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There are at least five artists called Tsunami:Read More...
1. An American indie rock band
2. An American hard rock band
3. An Aruban soca group
4. A Belarusian funk-rock band
5. A New Zealand post rock band from Dunedin.
1. Tsunami was an American indie rock band from Arlington, Virginia, formed by housemates Jenny Toomey and Kristin Thomson in late 1990 to play at New Year's party. They enlisted former housemate John Pamer to play drums and Andrew Webster from Jenny's previous band Geek to complete the line up.
Following their inception, Tsunami split their time between touring, recording various 7" singles and devoting time to Toomey & Thomson's Simple Machines record label- from which Tsunami would release the majority of their own music. The band recorded their debut album, "Deep End" during the summer of 1992. However, due to manufacturing and mixing problems this was not released until early 1993. It was then that the band were invited to play the side stage at Lollapalooza, going on to play six shows with Sebadoh, Free Kitten and Thurston Moore. After the release of the band's second album The Heart's Tremolo, Tsunami completed two tours of the US, a tour of England, and an appearance at the Phoenix Festival on the Melody Maker Stage.
In 1995, Tsunami continued to tour the States and also managed to release their 22-song compilation of their hard-to-find singles, b-sides and compilation tracks "World Tour and Other Destinations". The band subsequently had an official one year hiatus whilst John attended UMASS Amherst to complete his undergraduate degree.
Following his graduation in 1996, John decided to stay in Amherst in order to save up so he could move to New York City. With this in mind, Tsunami enlisted the services of another Arlington drummer, Luther Gray. Having practiced with Gray for six months, the band recorded their fourth album at the Kingsize Soundlabs in Chicago. The result, "A Brilliant Mistake", was released in August 1997 on Simple Machines. The band embarked on another US tour to promote the album, taking on new members, Amy Domingues (bass) and Bob Massey (guitar & keyboards).
In 1998, Toomey & Thomson took the decision to call time on the Simple Machines Record Label. The event was marked by the 'Simple Machines Finale party' at which the band performed.
Whilst the end of the record label also marked the end of musical releases from Tsunami, they subsequently fulfilled a short East Coast tour in the same year. Toomey & Thomson joined up for two sets between 2001 and 2003 with a mixture of former members and guest musicians to perform at the Ladyfest festivals in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia, P.A.
2. Tsunami was also a 80's hard rock band from San Jose with two Japanese members, one lead guitarist and the other Lead vocals, unusual for that time. The self-titled debut came out in 1982, the second, "Tough Under Fire" was released in 1990 with Geffen Records with only one member from the original line-up. Rest of the band was replaced and that record became the last recording from the band before they split-up.