DENIZ TEK - DETROIT
Born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, guitarist, singer and songwriter Deniz Tek's career has now extended over three decades.
Best known in Australia as a founding member of the influential 70s rock band Radio Birdman, Tek has pursued an ongoing musical path that has seen a significant number of solo releases as well as frequent touring and recording with figures emanating from Detroit's iconic bands The Stooges and MC5.
February 22nd marks the long awaited Citadel Records release of Detroit, Tek's first solo album in more than 10 years. Apart from luminous flashes of keyboards and harmonica, Detroit is at its heart, a guitar album, with Tek's vocals and signature guitar playing set against a rock solid rhythm section of veteran musicians.
Mixed at one of America's oldest recording studios, Houston's historic Sugar Hill, the album sounds raw and real with its themes often hard edged. Both sonically and lyrically, it will stand as a major evolutionary step forward for Tek's music as well as being a look back to his early days in Ann Arbor and the Motor City.
"The thrill and drill of Tek's performance was as true as the one I watch repeatedly, on YouTube, by Radio Birdman from Australian TV in 1977. Catch that one anytime. See the legend live every chance you get." David Fricke - Rolling Stone US - 2012.
In support of the album, Deniz and band will tour Australia in February / March before heading to Europe and the US.
Track Listing: (34:44 m:s)
- Pine Box (3:40 m:s)
- Fate, Not Amenable To Change (4:09 m:s)
- Twilight Of The Modern Age (3:19 m:s)
- Can Of Soup (2:47 m:s)
- Growing Dim (3:30 m:s)
- Ghost Town (4:07 m:s)
- Perfect World (4:01 m:s)
- Falling (3:03 m:s)
- Let Him Pay For That (3:21 m:s)
- I'm All Right (2:51 m:s)
1) Pine Box: A Motor City death ballad, with chilling B3 and Stooge-based riffs punctuating verses like street gunfire.
2) Fate, Not Amenable To Change: Droning guitar lines weave through and around late-sixties mellotron in the verses, cutting to straight-up seventies Exile in the choruses.
3) Twilight Of The Modern Age: Full of Biblically graphic descriptions of desperate times, at the end of the era of enlightenment and the onset of the long pitiless Night ahead.
4) Can of Soup: Hits keening notes of loneliness and pain, briefly contrasted by searingly beautiful electric 12 string.
5) Growing Dim: An acoustic slow burn, the Roky Erickson inspired lyrics evoking finality and hopelessness, while offering one last tiny bit of comfort before the lights go out.
6) Ghost Town: A song about people from Detroit, how they feel, or not, and why.
7) Perfect World: Standing in stark contrast, a mini rock opera, fully instrumental until around the 2 minute mark, and when the vocals do hit, they are innocently happy, leading to a coda that is a mix of Can't Explain and I Can See For Miles
8) Falling: Heavy in the gravitational sense both musically and lyrically. A mournful tribute to a fallen comrade in arms.
9) Let Him Pay For That: A not-so-lighthearted message to an ex, completely fictitious of course, with any and all resemblance to real persons living or dead being strictly accidental.
10) I'm All Right: A riot of blues harp, with Daddy Long Legs blowing his brains out and Deniz counter-riffing like there's no tomorrow. Which there might not be.