French Toast Ingleside Terrace on LP
Jerry Busher and James Canty formed French Toast in 2001. Friends for more than 20 years, they had performed in a number of D.C. bands – Nation of Ulysses, Make Up, Fidelity Jones, and Fugazi (Busher toured with the group for eight years and played on The Argument) – but had never collaborated with one another. However, by the early '00s Busher and Canty both found themselves performing in All Scars, an improv-oriented collective with an ever-shifting lineup.
After that group dissolved, they decided to finally form a band together. French Toast released an EP, Bug Man, and the CD single, "Hatred Mace/For Sylvia," through Arrest Records and in 2005, they issued their debut full-length, In a Cave, through Dischord. The band mixes up instruments (guitar, drums, keyboards, samples, bass), a wide landscape of styles and sounds, and a direct lyrical approach to create an intensely personal and genre defying musical atmosphere.
Later that year, the band expanded into a trio with the addition of multi-instrumentalist Ben Gilligan and completed one more accomplished record, Ingleside Terrace, before parting ways for good in 2006.