Tone & Niche

Tone & Niche

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Tone & Niche (tone & Neesh) a band out of Detroit, MI. perform an eclectic mix of rock, pop, singer/songwriter, and folk music inspired by performers like The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Duke Ellington to the more modern writers such as Ron Sexsmith, Mike Viola and Joe Pernice.

Biography

Tone & Niche (tone & Neesh) a band out of Detroit, MI. is made up of four musicians. Fronting the band is singer/songwriter Anthony Retka and violinist Nicole Varga. Drums and Bass back the duo.
Tone and Niche perform an eclectic mix of rock, pop, singer/songwriter, and folk music inspired by performers like The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Duke Ellington to the more modern writers such as Ron Sexsmith, Mike Viola and Joe Pernice.
The group has spent the last year touring in support of their CD - On The Streets Of. They have shared the bill with national recording artists including: Martha Wainwright, Mike Errico and Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers.
Tone & Niche also spent the last year playing a bunch of musical festivals from the Motor City Music Conference and the Metro Times Blowout to Buffalo, NY and the Oswego harbor fest in upstate New York.
Anthony Retka was born in Detroit, MI. and grew up north of Detroit in Mount Clemens. Anthony has been writing songs for a number of years. Now 25, he is studying music, writing, and performance at Macomb Community College and has recieved his Associate of Arts. He now plans to school at Wayne State for his BA. Anthony hopes to continue writing and recording music for a long time to come.
Nicole Varga was born in Detroit, MI. and grew up in Saint Clair Shores, Mi. At the age of 22, she received a Bachelor of Music from Wayne State University. Nicole has been playing the violin for 18 years and has spent the last 5 years playing music with Anthony and hopes to continue playing music for a long time to come as well.
The band's influences stem from a variety of musical performers such as The Beatles, Bob Dylan and The Squirrel Nut Zippers to Billie Holiday, Radiohead and Duke Ellington.

Discography

From Your Hands EP
Released December 2005
1) From Your Hands
2) You Sing For Them All
3) Billie's Theme
(All credits are the same as other records)

On The Streets Of
Released 2004

Anthony Retka: Acoustic/Electric Guitars, Vocals, Harmonica, Aux. Percussion, drums on "The Story"
Nicole Varga: Violin,Viola, Back-up Vocals

Special Guests
Dale Wilson: Lead Guitar on "Tragedy" and "The Story," Mandolin, Saxophone, Back-up Vocals, Aux. Percussion
Lee Weiskirch: Electric Bass Guitar
Filip Stasiak: Upright Acoustic Bass
Rick Smith: Rhodes Electric Piano
Christopher Winter: Drums
Jeni Barry: Back-up Vocals
1.Broken-Hearted Army
2. Spin Violins
3. Fast Fade
4. Strings and Bows
5. The Story
6. On The Streets Of
7. I'm Not Gone
8. Fix My Head
9. No Time To Be Crazy
10. You Don't Love Me
11. Tragedy
12. Pandemonium

All songs written and arranged by Anthony Retka.
"Strings and Bows," "Fast Fade," and "Fix my Head":
co-arranged by Nicole Varga and Dale Wilson.
Recorded at Pixie's, Ferndale, MI.
Engineered by Dale Wilson
Mixed and Mastered by Daniel Johnson and Anthony Retka.
©2004 All rights reserved. (LOC)

Song One EP
Released 2005

Anthony Retka: Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica, Piano, Conga, Percussion
Nicole Varga:Violin, Viola

Special Guests
Lee Weiskirch: Bass
Tom Cuthbert: Drums

Recorded at Geezer Production Studios in 2003
Engineered by Dan Jablonoski
Mixed/Mastered by Daniel Johnson and Anthony Retka
Re-mastered by Anthony Retka (2005)
1. Sour Heart
2. Another Love Song
3. Wait
4. Song One
All songs written by Anthony Retka
©2003/2005 LOC

Anthony Retka
Full-length Solo Acoustic CD
Released 2003
Remixed/Remastered 2004

Anthony Retka: Vocals, Guitar, Banjo, Harmonica, Drums, Aux. Percussion

Special Guests
Nicole Varga: Violin, Viola
Rick Smith: Rhodes Electric Piano
Filip Statsiak: Upright Acoustic Bass
Lee Weiskirch: Bass, Trumpet, Drums

1. Hum
2. In Good Time
3. Nothin' More Than You
4. Where is She
5. Impromptu #1 In
6. City Sets In
7. All The Leaves
8. I Miss You
9. Your Eyes Don't Look In Love Anymore
10. In A Blue Sky
11. I'm Not Asking For The World
12. When You Left (Live)
13. All The Leaves
(Alternate Version-Demo)
14. Can I, Can't I

All Songs By Anthony Retka ©2003
Engineered by Lee Weiskirch-Mount Clemens, MI.
Mixed and Mastered by Anthony Retka
And Lee Weiskirch-Mount Clemens, MI.

Set List

Tone & Niche sets are usually 45 Minutes long.
We play a mixture of songs from each of our CD's including titles such as "On the streets of", Fast Fade", "Fix My Head", "Sour Heart" and "In Good Time."