by / August 17th, 2010 /

Skinny Wolves Presents Tussle, Sarparilla, Meljoann – Twisted Pepper, Dublin


(San Franciso/USA, Smalltown Supersound/ Troubleman Unlimited/ Tomlab
/ Rong DFA Records)

Doors 7.30 // Tickets available from
for 12e


“Masters of minimalist funk and motorik mantras, dons of disorienting
dub, Tussle reaches a lofty peak with Telescope Mind. The band
achieves a fruitful synthesis between psychedelic tone exploration
(bells, buckets, bottles, bicycle wheel, and cowbell) and its patented
mesmerizing, Möbius-strip funk jams. The music is simultaneously
regimented and free, making you want to propel yourself with unabashed
speed and efficiency.”

— Dave Segal, XLR8R

“Re-igniting the flame of experimentalism, Californian four-piece
Tussle have emerged as pioneers of a new Krautrock-infused rhythmrock
hybrid. Putting a pair of drummers at the forefront of their songs,
the San Francisco based band has breathed new life into
postpsychedelic art rock.”


“. . . one of the greatest organic dance albums of the year. .
.Telescope Mind might as well be a series of lockeddowntown
groovesthat jump from the jungle to the disco.” — Andrew Parks, Urb

“The numbly throbbing bass and hard- hitting postdisco drums are so
deep in the pocket they never see daylight”. – CHICAGO READER

“In a loud, dense set, they sifted through heavy-rhythm music with
roots in the 1970s and early ’80s. Locking together and pulling
apart, they variously clamped right on top of the beat, got way behind
it or positioned themselves in the middle, with high-hat patterns
pumping.” – THE NEW YORK TIMES

Revived after a shake-up in ranks following the release of Telescope
Mind, Tussle releases their follow-up, Cream Cuts. Cream Cuts finds
Tussle expanding upon it’s own unique mix of drums, bass and
electronics, at times echoing the elasticity and straight forward
approach of their debut, Kling Klang, but with more color and
complexity, while also integrating the psychedelic pulsating punch
heard on Telescope Mind. Moving above and beyond their first two
releases, Tussle map out worlds upon worlds on Cream Cuts, from
creation to destruction to rebirth.

Tussle, now made up 2 of the founding fathers: Jonathan Holland (drums
& electronics) and Nathan Burazer (electronics), and flanked by Warren
Huegel (drums) and new addition Tomonori Yasuda (bass & electronics),
began work on Cream Cuts in November 2006 with producer extraordinaire
Thom Monahan, who is known for working with Vetiver, Joanna Newsom,
Silver Jews, Devendra Banhart and Brightblack Morning Light. Most of
Cream Cuts was recorded at Monahan’s studio in Los Angeles, CA with
assistance from Tussle’s original bassist, Andy Cabic (aka Vetiver),
who introduced the band to the producer. Thom Monahan’s
unconventional production techniques and ability to capture the sound
and feel of intimate performances integrate with Tussle’s krauty
exploration of rhythm leading to the bands most epic to date.

Tussle spent much of 2007 “on-the-hustle”. In between recording
sessions, Tussle joined forces with YACHT and London’s combustible
Hot Chip on a U.S. tour. Tussle and Hot Chip hit it off and the tour
lead to impromptu collaborations on stage and later on Cream Cuts’
“Titan,” on which Hot Chip’s front man, Alexis Taylor
contributed. “Titan” experiments with field recordings,
‘extreme’ percussion, found objects and psychic bindings resulting
in an “orgy of rhythm.” Additionally, Tussle worked with Glasgow
artist David Shrigley on “A Clash of Heads.” The resulting
collaboration was included on Worried Noodles, an oddball music
compilation released by Tomlab. Furthermore, Warren Huegel joined 76
other drummers to perform historic 77 BOADRUM on 7/7/07 under
direction from Japanese music legends, Boredoms. Warren also backed up
Can vocalist Damo Suzuki on drums on Damo’s U.S. fall 2007 tour.
Other highlights for Tussle include being recognized by the SF Weekly
with the “Excellence in Electronic Music” Award, playing amongst
North American mammals at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles,
teaming up with electronic music pioneers, Cluster.