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Tomahawk — Oddfellows (2013)

 Tomahawk — Oddfellows (2013)

Tomahawk — Oddfellows
¶  "It's dark and claustrophobic here, light and spacious there." — Duane Denison
Location: California, USA
Album release: January 23, 2013
Record Label: Ipecac Recordings / IPC-142
Duration:     40:49
Tracks:
01. Oddfellows     3:30
02. Stone Letter     2:52
03. I.O.U.     2:38
04. White Hats/Black Hats     3:22
05. A Thousand Eyes     2:41
06. Rise Up Dirty Waters     3:07
07. The Quiet Few     3:48
08. I Can Almost See Them     2:37
09. South Paw     4:01
10. Choke Neck     3:51
11. Waratorium     3:28
12. Baby Let's Play_____     2:43
13. Typhoon     2:12
Producer: Tomahawk, Collin Dupuis
Members:
Duane Denison - guitar
Trevor Dunn - bass
Mike Patton - vocals/etc
John Stanier - drums
Production:
¶  Following the departure of previous bass player Kevin Rutmanis, Oddfellows will feature new band member Trevor Dunn on bass. Dunn had previously worked with singer Mike Patton in the bands Mr. Bungle and Fantômas. The album was recorded over six days in Easy Eye Sound Studios in Nashville, Tennessee, and produced by Collin Dupuis and the band. Dupuis had previously worked with the band The Black Keys, whose singer Dan Auerbach owns Easy Eye Sound. Cartoonist Ivan Brunetti has provided the album's cover artwork.
¶  The album is set to comprise fifteen tracks, one of which will be titled "Stone Letter". Spin magazine's Christopher R. Weingarten has described the album as featuring a mix of genres, including "groany, smoky, Morricone-jazz" and "the types of epic, majestic choruses that Patton diehards might remember from the final Faith No More LP, Album of the Year".
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¶  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 this January.
¶  "It's dark and claustrophobic here, light and spacious there," says Denison of the new album. "Live in the studio, all together in one room. Oddfellows indeed." Oddfellows was recorded at Easy Eye Sound Studio in Nashville (which is owned by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach) and co-produced by Tomahawk and Collin Dupuis (The Black Keys, The Nocturnals).
¶  As Denison recently told Rolling Stone, Tomahawk is essentially re-launching after a lengthy hiatus. Oddfellows is the band's first new album in five years and marks the addition of bass player Trevor Dunn (Patton's longtime cohort dating back to their teenage years in Mr. Bungle). Fortaken: http://www.jambase.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Tomahawkband
Website: http://www.ipecac.com
Editorial Reviews:
¶  Tomahawk is back!
¶  Where were they? What were they doing? Is this a reunion? Who are they now? What s next?
¶  So many questions. Here are those answers and more!
¶  Tomahawk took a break to discover the many truths of the universe. They also uncovered several non truths. They were primarily holed up in a special place similar to the many caves in the mountains of Appalachia. They found time to create the new tunes that make up their new record Oddfellows that will be released worldwide in January 2013 on Ipecac Recordings.
¶  This is not a reunion... unless that means they will make more money.
¶  Tomahawk is Duane Denison (the Jesus Lizard, Unsemble, etc), Mike Patton (Faith No More, Fantômas, etc) & John Stanier (Helmet, Battles, etc) and this time around joined by Trevor field mouse Dunn ( Mr. Bungle, Fantômas, etc).
¶  The band released their self titled debut in 2001, followed by Mit Gas in 2003 and Anonymous in 2007. They released a limited edition vinyl box set Eponymous to Anonymous (cheeky, huh?) in early 2012. They camped out at Dan Auerbach s Easy Eye studios in Nashville with Collin Dupuis and left with Oddfellows to show for it. To kick off the frenzy that is sure to follow they will release a one-sided 7 inch single Stone Letter in Nov of 2012. The b-side is an etching by reknowned cartoonist and comics scholar, Ivan Brunetti who was also kind enough to design the album package.
¶  So what does all of this mean? Ok, we will allow this final question. It means that Tomahawk is back! Rock and roll will be saved and destroyed. They plan to play live shows for the first time since 2003 and are willing to go anywhere as long as they can get a warm bed with cold pillows, a square meal and a boatload of cash.
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REVIEW
— Rick Florino; 01.17.13 (http://www.artistdirect.com) — 5 out of 5 stars
¶  Either you're odd or you aren't.
¶  You can't really fake it. There are those who stand out from the crowd, and there are those who simply blend in. Tomahawk doesn't merely stick out from the proverbial pack, they lead it in an entirely separate direction altogether. However, they don't try. ¶  It's not a conscious, labored over pursuit. Tomahawk albums happen at the right time, when the music is meant to be born. The resulting monster then lives, breathes, and conquers. That brings us to Tomahawk's latest offering, Oddfellows.
¶  Now, it's a triumph for the group comprised of Mike Patton, Duane Denison, John Stanier, and Trevor Dunn. They siphon their chaotic, catchy, and crazed tendencies into a collection of elegantly architected tunes. Make no mistake about it. This is the band's most infectious, yet simultaneously most intricate fare. The title track slinks from a hulking drum beat into an off-kilter riff that stomps along announcing the arrival of the Oddfellows. Patton's voice resounds deeply on the verse before proclaiming, "We're dancing on the gallows." Denison's guitar cycles intensely into an impressive chug propelled by Stanier's percussive thud and Dunn's bass wallop.
¶  "Stone Letter" exudes the right amount of polyrhythmic zaniness as it floats into a huge melody that could only be delivered by Patton. "I.O.U." slinks from a lonely beat into a hazy hook, while "White Hats/Black Hats" thrashes with panache. Yes, you read that right. When Tomahawk kick into metal, they do it more stylishly than anyone. Flourishes of feedback wash over "The Quiet Few" before it sinks its teeth into psyches. ¶  "South Paw" proves to be four minutes of blissful darkness that's strangely sexy.
¶  Then, there's "Baby Let's Play ____." Patton's croon makes for a moody gem that could appropriately pipe through a film noir lounge in Hell without anyone questioning it. Everything culminates on the punk surf madness "Typhoon", which lands one fiery and final knockout punch.
¶  Oddfellows can't be digested in one listen. It takes multiple sessions to truly enjoy every crazed nuance, but that's why it's infinitely rewarding. Nobody does odd like Tomahawk. Oddfellows remains the band's best work to date and a masterpiece that'll make you headbang and think—maybe even at the same time.
¶  The Oddfellows have arrived. Join them…
¶  Tomahawk 2013 tour dates:
Tuesday, Feb. 12 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox
Wednesday, Feb. 13 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
Friday, Feb. 15 - San Francisco, CA -GAMH
Saturday, Feb. 16 - San Francisco, CA -GAMH
Sunday, Feb. 17 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
Tuesday, Feb. 19 - Los Angeles, CA - The Mayan
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Also:
¶   http://exclaim.ca/News/tomahawk_reveal_new_oddfellows_album
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Notes:
Kevin Rutmanis (born October 17, 1958) is an American bass guitarist. He is of Latvian descent. In late 1985, along with his younger brother Sandris Rutmanis, Thor Eisentrager, and then Jayhawks drummer Norm Rogers started the band The Cows. After the dissolution of The Cows, Rutmanis was the bass guitar player for The Melvins from 1998 to 2005. He was also the bass guitarist in the supergroup Tomahawk featuring Mike Patton. Kevin played bass on Tomahawk's first two CDs titled Tomahawk and Mit Gas, and played for two world tours supporting those CDs.
Mike Patton:
Birth name: Michael Allan Patton
Born: January 27, 1968, Eureka, California, U.S.
Instruments: Vocals, various electronic instrumentation/programming, sampler, drums, percussions, bass, guitar, keyboards

 © Mike Patton performing at Mondo Cane (Modena - May 2007)/Author: Roberto Re / frame26

  © Tomahawk at the Middle East/Date: 28 April 2005, 19:09/Author: Colin Rego from Boston, MA  © Trevor Dunn at moers festival 2012/Date: 26 May 2012/Author: Nomo michael hoefner (http://www.zwo5.de

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