- Artist/Title: Tuurd - Not So Heavy / Pollock Dracula
- Format: 7inch
- Label: Carbon Records
- Price: $10
- Catalog ID: CR206
Culled from the same recording session as Tuurd’s LP I Wish My Wife Was This Dirty, this single features the almost poppy (but still heavy and loud) Not So Heavy, and the slow trudging Pollock Dracula.
[Packaged in a silkscreened Stumptown press fold-together kraft sleeve featuring artwork by Mike Turzanski. It also includes two 7” x 7” one-color silkscreened prints on heavy chipboard of Turzanski’s work. Digital download coupon included. Random colored vinyl. Limited to 100 copies.]
- Artist/Title: Tuurd - Uusi Tuuli
- Format: CASS
- Label: cae-sur-a (USA)
- Price: $6
- Catalog ID: CarbonDist_caesura_cv022
"Pounding, devastating, sludge from Rochester duo of Joe Tunis (Carbon Records, Crush the Junta and many other incarnations) and r.nuuja (Pengo). This is the soundtrack for the end days; the prophesied 1,000 years of darkness. Fear not the doom, the math-metal-rock or the gurgling, unnatural chants on Russian Frankenstein. Sit back and let uusi tuuli guide you through the circles.
Hand numbered edition of 100. "
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I wish my wife was this dirty
- Artist/Title: Tuurd - I wish my wife was this dirty
- Format: LP
- Label: Carbon Records
- Price: $12
- Catalog ID: CR198
35 minutes of mostly slow, sometimes fast, and always super heavy and thick bass and drums, with limited vocals. Tuurd rises from the ashes of Hilkka (math/indie rock band around for 13yrs). Featuring Nuuj (Pengo, Asthmatic, r.nuuja) and Joe Tunis (Tumul, Crush the Junta and formerly of Pengo), on bass and drums respectively. metal/stoner/doom/spazz/noise.
In the tradition of two-man acts such as Ruins, godheadsilo, Halo, Lightning Bolt, Big Business, Hella, Orthrelm and Om and influenced by the sounds of Corrupted, Abruptum, Sleep, Harvey Milk, Crom, Melvins, Karp, Killdozer, Zeni Geva, Thrones, Earth, Sunn 0))), Codiene, Painkiller, Oxbow, Cheer Accident, Slug, Unsane, Pelican, Meshuggah, 400 Blows, Isis, and of course Black Sabbath.
Limited to 300 on brown vinyl with full color sleeves.
Reviews (3):Weirdo Records
Nuuj & Joe Tunis (aka half of Pengo) duo of bass & drums. Slow, vibrating stoner metal with growly vocals that sometimes does a 180 & picks up for fast & muscular riff workouts. Bass distortion is great sounding- it's a record that could make you want to buy a motorcycle.
Rochester sons Nuuj and Joe Tunis are pretty busy guys. They can be spotted on the roster of numerous projects, many of which are backed by Tunis’s Carbon Records. While some of those former projects include Pango, Crush the Junta, and the deteriorated Hilkka, I’m glad they’ve come together as Tuurd, a name both infantile, idosyncratic, and awesome. For such a simple and straightforward sound on their debut EP I Wish My Wife Was This Dirty, Tuurd keeps me focused. Following suit in the vein of stoner metal/sludge metal/prog rock, Tuurd has found a sound that fits in between all these genres.
The first track “Water” starts off with a climbing riff and a constant drum thud, taking us on a journey down a dark and weary moat. As the song progresses, the bass maintains a slow and sturdy progression. About halfway through, a voice that sounds like an orc from Middle Earth growls “I’ll show you some power, to get you some water.” In fact, Sauron would enjoy rocking out to Tuurd in his chamber on Mt. Doom. Combined with the simple melody and captivating concept, this is a strong first track.
Not all the songs are as hypnotic as “Water.” If you are looking for something more upbeat, “Reeses Feeses” fits the bill. As the second track, this song accomplishes hooking the listener by opening with straddling chords (if The Black Keys got dirty, they’d create something similar), and rare pauses, leaving time to think. It’s not for long until Tuurd propels back into the ruckus for a roll in the mud. Throughout the album the lyrics and vocals are scarce, but when they come in its satisfying. Tuurd has a unique falsetto that I haven’t heard before within metal, almost satirical, but just enough.
There’s a meditative quality to stoner metal that I’ve come to appreciate over the years. The grit, sweat, and pacing remind me of great warriors barging their way through knotty forests. It’s not in your face crazy or senseless strumming. Especially a band like Tuurd, which has an interactive quality and each song seems to emphasize rhythm and drive as with “Eating Ice Cream with Satan,” which is focused on the back and forth play between guitar and drums. It pushes and pulls until the lyrics brag about eating ice cream with Satan in hell. Not going to lie, I’m pretty jealous. Similar to “Eating Ice Cream with Satan” is the album’s eponymous track, “I Wish My Wife Was This Dirty”. It opens with curly cueing dizzying guitar, paired with an intense drumbeat that begs for a breather.The drums continue to chant, until the sound stretches and grows.
A lot of this album is focused on exploring a certain riff, repeating it, then building upon that solid noise and contrasting it with excellent drums and humorous vocals. Tuurd’s biggest quality is keeping it together, seen in the gritty distortion of “Sliding Down” and the massive collisions in “Doot do doot.” Overall, I’m impressed with Tuurd’s hilarious concept and physical skill. Honestly, I wish my wife was this dirty, too.
First we've heard from this oddly monikered duo, just bass and drums, who traffic in a sort of sludge/doom dirgery, the bass super distorted and blown out, sounding in places more like a guitar than a bass, but unfurling thick slabs of buzzing low end, while the drums deliver a plodding caveman accompaniment. The vocals might be the strangest of all, a sort of sung/spoken demonic growl, which give Tuurd a much more abstract experimental vibe. It really does sound like a Neanderthal version of OM. The groove is dark and stonery, thick and sludgey, but when it slows down, and gets a little mathy and dynamic, stripped down while the vocals gurgle malevolently, it's transformed into something else entirely. Which is also what happens on the second track, at least in the first half, the band ditching the sludge for some dense mathy noise prog, the bass and drums in a wild tussle, which finally gives way to a more slithery downtuned groove.
It's hard to really nail these guys down, the label mentions all sorts of other duos, from Lightning Bolt to the Ruins, as well as other bands that occupy a similar sonic space, Sleep, Abruptum, Killdozer, Slug (someone needs to reissue all the Slug records!), Black Sabbath and a bunch of others. But to our ears, Tuurd sound like slowed down power violence, like Man Is The Bastard covered by Corrupted, or some rare Slap A Ham 7" spinning at 5 or 6 rpm, but that's only one side of the Tuurd, the band totally capable of whipping out some seriously dense downtuned progginess, the combination of the two is what makes this stuff so good. Murky and muddy, dirgey and doomy, crusty and filthy, heavy as fuck obviously, proggy and mathy and not without a sense of humor (check out "Eating Ice Cream With Satan"). Definitely recommended for fans of any and all of the above mentioned bands, and anyone who like their music sloooooow and loooooow.
Super striking cover art, the album titled drawn in dirt on the front, the band name smeared in mud (please let it be mud!) on the back. Pressed on brown vinyl (of course) and includes a digital download. - Andee