There isn’t much known about BMSR frontman TOBACCO. There’s his government name, Tom Fec. A few photos if you want to Google, most of them in a mask. He’s done enough interviews where he patiently breaks down the creative process and the ideas espoused, but has mostly resisted the soul-snuffing admissions expected from contemporary musicians. In that vein, he’s closer to a Boards of Canada, DOOM, or Aphex Twin—periodically visible but opaque—emotional but unwilling to exploit the self-mythology and cult that cropped up around him.
Acclaimed by critics, although most have been left bewildered by it, BMSR is cleary doing something right as the tour with Nine Inch Nails goes to show. Although doing a split with NIN synth man Allesandro Cortini probably didn’t hurt. The split in question contains tracks ‘Baby’s In The Void’ and ‘Ipermercato’. The former is streaming now, and is a low fi, 80’s retro, synthwave hybrid.
TOUR DATES
THU 5/31 WASHINGTON, DC Black Cat
FRI 6/1 PHILADELPHIA, PA Union Transfer
SAT 6/2 NEW YORK, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
SUN 6/3 BOSTON, MA Brighton Music Hall
THU 6/14 CINCINNATI, OH Urban Artifact
FRI 6/15 DETROIT, MI El Club
SAT 6/16 CHICAGO, IL Metro
SUN 6/17 COLUMBUS, OH Skully’s Music Diner
6/22 – LONDON, UK, Royal Festival Hall – Meltdown Festival*
6/24 – LONDON, UK Royal Albert Hall*
6/25 – PARIS, FR Olympia*
6/27 – AMSTERDAM, NL AFAS Live*
FRI 8/10 PITTSBURGH, PA Mr. Smalls
SAT 8/11 LOUISVILLE, KY Headliners
SUN 8/12 ASHEVILLE, NC Orange Peel
TUE 8/14 AUSTIN, TX Mohawk
WED 8/15 HOUSTON, TX White Oak Music Hall
FRI 8/17 ATLANTA, GA Masquerade (Hell)
SAT 8/18 NASHVILLE, TN Mercy Lounge
* = with Nine Inch Nails