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”.
CUZ ‘tamatebako’ album
Standard Vinyl LP - BHRC012LX
Special limited edition ‘tamatebako-box’ vinyl
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