Bleeding heart recordings. Cuz.

 

Cuz

Cuz - 'tamatebako’ album cover

Planning efficiently around my rabbit’s relatively short life expectancy, I arranged a meeting with Gemma Williams to discuss beekeeping. Gemma mentioned an album looking for a home and a while later set up the introductions that have led to BHRC012.

‘CUZ’ are Mike Watt (Minutemen, fIREHOSE, The Stooges) and Sam Dook (The Go! Team), a collaboration which has produced this album, ‘tamatebako’- a conversation taking place over nearly eight years and several continents.

Weaving eclectic influence- from Japanese folklore (the ‘tamatebako’ is a Pandora-style box featured in the ‘Urashima Tarō’ legend), through ancient British landmarks, to personal loss- into a heady mix of whisky-gnarl, motoric riff, thrift-store percussion and toy synth, the effect is a tight, groovy, ever-elusive, outsider pop. Vocals come from both Watt and Dook, often within the same song, representing an unlikely pairing of throaty drawl and choirboy purity that works magnificently. Guest vocals come in the form of the esteemed beat writer Charley Plymell, and Kaori Tsuchida (The Go! Team), amongst others.

Watt and Dook first met in Australia in 2006 when both The Stooges and The Go! Team were playing at The Big Day Out festival. “Mike was being loud and friendly, dousing his festival food with home-made Watt Chilli sauce straight out of his chilli belt holster”. From that moment their friendship was forged, with the pair beginning a “tour diary style exchange” which turned into the sharing of home-recorded demos. The dialogue unfolds and takes shape over a series of meet-ups squeezed into pockets in tour schedules and “beer and Black Crow Skype sessions”.

Sam Dook & Mike Watt

Tamatebako


Cuz Label Image

Additional Musicians

Alistair Strachan
Charley Plymell
Danny Tobert
Fanny Bissa
Iain Paxon
Joceline Colvert
Jose Piex
Kaori Tsuchida
Lizzy Carey
Petra Haden
Shige Ishihara
Simon Janes
Simon Vincent

CUZ links

facebook
samdook.com
mikewatt.com
sam dook's twitter
mike watt's twitter

 

CUZ ‘tamatebako’ album

Standard Vinyl LP - BHRC012LX

BHRC012LP
Special limited edition ‘tamatebako-box’ vinyl
SOLD OUT

CD - BHRC012CD
Available from Resident

Digital release from iTunes on special offer:
DIGITAL STANDARD - BHRC012D
or with exclusive bonus track:
DIGITAL ITUNES - BHRC012DX

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Other people who made significant contributions to the CUZ record:

Joe Pickering: mixing with Sam Dook at Brighton electric studios
Hideyuki Katsumata: Album Artwork and music video for: tamatebako
Richard Gladman: Music video: the wheel and the ring
Pj Palomaki: music video: song for ronnie
Laki Vasakas: Sound Recording of Charley Plymell on VHS

Cuz – The Lighthouse Keeper / Bad Veronica

Cuz – Houdini

BHRC015 - 3 track single

OUT NOW

1 Houdini

2 The Lighthouse Keeper

3 Tokyo Gnarl - Cuz featuring Floattt with Imon Starr


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...or download via Juno or iTunes

THINKIN' 'BOUT THINKIN'


TAMATEBAKO VIDEO
- created by the wonderful Hideyuki Katsumata


HOUDINI


THE WHEEL & THE RING


FRANCE GNARL


BLOWLEGS MUSIC SESSION

     
 

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