Tomahawk - Oddfellows

Keeping the experimental flame gently burning

It’s been 20 years since Mike
Patton made Angel Dust, his
band Faith No More’s masterpiece, and it’s not
unreasonable to suppose that
a major chunk of his fanbase
is hoping that he’ll make that
album again with one of his
other projects.

Tomahawk, returning with
their first album in six years,
haven’t gone in that direction
by any means, but there’s
a spirit of experimentalism and
a refusal to adhere to any
given template that harks
directly back to those simpler
days of 1992. The band, featuring Melvins/Mr Bungle
mainstay Trevor Dunn on bass
this time out, cover territory as
diverse as frantic rockabilly
(Rise Up Dirty Waters,
Typhoon), ethereal noir
soundtrack music (Choke Neck)
and spaghetti western hokum
(I Can Almost See Them); but
no all-encompassing term,
even prog, does it all justice.
Not that Oddfellows is the
perfect album: more than
a few songs sound wilfully
half-formed. Best approach it as a mixed bag which will give
up its secrets slowly, if at all,
and doff the cap one more
time to its creator’s skewed
approach to this rock music
thing.

3 stars 3 stars 3 stars

Ipecac | IPC 142 LP (CD / LP)

Reviewed by Joel McIver
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