How to work a musical
news item into a pseudo-political commentary without hardly trying.
By Blurt Staff
It’s been quite a couple of newsdays for guitarist Duane
Denison. First, there was the kerfluffle regarding his erstwhile band the Jesus
Lizard, which apparently is NOT going to resume operations anytime soon –
although some product is apparently in the pipeline. Additionally, with
yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare, Republicans are once again
snarling about the new socialist state that Denison and his uninsured musical brethren
will be forced to participate in. Damn!
Now we learn that Denison is
reactivating Tomahawk – Denison,
Trevor Dunn (Fantomas, Melvins Lite), Mike Patton (Mondo Cane, Faith No More)
and John Stanier (Battles, Helmet) – and plan to release the album Oddfellows next January.
“It’s dark and claustrophobic here, light and spacious there,” said Denison, in a statement,
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).
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). Tomahawk’s first live performance in nearly a decade is
slated for the New Orleans’
Voodoo Music and Arts Experience in late October. Additional dates will
be announced soon.
Meanwhile, given all that previous Jesus Lizard friction and
the upcoming presidential election that has Republican nominee Mitt Romney
pledging to fuck over loads of Americans, insurance wise, if he takes office in
probably shouldn’t be holding his breath about nothing other than where to buy his guitar strings for his upcoming
[Photo Credit: Dustin Rabin]