TONE Norm Veenstra, guitar Gregg Hudson, drums Boris Milic. guitar Charles Andrews, bass Gustavo Vargas, guitar Founded in 1991 by Norm Veenstra and Gregg Hudson, TONE has relentlessly explored the often unpredictable, always epic sonic path of a dedicated instrumental ensemble. Based in Washington DC, Tone primarily performs with three electric guitars, bass guitar, and drum kit. The band is known for guitar-based instrumentals dedicated to dynamic contrast and textures not normally found in rock music. Long recognized as a precursor to the post-rock instrumental scene (Mono, Explosions in the Sky, Do Make Say Think, Maserati, godspeed you! black emperor), Tone’s style is dense and heavy, yet surprisingly emotive. Rolling Stone described their SXSW performance: “Tone (DC): three guitar post-rock army fills every available space with sound, makes an outdoor show sound like an indoor show.” Tone has proven itself an enduring underdog among its hometown pack of storied punks, many of whom have filtered through the group’s ranks over the years. The band at one time or another has included members of Government Issue, Teen Idles, Unrest, Edsel, Pitchblende, and Thud, just to name a few. Currently a five-piece band, the ranks of TONE have swelled to as many as nine through the years to include multiple guitarists, bass players and drummers. At times TONE has performed with string and horn players, even dancers. From 2004 through 2006, a collaboration with The Bowen McCauley Dance Company resulted in performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., a festival appearance in Aachen, Germany, and a set of intense new works. TONE has performed in numerous venues throughout the Eastern U.S., in Europe, and at SXSW in 2010. Tone has produced seven albums, including their most recent release, Antares, available on Dischord. Previous recordings are available from The Kora, Dischord, Independent Project, and Neurot Recordings.



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