Tom Tom Club – European Tour 2013

Tom Tom Club의 흥겨움에는 Talking Heads의 흥겨움과는 다른 무언가가 있다. 이것은 아마도 흥겨운 기조를 유지하면서도 뭔가 변태스러운 분위기를 풍기려는 David Byrne의 존재가 없는 대신 밝고 명랑한 Tina Weymouth 와 그 녀의 자매들이 그 자리를 메우기 때문이 아닐까 싶다. 그래서 아직도 그들의 음악은 발랄한 10대들의 댄스파티를 연상시키는 흥겨움이 있다. 그들의 2013년 유럽 투어 비디오를 모아봤다. 언제나 한국에 올는지.

‘Who’ Are ‘Downtown Rockers’?

As a long-time fan of one of the greatest rock bands ‘Talking Heads’, it’s good to see that the members of the band are still working hard in the music business in spite of their breakup. Band’s ex-frontman David Byrne released a new single ‘Who’ with the help of a famous female artist ‘St. Vincent’, and Tom Tom Club, a kind of side project of Talking Heads and whose members are Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth, started to sell their new EP ‘Downtown Rockers’ online. What really amazed me is that the songs of David Byrne and Tom Tom Club are not just old-fashioned songs that appeal to ’80s rock-n-roll fans and they are rather contemporary and state-of-art. This is partly because they are great musicians and so have kept up with the pop music trends, and partly because current music styles, such as danceable funky beats and exotic melodies, are based upon the great funky new wave band ‘Talking Heads’. That’s why they are not falling behind younger musicians. One of my favorite singes in ‘Downtown Rockers’ so far is ‘Sweets to the sweet’, which has a sophisticated but catchy melody.

Chris Frantz 와 Tina Weymouth 의 인터뷰

Chris Frantz와 Tina Weymouth가 그들의 새 E.P. Downtown Rockers와 그들의 삶, 그리고 음악에 대해서 인터뷰를 가졌다.

It’s often said that a drummer and bass player have to be “married” to form a great rhythm section. But you and Chris actually are husband and wife! [Tina laughs] Does either one lead?

“The drums always lead. The drums work the band. A bass player follows the drummer – always. It doesn’t matter what band you’re in. You can’t do it any other way. I mean, Tricky tries to do it a different way, but Tricky’s Tricky. He is exactly what he says he is – he doesn’t do music, he does image.

“I mean, look at Ringo Starr. George Martin told The Beatles, ‘You’re great, but you’ve got to get another drummer. You’ve got to get a real drummer.’ And Ringo Starr was the real drummer. He kept a very lighthearted, humorous repartee going, but he worked that band. He was an artist. So yes, it’s always a chemistry that starts with the drums.”


Tom Tom Club의 새로운 작업


Tom Tom Club, the Talking Heads offshoot featuring Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz, will release its first new material in 12 years this September. The Downtown Rockers EP will hit digital retailers Sept. 4 and physical stores a week later.[원문보기]

The duo, husband and wife Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth, announced the new mini-effort through their Facebook page, but didn’t quite deliver all of the details. They did, however, confirm that the recording will arrive September 4 digitally, and be issued on vinyl on September 11. That’s potentially it’s artwork up above.[원문보기]

Tom Tom Club이 진행 중인 프로젝트에 관한 소식

현재 Tom Tom Club이 진행 중인 프로젝트는 다섯 곡이 담긴 EP를 만드는 작업이다. 우선 이 앨범에는 스페인의 일렉트로니카 그룹 the Pinker Tones의 “Love Tape” 리메이크가 포함될 예정이다.

As with the Tom Tom Club’s previous five projects, a rotating cast of musicians are featured. Frantz and Weymouth told that the EP will include a remake of “Love Tape” by the Pinker Tones, the Spanish electronica group. “It’s been very exciting,” Frantz said. “We recorded it with the touring band we have, and it sounds really great.”(더 자세한 소식 보기)

Tom Tom Club, 결성 30주년 기념 앨범 낼까?

Tom Tom Club 이 그룹결성 30주년을 기념하여 새 음악으로 앨범을 내는 것을 고려중이라는 보도다. 그들이 마지막으로 앨범을 낸 것은 11년 전이다. 프란츠는 “더 이상 정규 앨범을 내는 것은 고려치 않고 있다. 싱글이나 EP 정도로 생각하고 있는데, 소리가 괜찮은 EP들을 충분히 갖게 되면 함께 모아 앨범을 낼 수도 있다. 오늘날 대부분의 사람들은 그저 좋은 음악을 듣는 것에만 관심있는 것 같다.”라고 이야기했다.