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‘Turkey Vulture Of Drug Culture” EP – Tommyrot February 12, 2022

Filed under: Review — justwilliam1959 @ 12:07 pm
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Underground and leftfield York band Tommyrot are about to unleash ‘Turkey Vulture Of Drug Culture’, a four-track EP at the world. The EP opens with the darkly comic and mostly acoustic-driven “Circles”. The song has the feel of a lost nugget from the 60s and creeps into your head quite easily and makes itself comfortable there. The slightly funkier “Waiting On Tobyn” is next and it maintains that gorgeous lo-fi acoustic feel if those lyrics didn’t come from a drug-induced dream then I might have to eat my notebook. It sounds like a lost demo from the 13th Floor Elevators or perhaps Strawberry Alarm Clock. Lead Single “A Very Real Field” grabs you straight away and stays with you for days afterward. While it has a laid-back vibe (I can imagine sipping a beer in the garden while listening to it) I think they will make the song rock like a bastard when they play it live. It has a strong early 70s Kinks feel for me. “Turkey Vulture” is driven by an exquisite bass motif and is the sort of the that The Band might have created had they jammed with the Velvet Underground and Iggy Pop. This is my favourite song from the EP and it needs to become the next single. If he was still with us John Peel would have loved this one. For you fact fans the Turkey Vulture is a real thing and is also known in some North American regions as the turkey buzzard and in some parts of the Caribbean as the John crow or carrion crow. Tommyrot’s earlier release “Funky Feeling” now has a brilliant younger brother in the B-Side of “A Very Real Field”, called “Funky Monkey” which does what it says on the tin, it is as funky as fuck and is like something that George Clinton might have produced for the Red Hot Chilli Peppers had they worked together. Currently, my second favourite of the five, and this one will be awesome played live. There is not a duff track on this EP. Get ‘Turkey Vulture Of Drug Culture’ in your life as soon as it hits the streets. You will not be disappointed! A big shout out to Edd Thomas who hand-painted the stunning cover, which is comparable with some of Roger Dean’s best work and maybe the cover of Elton John’s ‘Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy’. Tommyrot will be playing an EP launch show at The Fulford Arms in York on 26th February.

Click the song title to check out “A Very Real Field” and “Funky Monkey” on Spotify

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