Meg Castellanos in 2009
|Origin||Oakland, California, United States|
|Genres||Alternative rock, alternative metal, punk rock|
|Members||Antonio "Tony" Aguilar (guitar/vocals)
Meg Castellanos (bass)
Chris Fugitt (drums)
Totimoshi, founded in Oakland, CA in 1997, is an American rock band based in Los Angeles. The trio, who now reside in sunny Southern California, has been unrelenting and uncompromising in their vision. Their music incorporates all that's Cali. Raised in the high desert mountains of California just 30 minutes from the home town of Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart, Antonio Aguilar shares Beefheart and Zappa's air of adventure and uncompromising spirit. He writes songs that sound like his mountains look: dark, mysterious, dry and powerful. Each song has a breath of its own. You won't find a record where every song sounds alike. In Totimoshi you'll find passion and feeling. Pitchfork saidi: “It reaches the luminous place that Charlie Sexton's Under the Wishing Tree occupied, the union of "roots" and "rock.” Totimoshi have toured extensively across the US, Canada and Europe with Mastodon, High on Fire, Helmet, and Melvins. Countless reviewers have tried unsuccessfully to pigeonhole this California trio as it's easier to say - "they sound like" or "it's reminiscent of" than it is to listen, comprehend and articulate. “Genres aren’t for us,” says Aguilar . Why? “Well, because we sound like no one else, never wanted to. I made up my own tuning. I basically had to re-learn how to play guitar. It sets us apart though, all that effort.
Style and reception
Inspired by bands such as the Zappa and Jimi Hendrix, although the 2008 album Milagrosa borrows more from the band Shellac. Milagrosa, a concept album and stylistic departure from the band's previous albums, is written to the themes of the battle between love and hate, according to the vocalist, Tony Aguilar. It received a 7.5/10 score on Pitchfork Media, and 3/4 from the eZine Static Multimedia.
|1999||Totimoshi||self-released||out of print|
|2002||¿Mysterioso?"'||Crucial Blast||Drums by Johann Zamosa|
|2003||Monoli"||This Dark Reign Recordings||Drums by Don Newenhouse|
|2006||Ladrón||Crucial Blast Records, Volcom Entertainment (2007)||Drums by Luke Herbst, Chris Irizarry; Produced by Page Hamilton|
|2008||Milagrosa||Volcom Entertainment||Guest vocals by Mike Kissam; Produced by Page Hamilton and Toshi Kasai|
|2011||Avenger||At a Loss||drums by Chris Fugitt||Source: Official website|
- Pehling, Dave (June 30, 2008). "Totimoshi". SF Weekly. Retrieved 2009-03-25.
- Olskooly. "Totimoshi – Ladrón". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved 2009-03-25.