Premiere: Toner, “Peasant Dreams”

Oakland band Toner, which began as a solo recording of project of Samuelito Cruz, has had a brief, yet prolific existence, with an EP and LP already under their belt in a little over a year, despite Cruz's involvement in both Never Young and Happy Diving. Today, we're super stoked to give you the first listen of a track from yet another EP, Passing Glance, set for a March 15 release on cassette via Vacant Stare, and followed by a 7" release this summer via Digital Regress. On "Peasant Dreams", Cruz and his now full band make it clear they [...]

By |February 29, 2016|Tags: |

Live This Month: November 2015 — an audio guide to upcoming SF concerts Download: Live This Month: November 2015 (Podcast #374) In Live This Month, we sample some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing in the coming month in the San Francisco Bay Area. This month's episode features a wide variety of local and touring bands, with sounds ranging from the rollicking garage-punk of Timmy's Organism and the lo-fi dream-pop of Toner to electronic compositions by Oneohtrix Point Never and Made of Oak (the solo project of Nick Sanborn of Sylvan Esso). On the out-of-town front, Los Angeles is surprisingly well-represented, with songs from Morgan Delt (performing at the Oakland [...]

East Bay’s Toner shares new music and announces record release

("Peasant Dreams" single art) Local Bay Area bad boy and multi-instrumentalist Samuelito Cruz has been releasing music under the pseudonym Toner for only short time, but with the help of Kennan Choy (bass) and Sam's older brother as their recording engineer, he's put out an EP, an LP, and a new single in anticipation of a 7". [bandcamp width=100% height=120 track=3671907584 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5 tracklist=false artwork=small] That's quite a bit of songwriting for someone who also spends time playing with several other active Bay Area music groups, namely Happy Diving and Never Young, but listening to Toner, his busy schedule [...]

By |August 19, 2015|Tags: |

Stoned and Alone: Oakland’s Toner drops self-titled LP

(Photo by Ant Boyd) Oakland’s Samuelito Cruz is well versed in the Bay Area music scene. Having been involved in a variety of local Bay projects, including Happy Diving and Never Young, Cruz has finally taken time to work on his own personal project: Toner. A chilled out, mellow breeze of musical melodies and diddies, the title track “That’s Fine” brings you in with shimmering guitars and the disaffected, melancholic vocals of Cruz. Written in July and recorded throughout the months of August to December, the album was primarily produced in Cruz’s hometown of Newark in a backyard shed. The [...]

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