Chris and Kayla Day have been writing songs and playing music together since they first met in high school. Elaina Day, Chris’ sister, and Kayla’s sister-in-law, has been playing bass with them since Chris & Kayla got married, in 2011, which is when they officially became The Tom Toms. Over the years, there have been several different line-ups. Now they are a four-piece with Michelle McAuley holding down drums. Michelle started playing with them, in 2017, after the departure of their previous drummer. A new E.P. is currently in the works, as is a summer tour across Michigan and the Midwest. If you would like The Tom Toms to play at your venue, or event, please visit our Contact Page.
More about The Tom Toms…
Their sound is comparable to the band Heart but modern, with an intentional low-fi ‘New Grunge’ feel. Their influences are almost as large as their ambitions. The Tom Toms have several albums under their belts, a couple of awards, and a large fan base, throughout the Midwest. They have played all over Michigan, at places like The Machine Shop, Campus Martius, Crofoot Ballroom, PJ’s Lagerhouse, Blind Pig, Flint Local 432 and many more.
- Musetracks: “The Tom Toms are making a name for themselves in the Detroit music scene by giving people a taste of something different. This was evident at the MuseTracks launch party where Kayla Day, Chris Day, Elaina Day and Steve Bennett blew the roof off of Small’s in Hamtramck. Their sound combined with Kayla’s commanding vocals sent the crowd wild and begging for more.”
- My City Magazine: “What Chris, Kayla, Elaina and Steve all have in common is a great love of rock music and for each other. They believe The Tom Toms are successful because the band is driven by love.”
- CBS Detroit: “The Tom Toms are quickly making a name for themselves across the state. Consisting of a husband and wife duo, Chris and Kayla Day on guitar and vocals, they’re joined by Chris’ sister Elaina Day, along with drummer Steve Bennett.”
- Forkster: “...bring a sizzling rock n’ roll force that is packed with diversity, movement and full-music depth. Musician levels were high-flying with riff rocketing skies, female vocal flights that just gigantically wailed out with a ‘magnificent soulful charm,’ along with rhythm packs that were superbly ‘stomping and romping’ out the big bounce and beat boom thunders.