The Tomatoes


March 25, 2005

Someone said The Tomatoes tour a lot. Well, they better stop so we can figure out what we've been missing.

Local band The Tomatoes played straightforward rock with a mix of fuzz guitar and punk beats Friday night at Twiropa. The power trio's anthemic rock songs contained quiet verses and loud choruses. The attack, confidence, and danger in "She Wore a Yellow Gas Mask" was reminsicent of the MC 5.

Vocalist/guitarist Will Burdette's lyrics possessed backhanded vitriol and political imagery. The band handed out free CD's(well-produced ones, at that) in exchange for an e-mail address, and the one song that stuck out days after the concert was "The Dogs of War." In a time of war, the song has more meaning than wished. "The military complex is only in your mind/Well fuck you man/I'm the one standing in line/For the call/To the dogs of war." Their words were faintly hopeful in the face of the apocalypse. On "A Place in the Sun," Burdette said, "And so they talk us into war/We acquiesce/We want more/Well in the end/All's for the best...There's gonna come a day/When we'll find a place in the sun." They weren't prescribing to any scene, that's for sure. On "Skinny Ties and All," vocalist/guitarist Will Burdette sang, "This ain't no revolution/This ain't no holiday/Thanks for your contribution/I guess all I gotta say is...Yeah!" That knowing and exhausted scream was followed by, "I'm in the Offbeat/I'm so British/Skinny ties and all."

On the six-minute "Hypnosis," the band broke down and built up the song with a combination of razorblade guitars and psychedelia that recalled early Nirvana.

There was only one slow song in the bunch.

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