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Tower of Dudes' Make Your Own Culture

Album Reviews Monday, 24 February 2014 00:00
Tower of Dudes' Make Your Own Culture

Gypsy Punk may not be a concept everyone is familiar with and the band Tower of Dudes will soon release an aptly titled third album, Make Your Own Culture, to help define it for the masses. In fact, some listeners may well have to examine for themselves to see how these two cultural worlds work together. The history lessons offers some interesting perspectives, and listeners can hear for themselves what this sound is all about when this album releases in March 2014.

Gypsy Punk may not be a concept everyone is familiar with and the band Tower of Dudes will soon release an aptly titled third album, Make Your Own Culture, to help define it for the masses. In fact, some listeners may well have to examine for themselves to see how these two cultural worlds work together. The history lessons offers some interesting perspectives, and listeners can hear for themselves what this sound is all about when this album releases in March 2014.

This Victoria, BC based band have played at Rifflandia (locally) and performed at the Trutnov Music Festival at the Czech Republic. If the saturation of their product on their YouTube channel is any indication, then they are certainly gaining a following. Frontman Johnny Feelings certainly covers a diverse range of topics in the songs this band has developed.

Listeners can't help but grin at the tune "Morning," a track that many a 9to5'er can relate to. "We Never Learn Anything" can easily become an anthem for many a student who just needs time to process what's taught in the classroom. This song is not like Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)," but the lyrics certainly hammers some interesting points with a simple catchy riff.

The very soulful track "Pretty Special" is a great one to listen to on a late afternoon when life seems to get you down. But by the time the evening arrives, perhaps "Party (Like You Used To Could)" can be a march towards freedom. "Let It Go" has a Greek influenced instrumental that can get a few listeners wanting to shout opa! but before the punk sounds get forgotten, all anyone has to do is to jump ahead "10,000 Hours." This tune has a familiarity of a 90's era sound. It's fusion overdrive to the extreme.

Audiophiles can enjoy Tower of Dudes with a special '45 that offers the title track "Make your own Culture" and "Copy/Paste" on one-side and Black Valley Gospel's "Hellbound Blues" and "A Spectral Presence" on the other. This limited edition release is worth seeking out for its Rime of the Mariner inspired woodprint that's featured on one side of the sleeve and the Frankenstein art on the other. But it will be the green marble coloured pressing that will certainly make this single worth talking about.

Not many independent labels go this far to make a vinyl product stand out. On the CD, the colours offer a different look at the contrasting themes. From blue skies to a drab universe, the folk inspired art-style is just demonstrating one unique fixture of what the Tower of Dudes' music is all about. This band will no doubt further this unique sub-genre of punk music in the Pacific West Coast scene. Rainy days here is too apropos.

Written by  Ed Sum

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