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Cranes And Camels

by Tommygun

Dirty noisy melodic garage rock indie power pop
Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Cranes and Camels
3:11 $0.99
2. Destruction
4:13 $0.99
3. Underneath the Giant Tree
4:49 $0.99
4. Puppet On a String
5:29 $0.99
5. Not Once but Twice
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Album Notes
This CD EP is the latest from tommygun. It was recorded by scott brandenburg at the werehouse in winston-salem in the autumn of 2004. For more info visit our website at Thanks for listening

Doug Hawkins-drums
Jamie Miyares-bass, guitar, keyboards, vocals
Geoff Abell-guitar, bass, vocals

Tommygun is a minimalist, three-piece ensemble with guitar, bass, keyboards, and drums that came together in the spring of 2001 in Winston-Salem, N.C. Their sound involves edgy, quirky/cutting guitar, melodic/pulsating bass, tasteful/smashing drums, and some harmonizing vocals. Sometimes there is peace and quiet and other times there is feedback and unrest. Influences range from Guided by Voices to PJ Harvey to Fugazi to The Replacements. The band recently released their debut full-length entitled Recreation on Dec 20, 2004.

Hawkins and Abell are both originally from Statesville, N.C. Hawkins has played with various local groups, most recently Hussie. Abell spent many years during the 90's with Chapel Hill-based Capsize 7, which released several 7-inch singles, an EP on Mammoth affiliated Hep-Cat Records, and a full-length CD on Caroline Records. On the Caroline label, Capsize 7 toured the US extensively and played shows on the side-stage at Lollapalooza 1996. Miyares, a popular Winston-Salem singer-songwriter and classical pianist for 15 years, made the transition into rock following an interview with producer Mitch Easter during her stint with public radio news, which resulted in her playing bass guitar briefly for a band involving Easter's girlfriend, Shalini Chatterjee.



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"cranes and camels" shows why tommygun’s musical arsenal discharges some of the
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By Jeri Rowe:

****1/2 out of five
Monday nights were good for tommygun last fall. This Winston-Salem rock trio holed up in The Werehouse for 10 four-hour sessions every week, and amid the club’s stout wooden posts and black walls, it settled onstage to nail its elusive musical bulls-eye. "Recreation," which came out in December 2003, fell short. But "cranes and camels" hits the mark. It’s a five-song CD full of sonic twists, chunky sounds, jangly guitar and intricate stick work from Doug Hawkins, Winston-Salem’s own mechanic-cum-ordained minister. Taken together, "cranes and camels" shows why tommygun’s musical arsenal discharges some of the most inventive sounds coming out of the Triad. "Recreation," albeit a decent effort, seemed stiff on subsequent listens. But "cranes and camels" feels more loose-limbed. It just seems the band was having more fun. The production from Scott Brandenburg and Brian Doub is stellar, and the CD’s song sequence is seamless. As a matter of fact, the 1-2-3 punch of "cranes and camels," "destruction" and "underneath the giant tree" is the best sequencing I’ve heard locally all year. Now, after my first listen, I admit I wanted the vocals of Geoff Abell and Jamie Miyares more in your face. But on repeated listens, their buried-in-mix vocals seems to complement their musically moody songs about the rebuilding of Iraq ("cranes and camels"), environmental devastation ("destruction") and functioning in a suffocating family ("puppet on a string"). Yeah, those songs are dark. Tommygun will hold a CD release party Saturday night at The Werehouse. And that seems appropriate for what the band went through last fall. It really captured its sound, 50 feet from a railroad track, amid the thick wooden posts and black walls, pounding away until midnight.

Ed Bumgardner

Cranes and Camels is a creative leap forward, a true band album that serves no t
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By Ed Bumgardner:

*** out of four
It’s impressive to see a band grow from disc to disc, as is the case with tommygun, one of the Triad’s most distinctive bands. The band’s new EP, Cranes and Camels, takes chances and largely succeeds on every level - musically, lyrically and sonically. The songwriting of Geoff Abell and Jamie Miyares, fluid and dynamic, makes for a cohesive whole free of significant influences. Several tracks flirt with the musical savvy of prog-rock but do so without the musical pretension and flash that often undercuts such ambitious songs. Miyares has evolved into a naturally expressive singer whose songs are small, detailed emotional travelogues. Freshly nuanced and wholly sympathetic playing by the trio reflects even the slightest shift in emotion. An increased use of keyboards proves vital and is best exemplified by “Not Once But Twice,” a song that is as mesmerizing as it is dramatic. In all, Cranes and Camels is a creative leap forward, a true band album that serves no trend beyond its own vision.