Tom Rodwell - Wood & Waste
Wood & Waste
GENRE: Rock & Roll
RELEASE DATE: October 22nd 2021
LABEL: Fireplace Recordings
DISTRO: Cargo Records UK
* 180g vinyl LP
* digipak-style CD
* FLAC 88khz download
Produced by Tom Rodwell & Raphael Mann.
Engineered and mixed by Jordan Stone.
Recorded on 2” tape at Roundhead Studios, NZ.
Mastering and lacquer cut from 1/2” mixdowns by Kevin Gray, Cohearant, LA.
AAA entirely analogue production.
First pressing 180gm by audiophile press Pallas, Germany.
A1 - Don’t Be a Fugitive All Your Life
A2 - Keep On Knockin’
A3 - Plenty Time
A4 - Carry On
B1 - Touch Me Like a Teddybear
B2 - She Got Me Boiling
B3 - Small Town
B4 - Make Believe
B5 - Dead End Road
Nine ragged songs that interweave supple dance rhythms with a writerly taste for the surreal, Wood & Waste is a charmingly decadent record from singer-guitarist Tom Rodwell, (best known as frontman for Auckland arthouse blues institution Storehouse and itinerant session man for the likes of Don McGlashan). Like the best short stories, Wood & Waste transforms skeletal structures into something fleshy and feverish, melding together outlandish influences with both improvisation and minimalist, dream-logic songwriting.
The album’s centrepiece is “She Got Me Boiling”, a juggernaut of psychedelic calypso grafted to mindless riffs on cannibalism that would make the Mighty Sparrow blush. Driven by Rodwell’s trademark bass-heavy guitar and animated carnival drums from NZ free improv notorieties Chris O’Connor and Jeff Henderson, it’s a fiendishly irresistible piece of music, as is the absurdist one-chord bottleneck slide freak-out “Touch Me Like a Teddybear” - a lascivious black hole of meaninglessness and satire. Elsewhere “Keep on Knockin’” subverts a grim Bo Diddley beat with dissonant Mellotron in praise of Edward Hopper and William Morris, while “Plenty Time” is a species of prog rhumba set in Roman Britain, indebted to Nigerian giant King Sunny Ade.
Tracked on tape at Roundhead Studios, via The Who’s old Neve console, Wood & Waste is an entirely analog production with no digital conversion at any stage. Mastering and lacquer cut directly from 1/2” mixdown tapes by the legendary Kevin Gray in LA. This first run of 180gram LP’s is by audiophile press Pallas in Germany.
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