One of the best things to happen to Houston so far this summer will take place over at Eleanor Tinsley park: Free Press Summer Fest. To get in the right mood, this week Rocks Off is featuring a different local Summer Fest artist each day. Today, fresh from the whirl of activity surrounding the release of their self-titled debut full-length, it's the Tontons. Holding your own with a powerful lead singer like the Tontons' Asli Omar is hard for some musicians, but Adam Martinez (guitar), Tom Nguyen (bass) and Justin Martinez (drums) never seem to falter.
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an instrumental that starts out like a soundtrack for an indie-western - we can just picture the gun-slinging, skinny-jean-clad, conquistador - only to turn into a surf-rock boogie at the end meant for a Frankie and Annete beach flick, except slightly more "far out."
Though it's not a likely choice for a single, so much time and talk is devoted to Omar it's about time the other three Tontons got a little spotlight. On this instrumental track, each musician seems to do his own thing until drummer Martinez's breakdown, when they are briefly brought together before scattering once more.