Saturday, November 12, 2011

Tommy The Warden - 2011 An Architect's Revelation pt.1

Band : Tommy The Warden
Album : An Architect's Revelation pt.1
Release Year : 2011
Genre : Post-Hardcore | Progressive | Experimental

Tracklist :
2.Josie's Footprint   
3.Tommy is Dead

Tommy the Warden is a trio located in Aarhus, DK playing Pos-hardcore. Several years ago, rehearsing in a garage, they figured writing their own music was way more awesome than playing other peoples stuff. They soon discovered that progressive songstructures suited the band well, and incorporating several styles of music was how every band member had their say.


Tommy The Warden - 2009 Carbonated Lungs and Kerosene Tongues

Band : Tommy The Warden
Album : Carbonated Lungs and Kerosene Tongues
Release Year : 2009
Genre : Post-Hardcore | Progressive | Experimental

Tracklist : 
01.) Dave the Taxi Driver.
02.) Jonathan Floyd.
03.) Benjamin the Birthday Clown.

Telling stories is something that humankind has found a knack for since the beginning. Every day there are stories around us, left, right, up and down. On the news there are headlines: breaking news about death, despair and the occasional happy affair. To us, these seem to be nothing more than simple notifications about the state of our world. However, each one of these events is a story. Even if we fail to realize it. We pay to be entertained by those who can tell stories, we line up one by one to purchase a ticket to see a hit movie or perhaps a Broadway performance. Music is story telling, well, good music is at least. Lyrics often paint pictures of a tragic, happy, or sublime events. Story telling is the backbone of human kind, it is how we talk, what we talk about, what we do. In reality, we are all living a story. Tommy the Warden, seems to understand the fundamental need of ours to hear stories. They realize that people do not connect to anything as well as they do to stories. This post-hardcore band, tells the stories of three different men in their debut EP entitled Carbonated Lungs and Kerosene Tongues. They tell stories, and they tell them so incredibly well.

Carbonated Lungs and Kerosene Tongues. tells the story of three men: Dave the Taxi Driver, Jonathan Floyd, and Benjamin the Birthday Clown. The three songs on this EP are aptly named after these men, the first song is entitled 'Dave the Taxi Driver.' The second is called 'Jonathan Floyd.' The third is 'Benjamin the Birthday Clown.' Each song is a different look at a different aspect of life. The first track deals with feelings of regret and a life that has been wasted. 'Jonathan Floyd' is about fear, doubt, and running from something one is unable to face. Finally, the last track has an even darker subject matter. Within 'Benjamin the Birthday Clown' exists an analysis of feelings of depression and regret that lead to suicide. These stories all deal with different issues in life, but they are not merely emotional songs. They are, in fact, stories about different peoples' lives that exemplify the topics that were previously mentioned. 'Dave the Taxi Driver' is, of course, about a taxi driver, 'Jonathan Floyd' is about a man who ran from his life because he lost a loved one, and 'Benjamin the Birthday Clown' is about none other than a birthday clown. The way that Tommy the Warden went about examining certain human emotions is incredible. They pull it off in such a fantastic way, the stories all piece together by the end of each song and reveal a sad, yet fitting end.

The fact that this small EP is already somewhat of a concept album, and the fact that the band pulls it off so well, is a major highlight of Carbonated Lungs and Kerosene Tongues. However, the musical prowess exhibited upon this EP is the true stand out. The guitars constantly are throwing out riffs left and right while the vocals ebb and flow between screaming and clean, soothing, singing. The drums in the background compliment all of this brilliantly orchestrated instrumentation, each section plays its part at the perfect time. There are moments when the guitars seem to somehow suspend themselves as the vocalist engages in a solo run. The vocals will then drop off for a brief moment while the guitarists engage in a fantastic riff. Breakdowns are not nonexistent upon this album, but they are not overly abundant either. Despite this, the few moments when there is a breakdown are incredible and well worth the wait. Overall, there is not a thing out of place on this great little EP. Every single thing falls into its correct place, the vocals are harsh at times, soothing at others. The guitars never drown out anything, and the drums and bass relentlessly drive the songs forward. The high level of musicianship that went into this EP is certainly noticeable. This sixteen minute long EP packs
a punch, this is something that should not be missed. -Ty

1 comment:

  1. I have not listened so much to an album since Seldom Seen Kid. It is truly amazing that talent like this can suddenly emerge almost by accident. Lyrics with bite, beautiful music with vocals that go full bore for the senses. Those lucky enough to have seen her live are giving raves and the venerable BBC are pushing her forward.
    World look out!