|Release Date: January 29, 2013|
|Record Label: Ipecac Recordings|
Tomahawk, the eclectic rock band featuring Duane Denison (The Jesus Lizard, Unsemble), Trevor Dunn (Fantomas, Melvins Lite), Mike Patton (Mondo Cane, Faith No More) and John Stanier (Battles, Helmet), is set to release “Oddfellows” on January 29 via Ipecac Recordings. “Oddfellows” was recorded at Easy Eye Sound Studio in Nashville and co-produced by Tomahawk and Collin Dupuis.
When “Oddfellows” kicked-in the first thing I reached for was my guitar. I felt compelled to learn those riffs. This album finds Tomahawk returning to a pre-“Anonymous” sound (or sounds). The album is a diverse mix of rhythms and textures ranging from jazz to punk, and sometimes within the same song.
This is a solid album beginning-to-end. There are no real dead spots, but plenty of highlights. Notable tracks include “I.O.U.” with it’s deliberate tense rise before it peaks. It’s like watching a burning fuse on a stick of dynamite, you can feel that something big is going to happen and it does.
Patton’s performance on “A Thousand Eyes” is reminiscent of later Faith No More works. Fans will be pleased to hear a range of vocals from guttural growls to high flying choruses. And speaking of range, “Rise Up Dirty Waters” may leave some people scratching their heads after hearing Tomahawk masterfully combine several musical styles. Trevor Dunn’s slick running bass lines mark what is probably his best performance on the album.
One of the best tunes on “Oddfellows,” or at least my favorite, is “The Quiet Few.” The song has echos of mid-90s dark industrial rock, but heavier, better written and without all the synth. Then the band follows up with killer tracks like “South Paw” and “Choke Neck” before closing with the rowdy punk-infused “Typhoon.”
Great album. Now back to learning those riffs.
- Stone Letter
- White Hats/Black Hats
- A Thousand Eyes
- Rise Up Dirty Waters
- The Quiet Few
- I Can Almost See Them
- South Paw
- Choke Neck
- Baby Let’s Play ____