Tomahawk have released their first full-length album in eight years, ‘Tonic Immobility’ (via Ipecac Recordings). With it, they have shared a video for Predators and Scavengers directed, animated and produced by Diego Cumplido.
Duane Denison (The Jesus Lizard/Unsemble) said of the clip: “‘Predators and Scavengers’ started out as a general observation on the current ecological climate of our planet. Perhaps it could also be applied to the socioeconomic climate as well?” Watch the video for Predators and Scavengers via YouTube below.
About Tomahawk and ‘Tonic Immobility’
Stop if you’ve heard this one before…Four guys from a bunch of other bands walk into a studio and walk out with a record. That’s sort of the story of Tomahawk, but it’s not the whole shebang. The guys — guitarist Duane Denison [the Jesus Lizard, Unsemble, etc.], vocalist Mike Patton [Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Fantômas, etc.], drummer John Stanier [Helmet, Battles, etc.], and bassist Trevor Dunn [Mr. Bungle, Fantômas, etc.] — show up just when we need them. The first time was in 2001 with the self-titled Tomahawk. Following ‘Mit Gas’  and ‘Anonymous’, they dropped ‘Oddfellows’ during 2013. It marked their best debut, reaching #9 on the Billboard Top Independent Albums Chart.
The A.V. Club gave it a grade of “A-,” Revolver rated it “4-out-of-5 stars,” and Pitchfork chimed in, “This lurid, thorny, profoundly weird music–just comes tearing out.” All kinds of touring and festivals followed before the members went back to their gazillion other gigs in 2014.
On their 20th anniversary, they finally return with their fifth full-length album, ‘Tonic Immobility’ [Ipecac], in 2021. Thawed out from their slumber, they sound like, well, Tomahawk…
“Tonic Immobility could just be something in the air we’re feeling,” says Denison. “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.”
‘Tonic Immobility’ track list
Predators and Scavengers
Dog Eat Dog
‘Tonic Immobility’ is available now (http://lnk.to/TomahawkTonic) 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).