Tom Tom Club are set to release new EP 'Downtown Rockers' this Spring - the band's first material in a decade.
Focussing on Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz - Talking Heads' rhythm section - Tom Tom Club were always much more than a mere side project. The band had influences, an identity all of their own which filtered together aspects of hip hop, soul, reggae, punk and lot more besides.
Still essentially an ongoing project, the past decade has been a quiet spell for Tom Tom Club. Live dates have been sporadic, while the wait for new material has seen fans left twiddling their thumbs for ten years.
Now they're back. New EP 'Downtown Rockers' matches New York and reggae reference points, with Tom Tom Club insisting that the new EP is a salute to the scene which spawned them.
Chris Frantz; "We recorded the basic tracks soon after we toured with the Psychedelic Furs in October of 2011 at our home studio. These tracks were built from improvised jam sessions with Bruce Martin on keyboards and Pablo Martin on guitar, Tina Weymouth on bass and myself on drums. This is the same way we began 'Remain In Light' with Talking Heads. This time our only instruction to the other players was to keep the parts simple with lots of space, like Booker T. and the MGs would do. There are some beautiful young kids running around Brooklyn in band shirts from the golden age of CBGBs and Max's, a period that it seems is just as important today as it was back then."
'Downtown Rockers' is set to be released on March 18th. Tracklisting:
1. Downtown Rockers
2. Won't Give You Up
3. You Make Me Rock and Roll
4. Kissin' Antonio
5. Sweets to the Sweet
6. Downtown Rockers (Ed Stasium E-Dub Mix)
7. Downtown Rockers (Arthur Baker Superstar DJ Mix)
8. Kissin' Antonio (Entro & Ginseng Short Mix)
9. Kissin' Antonio (DJ Latin Bitman Mix)
Here's the video for title cut 'Downtown Rockers'. Directed by Jim Swaffield, it features downtown luminaries Debbie Harry and Richard Hell.