This week’s Thursday track exclusive is a slice of dark, gritty ‘neo-noir’ Americana from New York-based trio Ten Ton Man
Thursday’s here again, which means it’s once more time for Songwriting to bring you world-first listen to some brand new music! And doing the honours for us this week are the New York trio of Paul Livornese, Paul Dugan and Paul Triff, better known as Ten Ton Man.
Livornese formed the band in 2010, since when they’ve gigged constantly around the New York area and released two records – a self-titled album in 2013 and an EP called Chunk Of Change in 2014. Another EP, Permission To Sin, is to released imminently – and Bone To Pick With You, an interesting fusion of Livernese’s gruff, Tom Waits-ish vocals and instrumentation (banjo, accordion, trumpet harmonica) that hints at Balkan gypsy-jazz à la Gogol Bordello et al – is the first track from it.
Of the song itself, Ten Ton Man say, rather mysteriously: “What happens when you and a friend work for the same organisation and he screws up, hightails it out of there, and leaves you hanging with the collateral damage? Well, you get fingered by upper management to eliminate his position….if you get my drift.” We’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions about that one!
The hype sheet recommends this one for fans of Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen and Johnny Cash, but as ever, you can make your own mind up…