Tsunami

Genres: Documentaries Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s

Biography

From Arlington, Virginia, USA, Tsunami remained true to the ‘street level activism’ credo of punk, though their music was more pop-orientated than that categorization implied. Comprising Jenny Toomey (guitar/vocals), Kristin Thomson (guitar/vocals), Andrew Webster (bass/vocals) and John Palmer (drums), they once invited the press to ‘try to prove we’re not punk rock’. They rose to prominence in the 90s through a series of 7-inch singles released on their own Simple Machines Records (other artists featured included Nation Of Ulysses, Velocity Girl, Unrest, Superchunk and Scrawl, as well as Toomey’s ‘other bands’ - Choke and Geek). Their debut release was 1991’s Headringer EP. Later they recorded for the renowned Sub Pop Records Singles CluThough committed to the continuation of the 7-inch single, they also favoured elaborate packaging. January 1993’s ‘Diner’, for example, was accompanied by a menu, while...

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