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Tone Rodent 5/22/11 + Video

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  • Date Recorded: May 22, 2011
  • Artist / Band: Tone Rodent
  • Hosting Show: Trip Inside This House
  • Sound: Dan Kinney
  • Video: Paul Oryem

If Lou Reed had grown up in the Midwest and dug shoegaze and post-punk he might have formed a band like Tone Rodent. At the very least, he would have played its records very loud.

Featuring Adam Watkins on vocals and guitar, Matty Coonfield on bass and vocals, Mark Early on synths and effects and Jeff Robtoy on guitar and backing vocals, the St. Louis band aims for a dense and disturbing sound, like an unsettling, anxious and angry dream that's too catchy and rhythmic to wish away. Just listen to the heavy drone of "Train" and the crushing yet compelling in that Velvet Underground kind-of-way "Amen." Like the best psychedelic music, Tone Rodent will get under your skin and challenge your sense of what rock music can be.

Postscript: The band recently had a brush with experimental rock fame, getting the chance to work with Martin Atkins (Public Image Limited, Pigface and Damage Manual) and Rosco of Spacemen 3. Read about that connection at the A to Z Blog.

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