small bar in his hometown of Dunedin. Since then, he’s toured his home country twice with his new band, released a solo cassette tape of new songs, and toured New Zealand and Australia relentlessly with a rapidly developing one-man show on guitar and piano.
Now, as he arrives in the States for a second time, to tour with Shenandoah Davis, he brings with him a new set of songs from a soon to be released album, and a show that injects a gritty social realism with the dramatic, surprising and surreal.
Tonnon is available for in-studio performances and interviews along the length of his upcoming tour route.
Woo!! Contact me for interview or instudio opportunities with Anthonie Tonnon!