Tomato (musician)

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Tomato
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Background information
Birth name Chris Harfenist
Also known as Tomato11
Genres Alternative rock
Occupation(s) Drummer, Singer, Songwriter
Instruments Drummer/Singer/Songwriter
Years active 1998 - Present
Labels RCA Records
Hybrid Recordings/Chocodog Records
Steven Records
Associated acts Sound of Urchin
Moistboyz
Ween
Tenacious D
DiamondSnake

Tomato (born Chris Harfenist August 17, 1969) is an American musician who is best known for being the lead singer and drummer for the alternative rock band Sound of Urchin. Tomato was born in New York City, grew up in Rockland County, NY, and presently resides in Brooklyn, NY. He also plays drums in The Moistboyz[1] as well as Dave Dreiwitz from Ween's "Crescent Moon". Tomato was mentored by Gary Chester,[2] author of Modern Drummer Publication's best-selling drum book "The New Breed". Tomato has also played drums for Ween and recorded drums with Tenacious D for the Comedy Central Crank Yankers version of "The Friendship Song". Tomato also has appeared on an episode of the Nickelodeon kids show The Naked Brothers Band (TV series), as a celebrity guest drummer along with Questlove and Claude Coleman, Jr..[3] Tomato is also married to internet celebrity Lori Harfenist, host of The Resident.[4]

In 2009, in addition to playing with Sound of Urchin, Tomato opened his own after school music program in New York City entitled "Tomato's House Of Rock" [THOR].[5] Previously Tomato was the Music Director for the NYC Branch of the Paul Green School of Rock.

On April 30, 2010, the formation of DiamondSnake was announced. The heavy metal band's members include Tomato as well as Moby, Dave Hill (Valley Lodge) and Phil Costello (Satanicide, Valley Lodge).[6]

In April 2012, Tomato opened a second branch of Tomato's House Of Rock in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, NY. As stated in the Village Voice: "New York City is a bastion of educational institutions, but one of its most innovative educators doesn't even have a teaching certificate. What he does have is a lifetime of experience as a rock musician, a passion for imparting real-world skills to kids, and two schools—one in Hell's Kitchen and one in Brooklyn. He goes by Tomato. His school: Tomato's House of Rock, or THOR." [7]

In Fall 2012, the first season of the Louder Education web series debuted on the Metal Injection website, with Tomato and Alex Skolnick as hosts. "Louder Education, their just-announced new web show, will follow hosts Alex Skolnick (from Testament... like you didn’t know that!), Chris “Tomato” Harfenist (Sound of Urchin), and a different special guest every week as they educate (see what I did there?) the students at T.H.O.R. (Tomato’s House of Rock) about the music business and artistic growth, and, of course, lead “a kick-ass jam with the kids.” [8]

Bands[edit]

Discography[edit]

Sound of Urchin

  • 1994 Four Fours From A Calendar Fan
  • 1995 Springtime Makes Me Feel
  • 1996 Earth Blanket
  • 1997 Willow For Gasoline Alley
  • 1998 Approval – Cob 9
  • 1998 All That And A Brandy Alexander
  • 2000 The Orange E.P.
  • 2001 The Jack And Dianne E.P.
  • 2002 Blame Canada E.P. - Live In Toronto
  • 2002 You Are The Best
  • 2005 The Diamond
  • 2009 Rejoice/Black Castle

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