Tomar and the FCs are a soul band from Austin, TX.
Tomar Williams got his start singing lead on the Chitlin Circuit with his family band in the late 1980s. After several decades as a side man on the Austin scene and successful work in Hip-Hop production, Tomar decided to return to his roots as a frontman in 2015. A mutual friend, Nikolas Bouklas, introduced him to a recently formed local instrumental band, the FCs, and common purpose and chemistry were apparent to both sides from the first tune. The band self recorded and released their first EP, â€œDay by Dayâ€ which The Austin American Statesman selected as a top release and wrote, â€œWilliams shows his own soul chops with searing vocals that drip with blood, sweat and tearsâ€.
â€œHeart Attackâ€, the bandâ€™s debut album, was released in late 2016. It was recorded and mixed with Grammy winning artist/engineer Adrian Quesada. KUTX wrote that the album is, â€œPure soul, pure energyâ€¦Heart Attack, the single from the bandâ€™s latest album of the same name, is an electric three minute ride of some of the purest blues/ soul weâ€™ve heard lately.â€
Over the next few years, the band established themselves on the Texas and National music scenes. They were selected by NPR Music to represent Austin for the Tiny
Their second full length record, â€œRise Aboveâ€, was released in February, 2020 on Splice Records. The Austin Chronicle wrote that â€œWilliams today notches four full decades of performance and finally hits his stride north of 50â€. The band are known as one of Austinâ€™s best live acts and are favorites for locals and visitors at iconic clubs like The Continental Club, Antoneâ€™s, and The White Horse.
Desk Concert Series, played the Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL), made yearly appearances at SXSW, and were voted in the top Five of the Austinâ€™s Chronicleâ€™s Music Poll for Blues, Funk, and Soul. In 2019, after several national and regional tours, they signed with Houston based Splice Records and were awarded a $20,000 Black Fret Grant.