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No Wake

by Tulsa Drone

Cinematic noir, border fires as told by wiry guitars, spatial percussion and the consistent drone of the bass-hammered dulcimer.
Genre: Rock: Instrumental Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Chiaroscuro
4:43 $0.99
2. Vendetta
4:23 $0.99
3. Honcho Toro
3:45 $0.99
4. Ironweed
4:16 $0.99
5. D-a-f
3:23 $0.99
6. No Wake
3:30 $0.99
7. Fiery Seven
1:49 $0.99
8. The Devil Changes Colors
8:45 $0.99
9. Red's Theme
2:22 $0.99
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Album Notes

Peter Neff - Bass Hammered Dulcimer
Erik Grotz - Guitar
Scott Hudgins - Bass Guitar
Jim Thomson - Drums, Percussion

It is our pleasure to present you with the first release by Richmond, Virginia-based instrumental outfit Tulsa Drone. From the harmonies of opener "Chiaroscuro" through the caustic beauty of the title track, No Wake is a dense soundtrack full of wiry guitars, stark percussion, and the consistent clang and murmur of the dulcimer.

Neff and Grotz formed in the band in early 2001 and quickly built up a catalog of material, inviting friend Jim Thomson on board later that year. Scott Hudgins joined in March of 2002 and they quickly gained prominence in the Richmond, VA music and arts community performing live with bands as diverse as Big Lazy, Spokane and the Centimeters. The members of the band have long been skulking about Richmond, playing in various avant-garde projects like The Hard Ride, Aurora Paralysis, Sliang Laos, and the Griefbirds, and Neff's dulcimer has made appearances on Pan*American and Labradford records. Tulsa Drone is their most cinematic contribution to the underground.

"The music is so impressively evocative, so powerfully illustrative, that it leaps directly from your ears to your imagination. It takes you away almost as soon as you begin listening to it. It's been far too long since we've had this kind of music around, and we're glad it's back, hopefully to take us in entirely new directions." - The Morning News (themorningnews.org)

"Tulsa Drone has created a masterful CD of hushed splendor ... A perfect complement to long road trips or through a city's ripped underbelly..."
- Style Weekly

"...Their music could provide the soundtrack for any number of scenarios, driving through the Tennessee hills or lying awake at 4 a.m., unable to sleep. "I suppose our influences are Southern in nature," Grotz muses, "But they take on weird shifts..." Italian folk songs, dirges, Eno loops, ambient scores ... all assume a metallic resonance when performed. "There are some beautiful tones," says Neff, "but there's always that undercurrent of menace."..."
- Kate Bredimus, Richmond.com

"Grotz and Neff leave the riffs and geographical referencing behind and coax swelling chords of discordant sound from their strings. That Tulsa Drone moves so easily between catchy instrumentals and dark soundscapes suggests a flexibility that bodes well for the band's future. In the meantime, "No Wake" has a lot to savor."
- Mark Richardson, C-Ville Weekly

For further information:
Dry County Records
P.O. Box 14592
Richmond, VA 23221 USA



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Just buy it
This cd is a detour from the ordinary. the combination of instruments is enough to get one interested in the cd, and the dark/modern melodic development is enough to earn it a cherished position in your cd collection.

Nikolas Osvalds

Very cool and beautiful
This was a great CD with awesome sounds and great tones. I love it!

Peter Grudzien (S.F.)

Grand Swirling Post Rock
Pretty great 'cinema rock' like you've not heard before. Evocative of dreamscapes and drunken strolls in the countryside.

Lisa Williams

the soundtrack to driving silently across the desert
Risk Guitar is the soundtrack to driving silently one-handed in a beat up classic convertible across a dusty hot desert soon after the sun has set and the air just begins to cool.

Matt Stafford

Dulcimers Rock!
This is a great album. Combining a southwestern roadhouse drive with a Mid-Atlantic flair for gloom, Tusla Drone delivers a moodscape of haunting beauty. No Wake is a cross between early Friends of Dean Martinez and The Album Leaf.

Greg Barnsdale

Opium-addicted cowboy tragedy. Suffice it to say this is a great cd.

-andy quin. (UK)

Shimmering guitars menaced by a circling wall of dulcimer
There seems to be a dwindling number of "quiet" bands.
"Quiet" isn't cool any more.
If it doesn't have a risqué narrative or a sampled jazz vocal, tracks get ignored. And that's the way it is.

But that's not the way it's supposed to be.

Tulsa Drone make it clear that quiet is the new jazz; that instrumental can be uncomfortably edgy to listen around the parents. Tulsa Drone herald another push around the circle of music. A new direction guided by old maps.

"No Wake", their debut album, sounds like Sergio Leone collaborating with Francis Ford Coppola; it is the consummate film score, should it ever need to be. A visceral, claustrophobic sound, which dances more gently the further out you get. Haunting shivers of music, easy to leave in the background, compellingly easy to listen to. A sound which drifts gently or faintly menaces depending on the time of day. Tulsa Drone finds new voice with the lights out.

And that, perhaps, is the point. This is an album which doesn't need a degree in New Music to appreciate, but it will engage the emotions and the mind just as much as you allow it. The music doesn't grow old, in a strange way it was made old, and only the way you listen determines the message.