TOMAR AND THE FCs
creature comfort: thai food and hotel rooms with multiple beds.
best concert you've ever been to: Prince at the Long Center in the 80s.
favorite cereal: Cheerios
austin go-to: The White Horse
Tomar and the FCs is a soul band from Austin formed in 2015. Tomar Williams got his start singing lead on the Chitlin Circuit with his family band, spent decades as a keyboardist and backup vocalist (Latasha Lee and the Black Ties, Hot Butter Rhythm), and is an experienced hip-hop producer (Carnival Beats). Tomar was introduced to The FCs, a newly formed instrumental outfit, by founding member Nikolas Bouklas. It was immediately clear that they shared a love of soul music and decided to join forces.
The band made its live debut at the Blackfinger party in March of 2015. They self recorded and released their first EP, “Day by Day” in October. The Austin American Statesman picked it as a top release and wrote that, “Williams shows his own soul chops with searing vocals that drip with blood, sweat and tears”. 2016 saw the band become mainstays on the Austin scene and build a solid following in Texas with regular shows in San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas. In March, they were selected to play an official showcase at SXSW. In June, NPR Music picked Tomar and the FCs out of hundreds of Austin entries to represent the city for their Tiny Desk Concert Series.
“Heart Attack”, the band’s debut album, was released in November of 2016. It was recorded and mixed at Level One studio with Grammy winning artist/engineer Adrian Quesada. KUTX wrote that the album is, “Pure soul, pure energy...Heart Attack, the single from the band’s latest album of the same name, is an electric three minute ride of some of the purest blues/soul we’ve heard lately.”
In January of 2017, the band was selected as the KUTX Artist of the Month and were asked to play iconic Austin record store Waterloo Record’s first in-store performance of the year. The band had a number of festival appearances in 2017 including Viva Big Bend, River Revival, East Side Kings, and the F1 US Grand Prix. The year culminated with an appearance at the Austin City Limits (ACL) music festival. They were selected as The Austin Music Foundation’s artist of the month for September and Austin 360’s Artist of the Month for October. In early 2018, the band was voted in the top 5 of the Austin Chronicle’s Music Poll for best Blues, Funk, or Soul artist. In March, they returned to SXSW as official artists and were awarded a prestigious Black Fret nomination. They have a busy performance schedule planned, including an appearance at Old Settler’s Music Festival and two summer tours. The band is also hard at work on their third recording, due out in the fall.