Last Night: The Tontons At Warehouse Live
Thursday night, the Houston indie scene wished the Tontons a safe and successful journey on a one-month tour of the East Coast and South with a packed-ass show at Warehouse Live. As is the territory in Houston these days, every band is graduating to bigger things. Robert Ellis was being feted by iTunes two nights ago on Twitter, the same time he snagged an upcoming opening slot for George Jones. The Tontons sound-checked with an unreleased Ellis song early Thursday night.
The Tontons themselves keep grabbing buzz left and right, and have been on a steady upward track since at least 2008. Thursday's show was just another gig though, a warm-up for the tour, which the band will be on for the next month before returning to Houston to release their new Golden EP and play the inaugural Houston Press BestFest.
Openers Ancient Cat Society features three members of Buxton, yet another band on the rise this fall; sitting in was Geoffrey Mueller from, yep, Ellis' backing band the Boys. ACS is a darker and swampier Buxton. Whereas that band floats in the air, ACS has its feet flat on the muddy banks of a drying creek bed.
Year of the Cats (L-R): Ancient Cat Society's Austin Sepulvado, Haley Barnes and Sergio Trevino
Catch them where you can (such as... BestFest) before Buxton goes on tour themselves across the country in the next few months.
New Orleans indie four-piece Sun Hotel made for a quality in-between act for the evening, unreeling organic swatches of delicate noise. The group had fans and NOLA expats in the house to cheer them on, and their merch table was busy after their set. Great drumming too - they reminded us of Houston's own sIngs and their new direction they showed off a few weeks back at the Roky Moon record release show.
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. His presence took the band a few minutes to recoup from before starting their set with "Bones". The usual fan favorites, like "1816" and "Leon" mingled with newer stuff like the whip-crack of "Golden" from the forthcoming EP.