Tomar & the FCs

Friday

Tomar Williams was born in Las Vegas and moved with his family

to Austin, TX in 1986. He got his start singing lead and playing

various instruments on the Chitlin Circuit with his family band as

a youngster. After years with the family band, Tomar branched

out and established himself on the Austin music scene as

keyboardist and backup singer.

In the 90s, Tomar and his brother, Salih, formed the production

team “Carnival Beats”. They went on to produce iconic Hip- Hop

tracks for Big Mo, Mike Jones, and many more.

In 2015, Tomar decided to return to his roots in soul music and

was introduced to The FCs, a new instrumental band on the

Austin scene. Tomar and the FCs was born. In October of that

year, the band self recorded and released their first EP, “Day by

Day”. Deborah Sengupta Stith of the Austin American Statesman

selected it as one of her top releases of the year writing,

“Williams shows his own soul chops with searing vocals that drip

with blood, sweat and tears”.

In what has become a tradition, the band opened 2016 with a

NYE show at the historic Austin Continental Club. They were

selected to play an official showcase at SXSW in March. 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.

The band became mainstays around the Austin and built up a

solid following in Texas with regular shows in San Antonio,

Houston, and Dallas.

“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

(Brownout, Grupo Fantasma, and Echocentrics). Sam Harrell of

KUTX.org 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. The band’s songs were featured daily on the station.

They were asked to play iconic Austin record store Waterloo

Record’s first in-store performance of 2017. The band had a

number of festival appearances in 2017 including Viva Big Bend,

River Revival, and East Side Kings, all culminating with an

appearance at the Austin City Limits (ACL) music festival and a

performance at Circuit of the Americas for the Formula One US

Grand Prix in October. 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. They are hard at work on their

3rd recording, due out in the fall of 2018.

Tomar Williams – Vocals

David Earl – Organ

Mitch Fischels – Bass

Andy Tenberg – Guitar

Paul Kresowik – Drums