Tone is an instrumental band from Washington DC formed in 1991. Tone primarily performs with three electric guitars, bass guitar, and drum kit. The band is known for guitar-based instrumentals dedicated to dynamic contrast and textures not normally found in rock music. Long recognized as a precursor to the post-rock instrumental scene (Mono, Explosions in the Sky, Do Make Say Think, Maserati, godspeed you! black emperor), Tone’s style that is dense and heavy, yet surprisingly emotive. Rolling Stone described their SXSW performance: “Tone (DC): three guitar post-rock army fills every available space with sound, makes an outdoor show sound like an indoor show.”
From late 2004 to early 2006, Tone collaborated with the Bowen McCauley Dance Company in preparation for key performances at the Kennedy Center and the 2006 Schrittmacher Festival in Aachen, Germany as well as supporting the Bowen McCauley’s 15th Anniversary performance.
Tone has produced five albums; their sixth release is due early 2012 on The Kora Records, coincides with the band’s 20th anniversary.