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Press Release - December, 2010

Former Refreshments guitarist Brian Blush returns on the latest release from The Toluenes Nashville, TN – Brian Blush, former guitarist for The Refreshments, is currently laying down tracks for his first widespread release since the break-up of his former band over a decade ago. The upcoming album from the east-Tennessee-based band The Toluenes is their fourth release and their first with Blush, who burst onto the music scene in the mid-nineties with Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy. That album spawned a top 20 hit, Banditos, and led to The Refreshments being asked by Mike Judge to compose and perform the theme song for Fox Television’s King of The Hill. The band split after their second effort, The Bottle and Fresh Horses. In the years that followed, Blush performed with a number of bands while making his way from Arizona back to the mid-west, where he was born and raised. He was playing gigs in the Chicago area when he was contacted by Toluenes vocalist Jamon Scott. “We were very influenced by a lot of the music that came out of the Arizona scene in the nineties and I had always admired Brian’s playing,” says Scott. “The band was between guitar players at the time, so I contacted him and asked if he’d be interested in playing on a couple of our songs.” That’s where the story takes a turn. “When I heard the songs, they were like a playground for me,” says Blush. “The energy of the raw recordings Jamon sent me on a work tape reminded me of the early Refreshments stuff. I didn’t just want to play on a couple of songs. I wanted to be part of this band.” The Toluenes have been building momentum since the release of their debut, Four Chords & A Pack of Lies, in 2007. Songs like Mexico, Adios New Mexico, Drunk & Naked and Middle of Nowhere have made their way onto college and internet radio, while their music videos have logged thousands of hits on Youtube. Their as-yet-untitled upcoming disc is scheduled for release in February, 2011. For more information, log onto: http://www.thetoluenes.com