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The similarities of Tone, a self-proclaimed guitar ensemble, to Savage Republic and the Band of Susans are most likely not accidental. The Washington, D.C.-based instrumental band's debut album appeared on Independent Project, the label run by ex-Savage Republic guitarist Bruce Licher; the recording was produced by Robert Poss of Band of Susans. Including former members of Government Issue and Unrest, the group concentrates on building a mass of post-punk guitar sound with a slight psychedelic edge on their instrumentals, also recalling some traits of Glenn Branca's electric guitar orchestrations. Sustain appeared in 1996. ~ Richie Unterberger