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Cartoon is fundamentally a pop band. You got a problem with that? You know who else was fundamentally a pop band? The Beatles. You know who else? Guns n' Fucking Roses, Motherfucker. We know what you're thinking, and yes, we are comparing Cartoon to those monoliths of the rock and roll canon; you bet your ass we are

Cartoon is the flowering of a nearly decade-long musical collaboration between Greg Hoffman and Tim Wood. Greg and Tim started making music together when they were a mere 14 years of age and proceeded to play in a string of bands (such as Moxie, SubVerse, and Plastic Sheep) with modest success. An early-life, fuck-off-feet-on-the-ground decision to play music for a living occurred at a talent show where an audience of several hundred booed the judges for only giving them second place. However, it was only after Greg and Tim went off to college that their full sonic potential could come to fruition as they united with the rest of what would become their new band: Bryan Dahl, Jon Eccles, and Zach Rabinovich. With this lineup in place, Cartoon could finally hit their stride

The thing about Cartoon is that a lot of these guys are classically trained. Does this mean that they could suddenly break out into a piece by Rachmaninoff or not have to contract out if they needed someone to play a cello part? Yeah, but more importantly, this gives them the compositional freedom and technical ability to take musical left-turns that would leave most bands gasping for air

This is a band whose third gig found them opening for Girl Talk, easily the hottest DJ this side of the Atlantic. This is a band who understands that, if your primary goal is to make everyone listening sing and dance, you can fill your songs with all the complex musicality and thought-provoking lyricism you want—kind of like that famous En Vogue line in reverse…ass first, mind second. But, most importantly, this is a band for every person who thinks that, even though they may be loathe to admit it at times, there is no higher calling in this world than creating kick-ass pop-rock songs. Think about it. If for only one gin-soaked moment, you tipped your cup to the sky, singing along to a pop song like your life depended on it, and you thought to yourself, "This is what it's fucking all about man," then my friend you're in luck because this is the band for you

Cartoon is

Greg "Kung Fu" Hoffman (Lead Piano/Lead Vox

Tim "The Cute One" Wood (Lead Guitar/Vox/Cello

Bryan "Dublah" Dahl (Synth/Rhythm Piano/Vox

Jonathan "Science Churro" Eccles (Bass/Rhythm Guitar/Vox

Zach "The Rabbi" Rabinovich (Drums/Percussion)
 
 
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