The annual Richmond International Film Festival is under way though March 5th with a broad offering of the arts for the Richmond community. This year, along with more than 150 films, industry panels, and Q&A sessions, local venues will be hosting more than 50 diverse musical acts, national and international. One of these must-see bands is the Jacksonville three-piece, TOMBOi.
The self-described “queer indie rock band/whose music incorporates psychedelic pop vocals, driving guitar leads, and a combination of live and electronic beats,” will be hitting Strange Matter on tonight, March 1st, as a kick off to their SXSW appearance and cross-country tour.
TOMBOi is bringing incredibly catchy pop jams wrapped in punctual gainy rock guitar to audiences all around the country, and it’s certainly well received. Seriously, check out their self-titled EP on Itunes or Amazon.
They have recently set up an Indiegogo to raise money for their upcoming album, Spectrum. On their Indiegogo the band says of the new album, “Spectrum is an album that is inspired by the social and personal experiences of growing up as queer androgynous women in the south.”
A music video for their single, Lobos, is out now.
In an interview with The Alley Sessions, TOMBOi guitarist Paige McMullen said, “queer has many terms, it can be used to describe a particular sexual orientation, it can also be used as a communal term to describe anything that is outside of heteronormative behavior and I think that’s more the term we attach ourselves to.”
Vocalist, Alex E added, “We really just identified the fact that when we started that being 3 women people were gonna call us girls people were gonna ask us about our sexuality, and really we wanted to own who we are to let other queer people and queer youths know that there’s no shame in that game and that the oddness is here to stay and is going to be the not so odd in the near future.”
Self-identified queer rap-scallion Alfred is no stranger to Strange Matter, having performed there several times with his family of talented songwriters and performers under the banner B.ckwards Haus Ops. This Thursday, however, Alfred returns to the dark stage with another Richmond-based musician Yung Pocket$ (Matthew Hirsch), to give us soundbites off their soon to be released [...]