The Tomatoes

The Tomatoes

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"Simply rock music at its finest." --- The Advocate

Biography

With catchy, adrenaline-charged songs and an unapologetic style to their gritty sound, The Tomatoes leap from the edge of this decade’s underground/alternative rock movement. Their second album Trendy is a 10-song narrative of their feelings about the state of the world around them and a testament to their ambition as a band. With distortion-driven anthems (“Teenage Roosevelt” and “Shangri-La”), boozy alt-country (“Bathroom Wall”), and saxophone-bolstered jabs about Juliana Hatfield (“Death To R.I.P.”), The Tomatoes aren’t out to save rock and roll, nor be defined by it. They’re a real, living, breathing band, three friends who have toured back and forth across the country in a 1982 Ford van with no AC or heat, been pulled over by rural police for looking “too suspicious”, made two records and a single in two years, and still sleep on friends’ couches most days of the week. The music is well crafted and the lyrics at times cerebral, yet the feeling is intuition, reaction. The message is “be who you want to be”, or maybe in their case, “play what you want to play” (“Turn Up The Treble” and “Kicking You In The Shins”). They carry that message with a rose and a switchblade, and rock and roll is all the better for it.

Presently: The Tomatoes are working on their third LP in just two years at their studio headquarters known as the Fallout Shelter. Find their music on iTunes and their videos at youtube.com.

Lyrics

Teenage Roosevelt

Written By: Will Burdette - Skinny Tie Music (ASCAP)

Say hello to your suburban wasteland...la da da da
I do believe you can feel your face, man...la da da da

Cause the summer's here
And I get my kicks from Capitol Hill
Yeah the summer's here
And the sun in the sky's so bright

So I sound like a Teenage Roosevelt...la da da da
Yeah I sound like a Teenage Roosevelt...la da da da

Make your way through a conversation...la da da da
Down here the heat feeds your aggravation...la da da da

Cause the summer's here
And I get my kicks from "Blueberry Hill"
Yeah the summer's here
And the sun in sky's so bright

So I sound like a Teenage Roosevelt...la da da da
Yeah I sound like a Teenage Roosevelt...la da da da

(Ahhh...split!)

Say goodbye to your suburban wasteland...la da da da
I do believe you can feel your face, man...la da da da

Cause the summer's here
And I get my kicks from Capitol Hill
The summertime is here
And the sun in the sky's so bright

So I sound like a Teenage Roosevelt...la da da da
Yeah I sound like a Teenage Roosevelt...la da da da

La da dee da da da
La da da da
I'm a Teenage Roosevelt
La da da da

Da doo da doo
Da doo da doo
Da doo da doo
Da doo da doo

Death to R.I.P.

Written By: Will Burdette - Skinny Tie Music (ASCAP)

Juliana sits with her fists clinched in rage
She smashed a guitar in her alt-rock phase
She sucks the juice from a new recyclable
Breathe it in, breathe it out, yeah give that stuff a whirl

Death to radio-indie-pop
Death to radio-indie-pop
Death to radio-indie-pop
Death to radio-indie-pop

Juliana sits with her fists clinched in rage
She thinks that one day her life is gonna change
She sucks the juice from a new recyclable
Breathe it in, breathe it out, yeah give that stuff a whirl

Death to radio-indie-pop
(Oh yeah)
Death to radio-indie-pop
(Oh yeah)
Death to radio-indie-pop
(Oh yeah)
Death to radio-indie-pop
(Oh yeah)

Death to radio-indie-pop!
(Oh yeah)
Death to radio-indie-pop!
(Oh yeah)
Death to radio-indie-pop!
(Oh yeah)
Death to radio-indie-pop!
(Oh yeah)

Bathroom Wall

Written By: Will Burdette - Skinny Tie Music (ASCAP)

Pone of cornbread smoking
And pharaohs will fall
Boys and girls will worship
What’s written on the bathroom wall

So I stood and stared at the overpass
I took a ride in a Ford Taurus
I stood and stared at the overpass
Handset broken body, baby
Yeah, yeah I know
Smile in your gas mask

Pone of cornbread smoking
And pharaohs will fall
Boys and girls will worship
What’s written on the bathroom wall

Like I said, I stood and stared at the overpass
I took a ride in a Ford Taurus
I stood and stared at the overpass
Handset broken body, baby
Why don’t you try laughing
Laughing in your gas mask

Pone of cornbread smoking
And pharaohs will fall
Boys and girls will worship
What’s written on the bathroom wall
Boys and girls will worship
What’s written on the bathroom wall
Boys and girls will worship
What’s written on the bathroom wall
Boys and girls will worship
What’s written on the bathroom wall
Boys and girls will worship
What’s written on the bathroom wall

So I was like, staring at the overpass
Then I stared into the sun for like, two seconds
I mean, it felt like an eternity

Discography

LP - THE RISE AND FALL OF THE TOMATOES
Official release date: March 22, 2005

Single - "Standing (Right Next To You)"
Official release date: September 24, 2005

LP - TRENDY
Official release date: November 14, 2006

LP - DIVISIONISM
Official release date: Fall 2007

Set List

Here is a typical extended Set List for The Tomatoes – the type of list we usually play at headlining shows, retirement facilities, and NATO functions. We can play for over two hours if necessary. All original songs – concocted, written and developed by us. Do not expect any cover songs from us and don’t ask us to play any...

1. Bugles
2. Withdrawal Symptoms
3. Johnny Fly
4. I Gotta Dance
5. SRM
6. Harvest
7. Teenage Roosevelt
8. Hypnosis
9. Shangri-la
10. Back To Baghdad
11. Feeling Right
12. Waves
13. She Wore A Yellow Gas Mask
14. Chicago
15. Skinny Ties And All
16. Smithereens
17. Turn up the treble
18. Gramercy Park
19. Vendetta
20. Deathray Days
21. When The Walls Come Down