Everything about Tummler is "thick" - thick utterances from overdriven amplification; thick percussive blasts, hell, even Brad Buldak's trademark delivery is thick. A kinetic wall of huge sound. This is the kinda stuff where you stand away from the club's PA for fear of spontaneous peristalsis in the lower intestine. Hearing damage at the very least.
This is Tummler's second major release, pert near three years after the release of Queen to Bishop IV on Man's Ruin. And we all know what happened there. The signature Man's Ruin kitty ended balls up on a lonely San Fran street.
So God bless Small Stone for stepping up to plate and knocking one out of the park for the boys from Illinois. Early Man will not disappoint those that dug the rich n' heavy druggy space doom vibes emanating from Queen to Bishop IV. I'll tell ya right now that "Arlo" with it's Danzig-on-Percoset crush and "Planet Moai"'s epic long space funeral dirge have the makings of classics. While I liked "Here's to Your Destruction"'s decidedly upbeat instrumental sentiment than the rest of the album, it doesn't detract from the remainder. I just don't really like instrumentals that much. But that's my own trip. And we all know I have issues. It's great to have Tummler back in action. Early Man is an equal opportunity release. Stoner and Metal fans alike ought to embrace this one in equal measure.
"Massive guitar- wielding"... "Flowing percussion" ... "Great big bad-ass rock and roll"... Tu m m l e r brings sounds from the far reaches of the musical spectrum together to create pure and heavy rock and roll. Sound so unique it's been described as heavy acid fuzz rock meets stoner rock meets metal meets good ol'rock and roll. Tummler has been compared to a wide range of bands such as Black Sabbath, Iron B u t t e r f l y, and other late 60's and early 70's greats. Four rock enthusiasts came together to meet one common goal: to create rock so heavy it will knock you on your ass... And this is how it all started
Tummler was born in June of 1996 in Champaign, Illinois. In September of 1999 Tum ml r recorded a three song demo which led to their first full length album 'Queen To Bishop VI' in June 2000 under the legendary Frank Kozik and Man's Ruin Records. The Tummler crew remained all original until the close of 2001. Having witnessed the fall of Man's Ruin, the memories were just too painful to continue... Or, the guitar player thought living in California would be worth leaving his life's blood. Down to two members, Brad Buldak and Jay Vance began to rebuild.
Enter Ryan Jerza k and Ginchy... Together with Brad and Jay, the foursome has smoothed the rough edges, discovered their strengths, and coalesced into a force to be reckoned with. With the guts firmly packed into a new body, Tummler assembled at the Great Western Studio to record their second full-length album 'Early Man', with Matt Talbot (of HUM fame) whom has produced the bands finest mrecorded effort to date. 'Early Man' is comprised of first rate production, strong material, a raw arsenal of sound coming out you.
Tummler looks forward to living up to the Small Stone tradition of heavy ass rock label mates such as Halfway to Gone, Puny Human, Five Horse Johnson, Fireball Ministry, Milligram, and Porn (The Men of) to name a few. With the production of their second album complete, Tummler can get back to what they do best... The live show... With hundreds of shows under theirbelt, Tummler has shared the stage with bands such as L7, Nebula, Honky, Orange Goblin, HTG, Gaza Strippers, Clutch, Nashville Pussy, Anti seen, Goatsnake, Fatso Jetson, Acid King, Cutthroats 9 , HUM, the Hookers, Cuda, Speedealer, High on Fire and many, many more.
released November 12, 2002
Brad Buldak: Guitar & Vocals
Jay Vance: Drums
Ryan Jerzak: Guitar
Total Running Time: 47 minutes
Recorded by Matt Talbott @ Great Western Studios.
Mixed by Matt Talbott @ Private Studios.
Mastered by Chris Gooseman @ Solid Sound.
Artwork by Jay Vance.
Peddling the finest in rock n' roll, psychedelic, stoner, doom, blues, hard rock, fuzz, metal, sludge, vintage 70's style rawk, etc, since 1995!!! True, honest music, made by real, honest people. Available on CD, vinyl, and digital.
This entire album is gold. Aphotic Blues strikes a vein of sonic gold, highlighting this band's skillset. Refined lyrics, thoughtful song structure, and expertly executed vocal harmonies. Can't get much better in my book. Mike Herrick