As the opening band for Brian Setzer’s Christmas Extravaganza, Totsy had me from the beginning.
With sexy theatricality and their own unique brand of big band “Burlesque pop,” Totsy are good, dirty fun. The recent debut of the band’s seven-track EP, Red Balloon, looks like a promising float all the way to the top.
The record swings off right from the start with, Boom Boom Room. The upbeat, old-timey sounding track paints a fun, sultry portrait with a beat you can jive to. The music found here is unlike anything I’ve heard come out of modern music in awhile. Nothing is proof of that more than, Little White Secrets.
The pinging music box style and down-beat baritone support make for a married sound that is best describe as the beautiful notes of The Nightmare Before Christmas and Babes in Toyland making love, yes, that would be this song.
The band shot a music video for the fun, sort of quirky track, Dope on a Rope. Although this song is just as good and strange as every other track off of the album, I don’t believe it is the standout. That title belongs to the opposites-attract themed song, Ball and Chain.
This simple, tongue-in-cheek love song is a tribute to relationships built on the ying and yang theory. It’s a timeless soundtrack for couples not ashamed to admit that their differences can often be their strengths.
Totsy are innovators of blending genres fallen to the wayside. They encompass elements of Big Band, Rockabilly and pop with a carnival style, burlesque theme of risqué appeal. Red Balloon is available for immediate purchase on the bands website: TotsyBand.com
BOTTOM LINE COMPARISON: If you’re looking for something different, sexy and timeless, check out Totsy’s Red Balloon.