Reliant Tom, is an avant-pop and experimental performance art duo from the New York state area. Formed shortly after composer Monte Weber met choreographer and vocalist Claire Cuny at a DIY show in Brooklyn in 2015, the duo pairs music with their unique talents of sound design, wearable technology, modern dance, and non-genre specific songwriting.
Monte comes from a musical family and began his journey at a young age. His parents ran, and still run, a Brazilian Band in Western, MA. This initially lead him to perform and teach Brazilian percussion. As an adult he went on to study music composition in college and graduate school, first focusing on electro-acoustic composition and then studying at IRCAM where he began designing his Kontrol instrument, a way for Weber to make electronic music more tactile in performance. While Monte continues to compose for ensembles, he has always loved playing in bands but never had the opportunity to mix the two genres until he met Claire. Monte states, “Reliant Tom gives me the outlet to explore both pulse driven works while maintaining the other musical elements which I find fascinating - timbre, aleatoric processes, and interactive technologies.”
Claire started playing music much later in life. Beginning her artistic journey as a ballet dancer in Dallas, she later moved to NYC where she immersed herself in the NYC art scene. She danced in immersive dance companies, sang in multiple bands, performed with theatre companies, and started writing songs. She desired to combine all of these interests of study into one project but hadn’t been able to until she met Monte. Claire explains,“It is very interesting to work together from our differing backgrounds. Our ultimate goal with Reliant Tom is to be a multi-media performance experience that straddles the line between pop and experimental music - and philosophizing about what that even means, and is that even possible as "experimental pop"? It seems like it's an oxymoron. I've learned so much from just trying to navigate this with him.”
The music focuses on the themes of pitfalls in digital communication and the general blasé nature of modern social interaction - all through the guise of avant-pop/avant-punk influenced musical devices. The band's instrumentation is generally comprised of electric guitar, voice, a hybrid electro-acoustic drum kit, synthesizers, as well as elements of Monte's Kontrol Instrument.
Reliant Tom recently signed with Diversion Records and are preparing to release their upcoming art rock album in the fall of 2018.
PRESS KIT IMAGES (includes album artwork)
"Nothing if not absolutely striking... clever instrumentals and cutting edge musical tech with sultry vocals and sharp-tongued lyricism" - The Deli
“Lush atmospheric tones that radiate with undeniable elegance... highlighted by the hypnotic swagger of vocalist Claire Cuny” - Custom Made Music
"Firm yet beautiful vocals paired... with woozy and electronic elegance" - No More Division
Fascinating sound design and sensibility of composition with captivating and haunting vocals - Music Heartbeat