Posted February 1, 2021 by Jeff in Tunes

Indie Rockers Tomahawk Offer ‘Alternate Reality’

Tomahawk photo by Tony Livingston
Tomahawk photo by Tony Livingston

Tomahawk, the indie rock band featuring Duane Denison (the Jesus Lizard/Unsemble), Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle/Fantômas), Mike Patton (Faith No More/Mr. Bungle, etc.) and John Stanier (Helmet/Battles), will deliver its first full-length album in eight years on March 26 when it drops The Tonic Immobility.

“’Tonic immobility’ could just be something in the air we’re feeling,” says Denison in a press release. “It’s been a rough year between the pandemic and everything else. A lot of people feel somewhat powerless and stuck as they’re not able to make a move without second guessing themselves or worrying about the outcomes. For as much as the record possibly reflects that, it’s also an escape from the realities of the world. We’re not wallowing in negativity or getting political. For me, rock has always been an alternate reality to everything else. I feel like this is yet another example.”

The band gives a preview of the 12-song album, which was co-produced by the band and Paul Allen with the propulsive, proggy single “Business Casual.” The track, which Denison says offers “a mocking look at the life of work in America,” marks the first new music from the foursome since 2014’s “M.E.A.T.” single.

The album will be available in the following formats: digital; CD digipak; and 180-gram LP in textured gatefold packaging. Vinyl variants include standard black, coke bottle clear (indie retail exclusive – 5000 available), opaque metallic silver (Ipecac webstore exclusive – 2000 available) and crystal clear (Newbury Comics exclusive – 1000 available).

Photo credit: Eric Livingston


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