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There Will Always Be A Salesman

by Tolan McNeil

Rockin' Country on peyote.
Genre: Country: Country Blues
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1. One Will Be Late
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2. Oakland Shuffle
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3. Seat Sale
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4. Anyone Can
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5. You Should Probably Just Come With Me Now
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6. Mom Mom Mom
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7. Now, That's Not Fair
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8. 2200 Block Chambers St.
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9. The Cardboard Cut-Out Sunset
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10. Your Eyes Look Like A Pair Of Tail-lights
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11. A.S.A. 400
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12. Who Wants A Wippit?
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13. I'm Going To France To Paint
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Album Notes
You may not have heard of Tolan McNeil, but you have most likely heard him... or seen him play... or borne witness to his handiwork in one way or another. You see, for the last 10 to 15 years, or so, Tolan has been making his mark playing with (and recording) some of Canada's best bands. You might have recently checked him out as Carolyn Mark's right hand man, but he's also spent plenty of time playing with such luminaries as Neko Case, Frog Eyes, Gus, Pigment Vehicle, Leeroy Stagger, Dave Lang and literally countless others. He's been a hired guitar-slinger for a long long time now, but the stars have finally aligned in such a manner that he was actually able to record his very own album.
There Will Always Be A Salesman, is Tolan McNeil all over. Really. Aside from some drums played by his ex-roommate (as in, Carolyn Mark & Her Roommates), Garth Johnson, the whole deal is Mr. McNeil. The vocals... the guitars... the drums and bass... as well as the recording (done at his own Lucky Mouse Studios) all come out of his drafty basement in Victoria B.C.
As a songwriter, he stands on par with Gordon Lightfoot on an ether binge. His wild guitar pickin' has been likened to riding a shopping cart down a steep gravelly hill and making it to the bottom in one piece. Live, he's as Country as a nitro-powered threshing machine, and as Rock as, well... a rock... a rock that's been thrown through a cop shop window. Put them together and you get a high octane concoction known in these parts as "Truck Rock". You can add it to the list of things that make Baby Jesus cry.
This album will be a perennial favourite with all those who go to work drunk... people who like to blow stuff up... guys who give their hammers names... and ladies who own muscle cars... in short, everyone.

This is a showcase of dazzling musicianship, wry humour, and solid songwriting. McNeil's lyrical
prowess is evident from the first track... - Brand X Media



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Exclaim Magazine

Sublime and challenging.
Tolan McNeil - There'll Always Be A Salesman

Now everyone gets to understand what is meant by the genius of Tolan McNeil. If by nature of his tight connection with Carolyn Mark you'd expect an alt-country album, think again. No mere sideman, McNeil is secretly an older soul: his
palette reaches back into the "Wyzard Mysts of History," a freakball anthem
right out of 1971.It's far beyond cool - no Blue Steel-faced poser would ever have the brains to rescore Captain Beefheart's "Cardboard Cut-Out Sundown." You will burn, you will burn," McNeil begins with relaxing breezy menace.Next up, he milks some Martian Delta blues, crooning a hand written Depression song that fits today like a pair of wet rubbers. Moving around from atonal, light 70's pop
to scary piano chases to anthems for psychedelic witches in Ken Kesey's woods, this could certainly be described as "concept," if you could pin McNeil down to one idea besides restlessness. On "2200 Block Chamber's Street" Tolan goes '80's goth, dragging out his vowels like a spinning record weighed down by an ashtray. Sublime and challenging.
- Exclaim Magazine