Boston’s experimental rockers Turkish Delight released their debut album Tommy Bell in 1996. They were noted for singer Leah Callahan's diva-ish vocals and bass player Carl Thien’s homemade bass, made from a bucket and a pole, known as the Electric Can. Musically they may remind you of Wire and Au Pairs in places, and Sonic Youth and Deerhoof in others. Limited edition cassette on I Heart Noise. 100 copies only.
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Sonic Youth Juniors try and win the cup with kids. And come close. Infatuated with the expansive scope of the early, noisy punk bands around them, ‘90s crew Turkish Delight made a scrappy record of lo-fi but clear-sighted tunes, fuzzing up their guitars and letting them ring out amidst the swells of feedback and dual vocal chitter-chatter. At turns impassioned and ambivalent, they worked a charming, savvy corner of noise rock that could be both as twee and as piercing as anything out there.
Released now by I Heart Noise on tape, as if pretending they were the latest upcoming DIY thing, ‘Tommy Bell’ offers the proto-period in ramshackle, resembling a tougher, less affectionate version of Eric’s Trip -- their dynamics are spread across different types of punking, mixtaping their sounds with silly samples, twisted little experiments of angularity and tunes that are basically riff exercises (the churning and gruesome “Ghost”) -- plus the bits that just straight up sound like R.E.M., because of course, and that’s “In My House”.
There’s basically something for anyone at the intersection of indie rock, punk and noise of any and all generations on this one -- and if you’d rather Sarah records was loud and gloomy, I’d even throw that comparison in for good measure. The dude in this band made his bass at home -- what have you done with your life?
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