Toro Y Moi

Toro Y Moi

Astronauts, etc.

Wed, Sep 30, 2015

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Higher Ground Ballroom

$20 advance | $23 day of show

Tickets at the Door

This event is all ages

Toro Y Moi
Toro Y Moi
Opening to the scream of F1's speeding around a racetrack, and maintaining that intensity with booming guitar riffs and psychedelic effects throughout, the forthcoming album from Toro Y Moi is definitely making a statement. Or maybe a few statements. But Chaz Bundick, the frontman and songwriter, is leaving it up to you to figure out what they are. While it is obvious that each song is crafted around a personally meaningful experience, Chaz seems to purposefully leave the lyrics just vague enough to let each listener mold it into something unique. Chaz presents you with a few themes: love, beauty, nature; and gently lets go of your hand so you can wander off on your own.

A feeling of searching for something threads its way through every song on the album, which is aptly named What For? It feels contradictory in a very human way, like Chaz is swinging between waiting for something and not being able to wait anymore. But the swinging isn't panicked or frustrated, it's just a situation that he's reflecting on. The songs are heavy with nostalgia, too, for simpler times, better music, more fulfilling relationships. Chaz references Weezer to warn you that "there is no one to destroy your sweater" and, in another song, recalls Big Star to declare that "rock and roll is here to stay." It feels like he misses everything (even things he wasn't around for yet), but is somehow excited for what comes next.

What For? is a glimpse into the life of a guy trying to figure out what it all means. The music is influenced by bands like Big Star, Talking Heads, Tim Maia, Todd Rundgren, but it doesn't quite sound like any of them in particular. And it isn't trying to. It has that special something that Chaz imbues in every Toro Y Moi album, his personal filter on the world he experiences. So whatever message you take from the album, don't forget that it's good. As Chaz himself so candidly believes, "Good is good. Good finds its own audience."
Astronauts, etc.
In another universe, the path of Astronauts, etc.’s Anthony Ferraro would have led him to become a classical musician — the culmination of nearly two decades of focused training. But as adventures go, each brings its own trials and it is the explorer's duty to adapt.

After chronic arthritis derailed plans to become a classical musician while studying at the UC Berkeley, Anthony Ferraro dropped out of school and started searching for a new focus. Soon, he began recording bedroom nocturnes under the moniker Astronauts, etc., a name he selected in reference to his reputation among friends as a space cadet with a tendency to let his mind wander wildly. But the handle also appeals appropriately to Ferraro's sense of artistic adventure, finding excitement in the most far flung regions of his creative id, breaking out in 2012 with the Hype Machine-topping "Mystery Colors" and "Coldboy," followed by last year's acclaimed Sadie EP. Astronauts, etc.'s new album Mind Out Wandering comes across as both a culmination of Ferraro's quest and the beginning of something new.

Ferraro's introduction to the world of popular music was catalyzed by a serendipitous meeting with Chaz Bundick of Toro Y Moi in 2012, when Bundick walked into the cafe where he worked. Over the next year they struck up a creative friendship that eventually resulted in a spot for Ferraro in Bundick's touring band. Encouragement and feedback from Bundick was instrumental in Ferraro's choice to continue with Astronauts, etc., and inevitably Mind Out Wandering finds itself nodding occasionally to the funk-laced rhythms that Toro Y Moi has come to be known for.

Astronauts, etc.'s debut album, Mind Out Wandering, will be released Sept. 18 on Hit City U.S.A.
Venue Information:
Higher Ground Ballroom
1214 Williston Road
South Burlington, VT, 05403
http://www.highergroundmusic.com/