(2016 was the year when I discovered Montréal’s Tumbleweed Dealer through their very cool new album Tokes, Hatred & Caffeine. The band’s main man Seb Painchaud has very expansive and very eclectic musical tastes, and in this year-end list he pulls us off our usual beaten paths by highlighting favorite releases that are outside the usual metal lists… including a lot of Not-Metal.)
To be honest, I fucking hate Christmas. Yup, that’s how I’m going to start this article. I fucking hate the holidays. I hate the parties, the gift giving and the family gatherings. It’s cold as fuck up here at this time of year and snow isn’t the beautiful white flurries you see in Christmas movies in a big city like Montreal, it’s just grey, wet mush that ends up everywhere, ensuring wet socks from the second you leave the house until the moment you brave the arctic winds once again to make it home.
The one thing I actually enjoy about the holidays: End of year list season.
I love going through every list I can check out and every album I haven’t heard yet, and try to agglomerate everyone else’s discoveries into my own list. That’s why I put out a top 100 list every year. Not 25, 50, or even 75. 100. And I always end up cutting albums to bring it down to 100.
But 100 is a bit much for here and there’s no point in mentioning the same albums as everyone else. So I offered NCS to write a list of albums you won’t find on most metalhead’s lists.
Those of our readers who visit our site every day (i.e., the truly wise among you) will immediately recognize the artwork at the top of this post — because it appeared here only yesterday, when I included a new song by Tumbleweed Dealer in a collection of music that I urged people to hear. And as I promised in that post yesterday, we have yet another song by this very talented band to put before your ears. Its name is “Saloon Fight“, and it comes from Tumbleweed Dealer’s new third album Tokes, Hatred & Caffeine, which will be released on November 21.
For those who didn’t stop by here yesterday and who may be newcomers to this Montréal band, they are a formidable duo consisting of guitarist/bassist Seb Painchaud and drummer Jean-Francois Richard. There are weed references aplenty in everything surrounding the band, from their name to many of their song and album titles, but you need not be a toker or a deeply devoted fan of stoner rock and metal to appreciate Tumbleweed Dealer’s approach to music. They, too, have different interests… including imagining how the Old West might have looked if seen through the prism of a horror movie (and a lot of drugs).
We’re entering the time of year when year-end lists will quickly start popping up, and that means our own annual LISTMANIA frenzy will soon begin. As usual, the earliest of the forthcoming lists (those that will soon appear in print zines), will necessarily neglect albums that are set for release between now and January 1, and even some that were released in the first half of November. We will continue trying to spotlight those, despite succumbing to listmania.
The impending LISTMANIA orgy also means that our own output of reviews and new-music features will likely diminish. In what’s left of our period of normalcy, I have plans to throw as much new quality music your way as I can, including two features today, beginning here. The organizing principle of this collection is simply this: Diversity.
To begin today’s round-up I’m stepping off our typical beaten paths of blood-lusting savagery with music from a band I’ve only discovered recently — Tumbleweed Dealer from Montréal. Their third album, Tokes, Hatred & Caffeine, the cover of which is visible above, will be released on November 21, 2016.