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TUTE INTERVIEW 
10/05/04

TOMALO is an Argentinean heavy metal band that has opened for such greats as "Vince Neil " (Motley Crue) & "Michael Monroe" (Hanoi Rocks )  in Argentina. They learned of the far-reaching scope of Thats So Metal and were anxious to bring their brand of heavy metal to the States through our site. They have 2 independent edited cds: "TOMALO" (1999) and "PLAY IT LOUD" (2002); and one covers album only for the internet named "Optimizer Interactive Covers". The whole Optimizer album can be downloaded through the following website where you can also check out the band's bio and pictures... www.tomaloweb.com.ar
 
Tomalo's first CD is 75% in Spanish and 25% in English. The second one, "PLAY IT LOUD" is recorded 100% in English.
 
Read on to see what Tute Tomalo had to tell us!

 

 

1. Please tell us a little bit about your background, how long you've been playing, and when you were first inspired to start a band.
 
HI!! TOMALO WAS BORN IN 1998 AFTER SOME MEMBERS AND NAME CHANGES. THE GROUP WAS CREATED AND INSPIRED BY THE FIRST SHOW KISS MADE IN ARGENTINA. AFTER THAT DAY, WE KNEW WHAT WE WANNA DO WITH OUR LIVES.
OUR DISCOGRAPHY CONSISTS OF 2 EDITED CDS: "TOMALO" (1999) AND "PLAY IT LOUD" (2002); AND A 3RD COVER ALBUM ONLY AVAILABLE THROUGH THE INTERNET NAMED "OPTIMIZER INTERACTIVE COVERS" (2004). 
 
2. How different is the metal scene in Argentina as compared to other countries?
 
ARGENTINEAN METAL SCENE IS REALLY DIVERSE... THERE'S A LOT OF BANDS, A LOT OF GOOD MUSICIANS, FEW "GOOD" PLACES TO PLAY, FEW PROMOTERS AND LABELS THAT ARE LOOKING FOR NEW TALENT... AND ALL OF THIS IS BECAUSE THE BAD ECONOMICAL SITUATION WE ARE GETTING THROUGH IN OUR COUNTRY.  THIS MAKES US LOOK FOR FOREIGN MARKETS TO SHOW OUR MUSIC.
 
 3. What major bands influenced you most?
 
MAINLY KISS, DEF LEPPARD, FIREHOUSE, POISON. WE ALSO LIKE MOTLEY, TWISTED SISTER, HELLOWEEN, DREAM THEATER, WASP, GREAT WHITE, ETC. ANYTHING GOOD.
 
4. Has Tomalo any plans for playing the USA or Europe any time soon?
 
WE WOULD LOVE TO PLAY EITHER IN USA OR EUROPE !!  A LOT OF PEOPLE FROM THERE ASK US THE SAME QUESTION !! ...NOWADAYS WE ARE PROMOTING OUR STUFF IN DIFFERENT COUNTRIES AND WE ARE WAITING FOR A CONCRETE OFFER EITHER TO MAKE A TOUR OR TO PROMOTE OUR CDS.
RIGHT NOW, WE ARE GIVING THE FINAL TOUCH TO WHAT WILL BECOME OUR 4TH ALBUM. IT WILL BE OUT IN THE BEGINNING OF YEAR 2005. WHAT A BETTER OPPORTUNITY TO GET TO KNOW US THAN THIS!!
 
 5. When you are not playing your own music, what do you enjoy to listen to?
 
I ENJOY LISTENING TO HARD ROCK IN GENERAL (KISS, FIREHOUSE, ETC); POP/ROCK BANDS SUCH AS THE POLICE, GENESIS AND SOME POWER METAL BANDS SUCH AS GAMMA RAY, HELLOWEEN AND DREAM THEATER. 
 
6. If you could choose any band to tour with, who would it be?
 
I'D LOVE  TO MEET BLACKY FROM W.A.S.P. !!!  BUT ANY OF THE BANDS THAT I PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED AS INFLUENCES, WOULD BE A DREAM COME TRUE !!!  WE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY OF OPENING FOR HUGE MUSICIANS SUCH US MICHAEL MONROE (HANOI ROCKS) AND VINCE NEIL (MOTLEY CRUE).
 
7. What inspires you most when writing songs, and who in the band does most of the writing?
 
I (TUTE) AM THE MAIN SONGWRITER AND COMPOSER OF TOMALO... I GET INSPIRATION FROM BASIC THINGS THAT MOVE THE WORLD SUCH AS LIFE, DEATH, LOVE, HATE, ENVY, FALSENESS, HAPINESS, RELIGION AND ROCK AND ROLL !!!
 
8. You have opened for some pretty famous acts in the past, who was your favorite to play with?
 
WITH MONROE!  IT WAS SUCH A  SURPRISE, WE KNEW HIS MUSIC BUT NOT A LOT... AND HE GOT US CRAZY, IT TURNED OUT TO BE AN AMAZING SHOW !!
WITH VINCE IT WAS DIFFERENT. THERE WERE 3000 PEOPLE, IT WAS AT THE MISTICAL OBRAS STADIUM WHERE BANDS SUCH AS KISS, SKID ROW, MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST, THE CULT, AMONG OTHERS HAD PLAYED ... THIS WAS A TOTALLY DIFFERENT STORY. BESIDES, WE LOVE MOTLEY, WE GOT A GREAT RELATIONSHIP WITH VINCE'S MUSICIANS AND ALL OF THIS ENDED UP AS A GREAT MEMORY...
 
 9. What is the craziest thing that has happened to you while on the road or performing?
 
THIS HAPPENED ON ONE OF OUR TOURS AROUND ARGENTINA, IN MISIONES PROVINCE. WE HAD TO GO TO A LOCAL TV CHANNEL TO PROMOTE OUR SHOWS. BEFORE STARTING THE INTERVIEW, OUR PROMOTER ADVISED US THAT THE GUYS THAT HOSTED THE TV PROGRAM WERE A BIT STUPID AND THAT WE HAD TO CARRY THE SITUATION OURSELVES, IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA.
NOT ONLY DID WE CARRY THE SITUATION, BUT ALSO WE SHOWED THE AUDIENCE HOW IDIOIC THE HOSTS WERE ON THE AIR... THIS WAS SO FUNNY THAT EVERY PERSON WE MET, THAT HAS SEEN THE TV SHOW, GREETED US AND TOLD US HOW COOL WE HAVE BEEN ON THE TV SHOW... UNFORTUNATELY SOME DAYS LATER WE HEARD THAT ONE OF THE TV HOSTS WAS FIRED ... OOPS !! ... WE DIDN'T MEAN TO GO THAT FAR!      
 
 
10. What would you say to American listeners who aren't familiar with your band? Why should they want to listen to you?
 
FIRST OF ALL, YOU CAN DISCOVER A ROCK AND ROLL BAND WITH A VERY UNIQUE STYLE. YOU CAN LISTEN TO SOMETHING NEW WITHOUT BEING  A COPYCAT OF OUR GREAT INFLUENCES.
WE HAVE A SLOGAN THAT MAY EXPLAIN WHAT I MEAN: NON STANDARD HARD ROCK.
WELL, BEFORE SAYING GOODBYE, I'D LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY AND INVITE ALL OF YOU TO VISIT OUR WEBSITE www.tomaloweb.com.ar  WHERE YOU WILL FIND A LOT OF TOMALO MP3 AND ALL THE INFO OF THE BAND TO LEARN MORE ABOUT TOMALO.

 

 

Source: "That So Metal" WebSite from USA. 

Full interview at:  http://www.thatssometal.com