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ScabScab on the TonTons


Some of you may not know this about old Scabby, but I love me some indie music. A few nights back as I was bumming cigs outside of House of Rock, I heard the most angelic young voice. I made it inside and got to see a couple of songs before I was politely asked to take my dripping somewhere else. I get it. I’m not sure why, but I am always dripping and I know it’s a hazard. No hard feelings on that.
The band I witnessed was the Tontons, and after being ejected, I found a nice gutter within earshot of the Venue and enjoyed the rest of the set. Those pipes belonged to Asli Omar, and she is a force. The boys in the band, bassist Tom Nguyen, and brothers Adam and Justin Martinez, on guitar and drums, knew how to bring it as well.
After their set I limped over to see if I could catch up with any of these up and coming talents. I was able to snap a quick picture on my pre-paid flip phone and come to an arrangement to score a free copy of their sophomore album, Make Out King and Other Stories of Love. I won’t tell you the exact arrangement, but as you can see one of the boys isn’t in the picture…
Make Out King, reminds me of a simpler time in my life. Sometimes feeling like the soundtrack to the many broken hearts and broken bones I’ve experienced. Other times it took me back to those youthful days when I followed The Smiths around from city to city, in hopes of bearing a child for Morrissey. I never got anywhere with that, but I like to think that if I had, she would have sounded something like the TonTons.

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