Toro Y Moi (a.k.a. Columbia, South Carolina’s Chaz Bundick) is the sound the world has been waiting for. This multi-cultural juggernaut gathers up the best musical elements from around the globe- R&B, Indie Rock, Electronic Dance and Psychedelica -and creates something-freaking-else! Over the course of his first groundbreaking full length Causers Of This, Toro Y Moi turns the aforementioned musics upside-down with his breathtakingly innovative approach. The incendiary power of Toro Y Moi’s funky synth and guitar play, pumping digital rhythms and gorgeously bright vocal harmonies makes for a formidable combination. A soon to be masterpiece of a currently unnamed genre.
Toro Y Moi is 23 year old Columbia, South Carolina native and resident Chaz Bundick. After earning a BFA in Graphic Design at The University of South Carolina, Chaz decided to push his music further now that he has more time on his hands. His mom came from the Phillipines to the United States, where she met her future husband (who’s African American) in college. They lived in New York City taking in all the wonderful cultural influences the city’s rising underground scene had to offer at the time (late 70s/early 80s). Deciding to slow down and be closer to family, they moved to Columbia, South Carolina where they had their first child…
Chaz Bundick’s methods are constantly changing and evolving. Heavily influenced by his parent’s vinyl and tape collection, he also possesses great admiration for contemporary influences like Animal Collective, Sonic Youth, J Dilla, and Daft Punk. Like most prepubescent teens, he had his punk band and once that died out, the “side project” soon became the main focus.
Toro y Moi started in 2001 as a bedroom project but quickly grew into the live performance realm. The songs are born from a plethora of different genres, from freak-folk to R&B to French House.
Before any full length album has been released, Toro Y Moi has already received praise from music websites like Pitchfork and Gorilla Vs. Bear as well as print features in the NME and Dazed and Confused.
TORO Y MOI
12/10 Washington, DC DC9 *
12/11 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie %
12/12 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Bowl
12/13 New York, NY Cake Shop
12/15 New York, NY Mercury Lounge #
12/16 New York, NY Mercury Lounge #
12/17 Baltimore, MD The Ottobar
12/19 Columbia, SC The Spyda Zone %
* = w/ Tickley Feather, Future Islands
# = w/ Neon Indian
% = w/ Tickley Feather
Toro Y Moi
Causers of This
Street Date: Feb. 2, 2010
3. Imprint After
5. Fax Shadow
6. Thanks Vision
7. Freak Love
9. You Hid
10. Low Shoulders
11. Causers Of This
TORO Y MOI LINKS:
Band Page – toroymoi.blogspot.com
MySpace – myspace.com/toroymoi