Toebow began to take shape as the dream-pop group BOBBY (formerly signed to Partisan) was disbanding. Originally conceived in 2013, the band has evolved from a casual guitar duo to a formidable five-piece band, featuring Martin Zimmermann (vocals, guitars, drums), Nate Ulsh (vocals, guitars), Charlie Kessenich (Drums, Guitars), Olenka Burgess (vocals, keys), and Jo-Anne Hyun (bass). Maia Friedman (Uni Ika Ai) lends her voice to these recordings.
Toebow is not only a band; it is a state of mind and a world of its own. Toebow is playful and lighthearted, yet also severe — a progressive cartoon rock soundtrack forged from the inner goofs of the human soul. On their recent debut EP “Spirit Mane,” guitars are swirling in fingerpicking patterns or they’re soaring through sky-scraping distorted leads, while drums are fluctuating from subtle insistent pulses to elaborate theme parks of paradiddles, which all sits atop warm layers of synthesizers and deep bass guitar. Co-produced with D. James Goodwin (Bob Weir, Kaki King, Whitney), quirky overdubs and surreal lyrics emphasize the feeling that you have entered into a bizarre yet nostalgic alternate reality.