Via Diversion Records
“Happy Birthday was partly influenced by the first time Monte came home to Texas to meet my parents for the first time. My mom is a very mysterious character- even to me. She’s smart, sometimes cutting, she’s strong, sometimes stubborn. She has a tendency to let her depression take over her but she’s also hilarious in a wry kind of way. Monte’s visit happened to fall onto my Mom’s birthday. The whole family was trying to plan a nice dinner out to celebrate but my mom came out in a bathrobe and said, I just want to stay in bed and be left alone today, and then disappeared into the darkness of her bedroom. I completely understood this impulse all too well and wanted to write about it.” -Claire Cuny
Monte comes from a musical family and began his journey at a young age. His parents ran, and still run, a Brazilian Band in Western, MA. This initially lead him to perform and teach Brazilian percussion. As an adult he went on to study music composition in college and graduate school, first focusing on electro-acoustic composition and then studying at IRCAM where he began designing his Kontrol instrument, a way for Weber to make electronic music more tactile in performance.
“Reliant Tom gives me the outlet to explore both pulse driven works while maintaining the other musical elements which I find fascinating – timbre, aleatoric processes, and interactive technologies.” –Monte
Claire started playing music much later in life. Beginning her artistic journey as a ballet dancer in Dallas, she later moved to NYC where she immersed herself in the NYC art scene.
In addition to the more conventional instrumentation of drums, synthesizers, and guitars, in both recording and live performances, the band also makes use of custom and alternate controllers such as joysticks, breath controllers, hot hand rings, and drawing tablets to make the electronic instruments more physical and expressive. In many of their performances, Reliant Tom also utilizes visual elements and dancers that also make use of the wearable sound-controlling tech.
Reliant Tom recently signed with Diversion Records and will be releasing their new album Bad Orange on November 2nd, 2018.
Please direct all press inquiries to George Chammas – george@planetarygroup [dot] com