Sunday March 27, 2022 07:30 PM EDT
CL Critic Matthew Warhol Recommends: Orlando stand up! This is the shit that reminds me of home. TONSTARTSSBANDHT moved into my swamp city in 2017 or so, and quickly became adopted as a pillar of the community, alongside Sales and XXYYXX. Their first draw was the years of playing with the forever-chill Mac DeMarco. But once we Orlandians witnessed the two-piece on their own, it was wrap. They were family. Singer/guitarist Andy White stomps around barefoot on stage like a shaved Sasquatch, belting into his wireless headset microphone while pummeling his guitar. His brother Edwin the glue that holds the madness together with tight, yet energetic drumming. Live, TONSTARTSSBANDHT’s recorded songs are merely a jumping-off point for jovial, psychedelic jams. Think Marc Rebillet with more acid. I consider myself privileged to have been so close to such dynamic performers, and now I’m preaching their gospel. — MW
From the venue:Andy and Edwin Mathis White are the duo known as Tonstartssbandht. They began in August of 2007 in their hometown of Orlando, Florida. Soon after, Andy and Edwin moved to their new respective homes in Montreal and New York City. In these two cities Tonstartssbandht continued under the restraint of solo writing, recording, and e-mailed collaboration. This method of songwriting and exchange was carried through on their three self-released 2009 albums, An When, Dick Nights, and Maihama. After bringing the split psyche sets on the road, the focus eventually shifted toward a streamlined live instrumentation involving their voices and analog ware. As Tonstartssbandht continued touring, the recording never stopped. Full set live cassettes followed with Nantes, Hanoi, and Christchurch. After moving back to Orlando in early 2016, their home studio album Sorcerer was finally completed and released via Mexican Summer the following year. The duo spent the pandemic writing new material after a touring hiatus and are issuing a new LP in the fall of 2021 alongside a full North American Tour.