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Tweak Bird - The Ruby Lounge, Manchester

by Miz DeShannon Rating: Release Date:

Brothers Caleb (guitars) and Ashton (drums) Bird sure do make a racket. And with their mate on sax throwing in yet another layer of noise, the Tweak Bird sound becomes even more furious and raucous live. They sound like Ozzy Osbourne and all of Melvins on some messed up Vicodin fuelled voyage with Queens of the Stone Age along for the ride.

Don't let Lauren Laverne's "Sabbath goes jazz" tag fool you - it's pretty heavy. But good. The bothers' riff-laden thunderous noise sounds deliberately random, in a strangely intriguing way. A melody creeps in here and there, either vocally or from the sax, and some Kyuss-style sounds pop in and out. Ashton's squealing vocals pierce through the behemoth of sound coming from his own kit and little Caleb's guitar, with the sax adding more squeal, then with some theramin thrown in everything suddenly turns a bit psychedelic.

As confirmed by nearly every review they've had so far, seeing them live does their music much more justice. I wasn't prepared for the wall of noise generated at The Ruby Lounge in songs like 'Morphine' and 'Stampaedo' after listening to the carefully produced tracks from the band's first album Reservations - courtesy of Deaf Nephews (Melvin's Dale Crover and Big Business' Toshi Kasai). Despite sometimes coming under the 'stoner-rock' banner, Tweak Bird are more constructed, less 'jam session' than most of their contemporaries, with parts of their writing being obviously more intricate and melodic.

This is heavy, manic, experimental, intricate, dirty, grungy rock. And not for the faint-hearted.

New single 'A Sun (Ahh Ahh)' and album Reservations out now.

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Proof that saxaphones can be used to good effect!

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Hatred of sax is the one thing John Peel got wrong. Literally, the only thing. Okay - that and happy house.

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and Tubular Bells.

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What, did he like that? He was wrong about Marc Bloan's glam rock phase as well. But RIGHT about everything else!

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Listening to TweakBird live from Supersonic festival now. Very good indeed and the extra dimension the Sax brings works fantastically well.

http://www.rhubarbradio.com/programmes/supersonic-festival-2010-tweak/2010/10/23/

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