Tobaïas – Self-Titled EP

Tobaïas formed in Bourg-en-Bresse (near Lyon) and released their awesome six tracks demo back in 2009

Tobaïas EP

Artist: Tobaïas
Title: Tobaïas
Release: EP / Digital
Year: 2011
Label: L’Artiisant, J’Appelle Les Flics, A L’Ombre De Cette Vie, No Way Asso

Formed in Bourg-en-Bresse (near Lyon), Tobaïas released a promising six track demo in 2009. The Burgian quartet finally went into the studio to record four new songs, which were released on a seven-inch in 2011 on four local DIY labels, followed by shows around the country.

It’s a definitive French emo record that I got from my friend Richard, but the pressing of 300 copies makes it an obscure record outside of France. The four songs are strongly built around the sound of ’90s bands like Anomie, Peu Être, Carther Matha, etc. The lyrics are, no surprise here, in French and the sound production is really nice. The visually appealing artwork was done by Hugues Le Corre (owner of Puzzle Records, drummer in 12XU, The Flying Worker!, Baron Noir, Neige Morte, vocalist in Veuve SS) and printed at the Atelier 103 (a great squat in Grenoble).

Unfortunately, Tobaïas haven’t released anything else on vinyl since their self-titled EP in 2011, but they managed to create a Bandcamp profile with all their old songs available for free streaming/downloading plus a new song released on March 01, 2014, which inspired me to write this piece about their seven-inch. This is a great band and I hope you’ll like it too!

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