Tobacco (musician)

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Background information
Birth nameThomas J. Fec
Also known asTobaxxo
OriginAllegheny County, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Years active1996–present
Associated acts

Thomas Fec, better known by his stage name Tobacco, is an American electronic musician. He is the frontman of the psychedelic rock band Black Moth Super Rainbow, in addition to working as a solo artist.[1] As of late 2018, he has teamed up with rapper Aesop Rock to become the music duo Malibu Ken, releasing their self-titled debut album in January 2019.


Little is known about Tobacco, as he, along with the rest of Black Moth Super Rainbow, are very private and rarely do interviews. It is known that Tobacco grew up in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Hampton High School in 1998 along with bandmate Seth Ciotti[citation needed]. In a 2009 interview with Skyscraper Magazine, Tobacco said that his name derived from "a character that freaked me out as a kid, the Tobacco Man," referring to the character from the film Redneck Zombies.[2]

Tobacco released his first solo album, Fucked Up Friends, on Anticon on October 14, 2008.[3] It was recorded using entirely analog equipment.[4] Rolling Stone said of the album, "one of the year's best stoner-rock records - only it's powered by synths, hip-hop beats and vocoders instead of guitars."[5] Exclaim! called it "worthy of obsessive listening."[6] The album featured a guest appearance from Aesop Rock.[7] A DVD of the album had been released more than a year prior, on September 3, 2007, by The 70's Gymnastics Recording Company.[8]

In February 2010, an e-mail sent out to the Black Moth Super Rainbow/Tobacco e-mail list announced a new CD by Tobacco entitled Maniac Meat that would feature Beck on two tracks titled "Fresh Hex" and "Grape Aerosmith." Tobacco revealed that in making the album, the two exchanged parts for songs via e-mail, and that they had never actually met in person. On March 30, 2010, the website Pitchfork Media released the first song from Maniac Meat titled "Sweatmother".[9] The album came out on May 25 on Anticon.

LA UTI was released on November 9, 2010 on Anticon as a companion piece to Maniac Meat. The EP features underground rappers such as Doseone, Rob Sonic, Serengeti among others.[10][11]

Tobacco produced the track "Glass Coffins" from Antipop Consortium rapper Beans' solo album End It All in 2011.[12]

In February 2012 it was announced that Tobacco and Zackey Force Funk were teaming up to release an album under the band name Demon Queen. The album, Exorcise Tape, was released March 8, 2013 on Rad Cult.[13]

Several of Tobacco's songs are featured in the HBO series Silicon Valley, including "Stretch Your Face", which serves as the show's theme song.

in 2017, Tobacco toured with Nine Inch Nails and would have opened for them on their September US tour.[14]


In an interview with Kotori Magazine in September 2008, Tobacco explained the difference between Black Moth Super Rainbow and Tobacco: "Mostly everything I've done with BMSR is made to be pop. And alot [sic] of people say BMSR is bordering on hip-hop beats. So with Tobacco, I wanted to embrace my beats and get darker and sleeker with it all. I want to make you feel paranoid in a good way. There’s something seriously fucked about workout tapes from the mid 80s, and just about everything obscure on beta tape. They make me feel awful, but really good and curious at the same time. With this Tobacco stuff, I’m trying to translate that feeling." [15]

Tobacco's live shows mainly consist of him and BMSR bandmate The Seven Fields of Aphelion, and an unnamed person from Portland, Oregon[citation needed], playing along with video projections from Fucked Up Friends and Fucked Up Friends 2.




  • Mystic Thickness (2010)
  • LA UTI (Anticon, 2010)
  • Lipstick Destroyer (Volcom, 2013) Split with Black Bananas




  • Fucked Up Friends (The 70's Gymnastics Recording Company, 2007)
  • Fucked Up Friends 2 (Rad Cult, 2010)




  1. ^ James Christopher Monger, Tobacco, biography at (mirror of Allmusic).
  2. ^ Interview by Toby Rogers, Skyscraper Magazine, Issue 30, Spring 2009
  3. ^ Review of Fucked Up Friends. Pitchfork Media
  4. ^ Matthew Blackwell, Review of Fucked Up Friends. Prefix Magazine
  5. ^ Kevin O'Donnell, Review of Fucked Up Friends. Rolling Stone, December 11, 2008, p. 98.
  6. ^ Josiah Hughes, Review of Fucked Up Friends. Exclaim!, October 2008.
  7. ^ Review of Fucked Up Friends. Alternative Press, November, 2008, p. 164.
  8. ^ "Hawker Boat"/"Hairy Candy". Pitchfork Media, August 8, 2007.
  9. ^ Pitchfork Media
  10. ^ Fitzmaurice, Larry (November 17, 2010). "Tobacco: LA UTI EP". Pitchfork Media.
  11. ^ Martins, Chris (November 30, 2010). "Tobacco: LA UTI". The A.V. Club.
  12. ^ Walby, Sam (February 28, 2011). "Beans - End It All". Drowned in Sound.
  13. ^ Conaton, Chris (October 15, 2013). "Demon Queen: Exorcise Tape". PopMatters.
  14. ^ "Live - nine inch nails". nine inch nails. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
  15. ^ "Tobacco: 'I Feel Really Normal Most Days. Kotori Magazine interview with Tobacco, September 26, 2008

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