Turkey Vulture come out of Connecticut and the duo have put together their first release, recorded at Simon Tuozzli’s studio Up Recording. Simon is the guitarist/vocalist for local band Owl Maker which is the local band our vocalist/guitarist/bassist for Turkey Vulture, Jessie May, plays bass in. Small world. Teaming up with drummer Jim Clegg, they have brought out a two track EP to announce the band to the world.
‘Boxer’ is made up of two tracks, with both songs not quite hitting the three minute mark, so it’s a quick listen that includes the opening and only original track, ‘Boxer’, and a cover of Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’. The band style themselves as being Americana-metal tinged with punk which makes sense as a dynamic, and you get a good demonstration of this from the beginning.
The opening and title track of the EP starts off well with a strong riff before the pace quickens. There’s bounce in the rhythm with a very strong blend of punctual force from the guitar and bass. The vocals are a bit lacking and vary between a whispered snarl and a blasé delivery of mundane activities. It’s the only original track on the EP and one of only two tracks. Nothing too special but there are some interesting bits held within.
The second track, ‘Jolene’, gives us a very different take on the Dolly Parton classic. It utterly obliterates the original and leaves a vile sludge of remnants; a scene that good old Dolly most likely couldn’t bare. It’s certainly an interesting take but most fans of the original will not take this version kindly. At least there’s more impact with the vocals in this one, although Jessie May doesn’t try to over extend the vocals at any point. It’s very bass driven like the first track, probably due to Jessie May’s proclivity to harness her main talents.
Overall, ‘Boxer’ is a two track mish-mash of music that seems to try to liven up the mundanity of life. An almost parody of suburbia that takes spiteful dig at the ‘1%’, it works rather okay but without striking the nail on the head with too great an effect. Turkey Vulture will need to ramp up and take a wider stab at making original music if they are to make any gains. At least they’ve announced themselves, but will everything work out?