Origin Santa Barbara, California
Genres Punk rock, Nu metal
Years active 1995—1998
Labels Geffen Records, Immortal Records
Mike Doling
John Fahnestock
Jamie Miller
Brandon Espinoza
Former members
Lynn Strait
Sonny Mayo
Shannon Larkin
Mike Smith
Tommy Vext

Tons, formerly known as Snot, is an American rock band from Santa Barbara, California. Formed in 1995, the band released their debut studio album Get Some with founding vocalist Lynn Strait in 1997 and disbanded after his death in 1998. In 2008, the lineup of guitarists Mike Doling and Sonny Mayo, bassist John Fahnestock and drummer Jamie Miller reunited. In 2009, the band adopted its current name and Brandon Espinoza joined as vocalist.

History Edit

Formation, Get Some and death of Lynn Strait (1995-1998) Edit

The band was formed by singer Lynn Strait, the former bassist of local metal band First Strike/Indica, and guitarist Mike Doling, formerly of Kronix.[1] After building a strong following with performances in Los Angeles, Snot signed with Geffen Records, and began work on their debut album, Get Some, released on May 27, 1997. Although the album received positive critical notice, sales were disappointing.[2][1]

The band performed on the 1998 Ozzfest tour. On July 9, 1998, Strait was arrested in Mansfield, Massachusetts, for indecent exposure after emerging nude from the oversized toilet prop used by Limp Bizkit in their performances.[3] The band began work on their second album. On December 11, 1998, Strait died in a car accident when a truck struck his car, killing him and his boxer, Dobbs.[2][1] The band disbanded following Strait's death.

Post-death (1999-2007)Edit

Because Strait had not recorded vocals for the album, it was decided that the album's vocal tracks would be completed by friends of Strait as a tribute. Strait Up, released on November 7, 2000, featured appearances by the lead vocalists of Korn, Slipknot, Sevendust, Hed PE, Coal Chamber, Sugar Ray, System of a Down, Incubus and Soulfly, among others.[2][4] It peaked at #56 on the Billboard 200.[5]

A live album, Alive!, was released on July 30, 2002. It peaked at #12 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.[6] On April 5, 2007, the band reunited for a performance in Anaheim, California, with vocals performed by Invitro singer Jeff Weber.[7]

Reunion (2008-present)Edit

In 2008, the band reformed, with former Divine Heresy singer Tommy "Vext" Cummings on vocals.[8] Tommy Cummings and Sonny Mayo left the band, which was renamed "Tons" in 2009.[9]


Tons' music style derives from punk rock.[1][2][10][11][12][13] The band has also incorporated elements of funk[2] and heavy metal.[1][13]

Band membersEdit

  • Mike Doling — guitars (1995 - 1998, 2008 - present)
  • John Fahnestock — bass (1995 - 1998, 2008 - present)
  • Jamie Miller — drums (1997 - 1998, 2008 - present)
  • Brandon Espinoza — vocals (2009 - present)

Former members Edit

Discography Edit

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Jeffries, Vincent. Biography of Snot. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2008-08-23.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Iannini, Tommaso (2003). "Snot" (in Italian). Nu metal. Giunti. pp. 78–79. Template:Citation/identifier. 
  3. "Snot Singer Charged With Indecent Exposure". MTV News. July 10, 1998. Retrieved 2008-08-23. 
  4. Huey, Steve. Review of Strait Up. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2008-08-23.
  5. Charts and awards for Strait Up. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2008-08-23.
  6. Charts and awards for Alive. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2008-08-23.
  7. Exclusive: Reunited SNOT Recruits Ex-DIVINE HERESY Frontman, Prepares To Hit The Road. (July 14, 2008). Retrieved on 2008-08-23.
  8. "Reunited Snot Releases New Song, Announces Tour With DEVILDRIVER". August 7, 2008. Retrieved 2009-04-15. 
  9. SNOT Is Back... As TONS. (November 20, 2009). Retrieved on 6 June 2010.
  10. Udo, Tommy (2002). Brave Nu World. Sanctuary Publishing. pp. 241. Template:Citation/identifier. 
  11. Sharpe-Young, Garry (2005) New Wave of American Heavy Metal Zonda Books Limited p. 283 Template:Citation/identifier 
  12. McIver, Joel (2001) Slipknot: Unmasked Omnibus Press p. 92 Template:Citation/identifier 
  13. 13.0 13.1 McIver, Joel (2002). Nu Metal: The Next Generation of Rock & Punk. Omnibus Press. p. 118–119. Template:Citation/identifier. 
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