The Tontons, fresh off the release of their latest record Make Out King And Other Stories Of Love, brought the new tunes to Warehouse Live for a release party featuring Austin’s Octopus Project and Houston’s own Buxton. Starting things off early with a rousing set of new material, Buxton didn’t play like an opener giving. They had a lot to prove apparently, and with a really great list of new songs on the bill they gave their everything to the early goers flooding into the venue.
Octopus Project gave us a short-but-sweet set that spanned the whole map of their discography. While I’ve seen the indietronica group pack the smaller room in that place all by themselves, it was cool to see them open up for one our burgeoning local bands. It really shows how far our local scene has come that a band of that caliber would graciously take the stage before the group of the evening, The Tontons.
It doesn’t seem like a day goes by without hearing about some major music publication mentioning The Tontons, and with a bunch of hype heading into next weeks SXSW, they are set for a big year. Their new record is a polished take on the brand of music they’ve been playing on Houston stages for the past 6 years. They’ve come a long way in that short period of time, and this performance showed why.
Check out a whole bunch of photos from the show after the jump.