I caught wind a few months back that the supergroup Tomahawk is gearing up for their first release in six years, and I’ve steadily grown more and more excited. It’s been one of those events where I kept hearing about rumored released dates, and it seemed as though I had a weekly moment when I’d panic and wonder if it’d happened yet. Well hopefully this is it…Tomahawk’s “Oddfellows” is slated to release January 29th, 2013. Here’s a brief rundown so you’ll be prepared!
I’m a big Mike Patton fan. His diverse catalogue has kept my undivided attention for a long time. Having grown up with rock bands like Faith No More, Mr. Bungle and Fantomas, it’s been fun keeping up with him over the years. Most recently his projects have focused more on instrumental and classic themes. If you’re a Patton fan and haven’t heard Mondo Cane, its’ a trip. Imagine those iconic vocal chords accompanied by an orchestra…in Italian. He’s also got a few film soundtracks under his belt, and although I’m a HUGE supporter of this deviation, I’m ready for some rock and roll…Mike Patton style.
Tomahawk’s lineup is changing a bit. Bassist Kevin Rutmanis (Melvins) has been replaced by “the mighty” Trevor Dunn, which is exciting for Mr. Bungle and Fantomas fans. Jesus Lizard’s Duane Denison and Helmet drummer John Stainer remain.
The self titled “Tomahawk” (2001) was introduced to the world with Mike Patton saying that this band would “carry on the legacy of Faith No More”. Impossible as it may seem, this debut album didn’t disappoint. It’s gritty, dark, and solid rock and roll.
Mit Gas (2003), a brilliant blend of oddity, melody and noise, is slightly less accessible than their first. Fantomas fans will enjoy the element of noise rock amidst solid jams. “You Can’t Win” stands out: it “sounds like rock-steady reggae made in hell, commanded by a possessed Patton in top form.”
I think everyone was caught off guard with Anonymous (2007). Focusing on Native American themes, this album is somehow very cinematic and an adventurous departure from their previous two albums.
Tomahawk’s three previous albums are all very different, and it’ll be exciting to see what they’ll do with the fourth. A single has been released (attached below), and will be available for download December 4th.