Anthonie Tonnon is a songwriter and performer based in Auckland, New Zealand. He first came to attention in his home country with the Dunedin band Tono and the Finance Company. The band released two EPs – Love and Economics and Fragile Thing and the full-length Up Here For Dancing. With dry wit and observational lyrics that recalled Morrissey or Jarvis Cocker, Tonnon sang of urban life in New Zealand's cities. Anti-gentrification anthem ‘Marion Bates Realty’ caught the attention of Beirut, who invited the band on their 2012 New Zealand shows. In 2013, Anthonie Tonnon began touring the USA and Australia under his own name, influenced by stage techniques from the comedy and theatre worlds as much as formative influences like Jonathan Richman and Jens Lekman. Working with co-producer and band member Jonathan Peace, Tonnon's new recordings paid increasing focus to sonics, taking influence from David Bowie's Berlin period, Kraftwerk, and Lou Reed's early solo career.
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