Trumans Water

Of Thick Tum

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This Californian post-hardcore group dealt in a lo-fi noise rock with angular inclinations that come off as a notably unique hybrid of Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band, the Swell Maps, and early Sonic Youth. If that sounds like a post-rock dream combination, the prolific group churned out a string of stunning lo-fi albums and singles during the early '90s, but maybe only their more obscure avant-rock musings sheltered them from reaching the larger audiences that their contemporaries Pavement and Sebadoh achieved. The album in question is their second full-length, originally self-released by the band on the Justice My Eye label, and was reissued by Homestead Records in the U.S. and Elemental in Europe. The latter version features additional tracks, including cover of the Fugs "Johnny Pissoff & the Red Angel Meets." The band achieved notoriety for their audacious cover version of '70s Krautrock legends Faust's "The Sad Skinhead," which closed their debut album. Of Thick Tum is an overlooked milestone in American avant-garde/indie rock that has had a wide influence in the underground, with Beck, Thurston Moore, and John Peel frequently tipping hats to the group during their heyday. If Pavement, Drive Like Jehu, and U.S. Maple appeal, then Trumans Water's second album has much to offer.

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