Tomi

Johnny Brenda's Presents

Tomi

Frances Rose

Mon, July 9, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$12.00

This event is 21 and over

All shows are 21+ Proper I.D. required for admission

Tomi - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Tomi
My name is TOMI and I’ve been making music for 15 years. I grew up listening to rock and disco and going to see Bruce Springsteen perform (13 times so far) with my dad. As a kid, I kept my guitar playing a secret – no girls I knew played guitar. In high school I started playing open mics and going to shows in Northampton and at The Webster in Hartford, where I sought out female folk singers who made me think a girl playing guitar was no big deal. When I finally got to book a show at The Webster myself, the sound guy heard me and asked me if I wanted to open for bigger acts, so I started playing there every month. For the first time, I was performing my own music in front of total strangers. After two years of college, I dropped out and moved to New York. In New York, I got a day job as a receptionist at an investment bank and played shows and rehearsed at night with my band. For two and a half years, I dreamed of quitting to focus on music, which everyone at the office thought was a “cute” distraction, until finally, I got fired. In the last month that I was at the job I wrote “Carry You.” I was starting to realize that I needed to focus on my music and develop my own voice, and the band wasn’t really doing it for me anymore. I needed an outlet that was private and all mine. “Carry You” came out organically; everything kind of aligned. It made sense. It was actually one of the first songs that I had composed where I never wrote down a word. That’s what TOMI is. I don’t have to write it down; it’s amplifying a feeling in the moment. I was also realizing at the time that the relationship I was in was not what I wanted, which was confusing because we were both pretty sure we liked each other. I always call it my first “mature” breakup. This song is about trusting your instincts. The epiphany doesn’t have to come with a negative revelation about yourself. It can just be what you feel and trust to be true.
Frances Rose - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Frances Rose
Sisters Sarah Frances and Michelle Rose have played music together since they were children growing up in the Hudson Valley - performance is in their DNA. Carrying on the legacy of their great granduncle, Epi Stathopoulo of the House of Stathopoulo and the founder of Epiphone Guitars, music has always been in their blood. Whether mixing 80's synth pop, 90’s riot-girl grunge, or minimal experimental beats, their own powerfully unique style and captivating lyrics have never failed to deliver catchy tracks that fans can’t help but to revisit time and time again.

From their first official release, Vampire (2012) on Kitsune, Frances Rose made a strong debut at the top of the Electronic Music Compilations on iTunes - a momentum that has only continued since 2014’s, Questions which featured Brooklyn based DJ Chordashian and garnered them an impressive 400K views on YouTube.

Following up with their single, “Dangerous” in 2016, which was penned by Warner-Chappell publishing-mates, Noise Club, the duo received considerable attention from numerous online media outlets including indie-current, who called the single an “aural bliss” as well as Neon Gold who declared it an “LES rooftop stunner that’s here just in time to melt away the NYC winter.”

The duo has since continued to churn out other quality hits such as the R&B infused summertime jammer, “Read my Body” which was co-written by Larzz Principato (Halsey, Dua Lipa). These powerful women have also shared the stage with like minded progressive pop-leaning artists like, Sky Ferreira, Zella Day, Sza, and Shamir. Sisters Sarah Frances and Michelle Rose are currently gracing stages across the North East and will be dropping their debut mixtape through 169 Music LLC in September of 2017.
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125
http://www.johnnybrendas.com/