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A rugged rock album with references to Stooges, Suicide, Torch Of The Mystics, Minutemen, &c, and a long list of collaborators including Lee Ranaldo, Tom Watson, Mike Watts; edgy songs of strong intent delivered in tight riffs and solid, heavy rhythm.

Scarcity Of Tanks
Ringleader Of Lies

Scarcity Of Tanks: Ringleader Of Lies (Total Life Society Records)

Label: Total Life Society Records    
Released in: USA    

"As any scholar of transcontinental avant-garage knows, when the city once called The Mistake On The Lake exports weirdo discord, it is unassailably top-shelf. Scarcity Of Tanks shift manager Matthew Wascovich and his crew certainly have the 216 brew pumping through their veins, but Ringleader Lies also resides in a space without a place - a scene without a hometown.

This firm rejection of rock's compliant and predictable snuggling with its own sense of self delivers hard-won darkness and exile. Virtuosity on the album lays within its economy. The ship is tight, the route, self-determined yet bereft of congratulatory sentiment, a crucial by-pass of the armies of mediocre dunderheads forever inner-tubing down rivers of flaming shit.

This incarnation of SOT excels at nuanced heaviness, Pedro-esque flirtation with the infinite abyss within, and the classic Stooges / Suicide / Torch Of The Mystics slow burn, where grooves hammer sickening hypnosis into fragments. Each track delivers delicious tension in both form and feel; Wascovich's sturdy visions of rust-belt dystopia are barked and crooned like some -opathic character in an unpublished Warren Zevon short story crawling across bent and grime-slickened cement in an amaretto-colored delirium. His insistent, calcium-charged voice is optimized when flanked by riff and texture. Guitars disorient from an assortment of vantage points, one layer groaning with stone-eyed purpose, another layer riddled with piercing, calisthenic ack ack, another writhing like a magnetic jump rope locked in a Faraday cage as part of some arcane beta-AI protocol.

Beautifully recorded by Paul Hamann at the legendary Suma Recording Studio, the material transcends the classic moves upon which it is based, and without which it couldn't exist. Long live disappearing."-Jerry Motivational, Prostrate Riffler

"Nels Courtney Cline (born January 4, 1956 in Los Angeles) is an American guitarist and composer. He has been the guitarist for the band Wilco since 2004.

He first came to prominence in the 1980s playing jazz, often in collaboration with his twin brother Alex Cline, a drummer. Since then, he has worked with a wide range of musicians in punk and alternative rock, notably Mike Watt and Thurston Moore. He also leads the groups the Nels Cline Singers and Nels Cline Trio.

Cline was named the 82nd greatest guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone magazine in November 2011."

-Wikipedia (

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Product Information:

UPC: 655035510729

Label: Total Life Society Records
Catalog ID: TLS007
Squidco Product Code: 23038

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded at Suma Recording Studio in Painesville, Ohio, by Paul Hamann.


Dave Cintron-electric guitar, acoustic guitar, piano, organ, backing vocals

Nels Cline-electric guitar

Noah Depew-electric guitar

Doug Gillard-bass, electric guitar, acoustic guitar

Gnarlos-electric guitar, violin, keyboard, electronics

Paul Hamann-bass, engineer

Andrew Klimeyk-electric guitar

Pete Mazich-organ

John Petkovic-electric guitar, piano, backing vocals

Scott Pickering-drums, electronics, percussion, vibraphone, xylophone

Lee Ranaldo-electric guitar

Rich Raponi-electric guitar, bass

Sebastian Wagner-bass, electronics, synth

Matthew Wascovich-vocals

Tom Watson-electric guitar

Mike Watt-bass

Norman Westberg-electric guitar, 12 string guitar

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Track Listing:

1. Over And Done 2:32

2. Feeling Warsaw 3:15

3. Oh Memory 3:32

4. Demolished Ernie 2:35

5. Tenderloin Submissive 1:09

6. Most Cunning 2:19

7. Cool It Conditioned 1:58

8. Melina Pedestrian 2:38

9. Trees 5:46

10. Torch 2:07

11. Casket 2:28

12. Into Your Activities 2:03

13. Beware The Drill 2:41

14. Northeast Kingdom Vermont 4:44

15. Mentor Screws 5:57

16. The New Creations 4:19

17. Psyche Hang-Gliding Accident 1:04

18. Open 2:55

19. Histamine Bunker 3:02

20. ShotFrom Behind 3:39

21. Marcy Havemeyer 3:02

22. Slowly Down Clifton 4:45