Tout are Nick Downes, Jonathan Fryer, Jonny McKemey and Simone Potter. Together they compose highly atmospheric instrumentals interweaving electric guitars, drums and viola in the creation of cinematic soundscapes. Suggestive of open terrain and movement through far flung landscapes the country-tinged melodies combine folk-country inflection with post-rock structuring with an ambient music sensibility. It has the quality of a filmless soundtrack in keeping with much contemporary instrumental music, suggestive and conjuring of images.
The band are known for their engrossing live performances, often featuring Pete Bennie on double bass, where the combination of loops, drones and emotive melody ranges from the sparse meditation to moments of experimental noise and heavy riffs bringing to mind bands such as God Speed You Black Emperor and Earth. The influences range Neil Young's Deadman, John Fahey, Do Make Say Think, Pan American and Papa M.
To date Tout have released three well received LP's with the recently released live record on the London based label Trestle Records