It's funny. The Tontons don't have a readily available mainstream band to make an off-the-cuff comparison, so in this space we won't tell you they sound like Indie Flavor Of The Week or Noted And Weighty Classic Rock Name. The Tontons simply sound like the Tontons. That sounds like false bluster, but anyone who has been tracking them since 2008 will tell you the same thing. Up front is Asli Omar, that vocal vixen who can make men and rock nerds alike quake in their boots. Bassist Tom Nguyen, whose rumble forms the dermis of the band and then them boys Adam and Justin Martinez come in with titanic guitars and drums to make sure you are still moving your feet. This is a band that has been fully embraced by their native Houston, and the Tontons have hugged the city back with relentless gigging around town, and now it's time for the world to get some love from The Tontons.
2008, 2009, 2012 SXSW Official Showcases 2012 Pop Montreal Music Festival Performer 2012 Houston Press Music Awards Nominee Local Musician of The Year/Best Female Vocalist - Asli Omar 2011 Best Local Albums - Houston Chronicle, Houston Press, Houston Calling and My Houston Life 2011 Houston Press Music Awards Fest Headliner 2011 Best Fest Headliner (local) 2012 35 Denton Music Festival Showcase 2009, 2011 Free Press SummerFest Performer 2009 Houston Press "Best Of" Best Local Album 2008 Houston Press Music Awards "Best New Act" 2010 Houston Chronicle "Favorite Local Albums of The Decade"
"This hard-touring quartet trades in smart, hooky pop songs built around the glimmering blues growl of the band’s leader, Asli Omar. “Golden,” the band’s latest EP, features its most pointedly alternative rock and radio-ready set of songs yet." - Andy Langer, New York Times
"...the band has perfected a recipe of strong vocal wails and raw jazz and blues-driven indie rock. It's almost become laughable how much people struggle to categorize the band's sound..." - Billy Mitchell, CMJ.com
"(Rap legend) Bun B showed up right before the Tontons went on to introduce them, as he has lately been a very vocal fan of the group." - Craig Hlavaty, Houston Press
"Houston foursome the Tontons sound like they're set for bigger (if not necessarily better) things...the Tontons could fit well on a Rolling Stone "next" list." - Bryan C. Reed, Indy Weekly