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by Sally Tomato

The Debut EP by this award winning iconoclast. Hear Sally Tomato on the only acoustic recordings of the band before they went electric and subsequently evolved into a performance art group.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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2. Adopted by Aliens
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3. I Like You Best
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“Sally Tomato. Is she the product of Artificial Intelligence? Is she a figment of some deranged scientist’s libidinously twisted mentation? Is she the 21st century uberfrau? Is she all of the above? Indeed she is, and more. Much more.” SP Clarke

Sally Tomato is the lead singer of her eponymous band and the star of “Toy Room,” the international and award winning rock opera film. A journey through Sally Tomato’s life, “Toy Room” is her biography. It takes us through her difficult childhood, a tumultuous early adulthood, an abusive marriage, and culminates in redemption through a tool we all share, the innocence of our inner child. If Fellini set Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” to music by Frank Zappa, the result would feel like “Toy Room.” Dramatic, haunting, ethereal, and playful, “Toy Room” shows us Sally Tomato and more. Much more.

She learned to play piano by ear at age two. Doctors quickly advised her to stop playing piano with her ears and use her hands instead. Later, she learned to crawl onto the dining room table began singing to American Bandstand, working on her stage presence for a number of years before going to college on a vocal scholarship. Since then she has sung her way into the hearts of many.

An evening with Sally Tomato is interactive and engaging. Her story songs stem from a long line of storytellers in her family, most notably the legendary saddle maker Duff Severe. He lived in Rodeo Land and knew how to make a pony go.

Besides the Toy Room CD and movie, Sally has a number of other releases in her catalogue. The intimate “Soup” EP was recorded in 2001 and features Sally’s trademark approach on a handful of acoustic numbers. “Concentration” was the 2004 follow up which solidified her presence in the regional music scene and features the cult classic “The Original Barbie”. The film short “UFO Am I” was released in 2007 and follows Sally as she ventures to Area 51 and beyond in search of The Truth. The first in the “explOregon” travel series was released in 2008 and takes a hard look at covered bridges, ghost towns and pixie sticks.

Sally's backing instrumentalists -- Carlos Severe Marcelin on guitar and electronics and Eric Flint on drums -- utilize textured guitars, sequencing, loops, various electronic gadgets, and a huge drum kit to make it all happen, adding richness and depth to Sally's wild fluctuations between smoky chanteuse and childlike recitations.

“Even though we are born the same, over time we are not. We are cut and scarred and made into human art.” Sally Tomato


Radio Mike, Austin, TX
Sally Tomato is Strange Antifolk and Great Lyrics, Obsessively great lyrics. Listen to the Amazingly Clean and erotic Nosferatu. It will leave you Wondering where All of this came from. Here's a Musician that definitely needs to Play at the Sidewalk in NYC. And then It's the World.

Pabst Blue Ribbon, Live and Local- Portland, Oregon
To be honest, Sally Tomato is quite possibly off her rocker. With multi-instrumentalist Carlos Marcelin tossing off Mark Ribot like guitar flourishes, Sally appears to be half Kate Pierson, and half the character that Glenn Close played in Fatal Attraction. Their newest release "Concentration" is a kitsch filled romp with songs about dolls, aliens, and the Feline Research Institute. It's a group well worth seeing, but you might want to hide the rabbits.
Very Interesting slurs of sonic texturing in the passages along with the acoustic rips and simple rap'n with the aliens lyrics and funny thoughts of strange ideas of the third kind...Cool stuff from a girl from portland...-Austn(seattle)

Kind of like folk synth or something. Really took me back to some 80s Glastonbury moments but with a synth!! Your vocalist is great, slightly edgy and sinister sounding and although the lyrics are as mad as a fish she kept the momentum building. This was quite quite different. look forward to hearing more...

from The Willammette Week - Portland, Oregon
Music Fest Northwest Program. Sally Tomato is more complex than introspective, acoustic folk-rock. This is a band capable of smart lyrical left turns and a full sound that swings from rock to folk to salsa barrages. (RS) [Alternative] Sally Tomato plays at Lolas at 10:00, Saturday Sept. 11

from The Oregonian - Portland, Oregon
Music Fest Northwest. Sally Tomato. Expanding the lineup to include drummer Eric Flint, Sally Tomato has also gone electric and is appearing in Portland, to support the new album "Concentration".

from Two Louies - Portland, Oregon
Soup— Sally Tomato, Self-Produced, Many people know of Carlos Marcelin’s brilliant work as guitarist for the band Silkenseed. His brilliance is no less effulgent here. However, let it be said right now that Carlos hit a grand slam home run the day he ran into Sally Tomato. Sally Tomato. Is she the product of Artificial Intelligence? Is she a figment of some deranged scientist’s libidinously twisted mentation? Is she the 21st century uberfrau? Is she all of the above? Indeed she is, and more. Sally Tomato is all of the above and more. Much, much more.

Sally Tomato was born a million years ago on the Jovian moon Io. Her mother was Dorothy Parker. Her father: Lenny Bruce. Her brother is Wild Man Fischer. Her sister is Maggie Roche. Her uncle is Pee Wee Herman. Her aunt is Laurie Anderson. She is the only child of an only child. She created herself in the breakroom of a Goodyear tire factory in Akron, Ohio. She cannot see the color orange. She picks up the signals of high-powered Mexican radio station in the fillings of her teeth. She once helped a chimpanzee to memorize the first three acts of Hamlet. Sally Tomato once ate a jar of Miracle Gro, and it was a miracle! She grew. She once ate dirt and shat a brick. Sally Tomato has three hearts. Sally Tomato once made an asshole disappear. It reappeared in Bogota, Columbia, working for a provisional military junta: which was overthrown the following year. Sally Tomato hears all your thoughts. She writes them down on small pieces of rice paper and sets them afloat upon the Willamette River. Sally Tomato sleeps with one eye open. Sally Tomato is the most original poet/singer/songwriter to hit town since Earl Benson retired. She is hip. She is raunchy. She is totally on the money. She wants to be your Nutty Buddy. That could be a problem. Sally Tomato has a way with words. She is one of a kind. They threw away the mold. Sally Tomato is a fine addition to soups and salads. Ask for Sally Tomato aspic.

Put Sally Tomato on your Christmas gift list. Ask Santa for Sally Tomato. She is not unbreakable. She is not returnable. There are no refunds or exchanges. Do not remove tag. Buy Sally Tomato. Be Sally Tomato. Sally Tomato. She is one of a kind.

And Carlos Marcelin is a truly brilliant guitarist.



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