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Tomahawk Announce First New Album in 8 Years, Debut Single

  • Axl Rosenberg

As fans suspected they would, today Tomahawk have announced the impending release of Tonic Immobility, their first new album since 2013’s Oddfellows. Guitarist Duane Denison (The Jesus Lizard) first revealed revealed the supergroup — which also includes vocalist Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr.Bungle, Fantômas, Dead Cross), bassist Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Fantômas), and drummer John Stainer (Helmet, Battles) — were working on a new album almost a year ago.

In addition to the big announcement, the band has debuted the first single from Tonic Immobility, “Business Casual,” which Denison calls “a mocking look at the life of work in America.” It’s a slinky, predatory song featuring Patton’s characteristic dark humor (can’t remember the last time I heard references to whiskey dick and gluten-free foods in one metal song) and an anthemic chorus that almost feels like a satire of anthemic choruses (imagine a room full of fans shouting “BAD CHOLESTEROL/BUSINESS CASUAL!”).

Says Denison of Tonic Immobility:

Tonic Immobility could just be something in the air we’re feeling. 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.”

You can listen to “Business Casual” below.

Tonic Immobility will be released on March 26 via Patton’s Ipecac Recordings. It can be pre-ordered here. The track list is as follows:

  1. “SHHH!”
  2. “Valentine Shine”
  3. “Predators and Scavengers”
  4. “Doomsday Fatigue”
  5. “Business Casual”
  6. “Tattoo Zero”
  7. “Fatback”
  8. “Howlie”
  9. “Eureka”
  10. “Sidewinder”
  11. “Recoil”
  12. “Dog Eat Dog”
Tomahawk Announce First New Album in 8 Years, Debut Single
Tonic Immobility cover by Eric Livingston
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