What's (Re)New?: Turkish Delight's Tommy Bell

Boston area label, I Heart Noise, will be reissuing Tommy Bell, a highly obscure indie rock album from Boston's own, Turkish Delight.  Originally released in 1996, Tommy Bell is certainly of its era, vocalist Leah Callahan stretching each syllable with the necessary resignation and charming disdain characteristic of the decade, a distortion-laden glaze employed for grit.  The band also evoke the experimental guitar harmonics of Sonic Youth and the abstract funk of bands like Gang of Four, A Certain Ratio, or Pigbag, Turkish Delight's evident fondness for early 80s post-punk and NYC fringe predating the retro-informed spawn from bands like The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and, very recently, Naked Lights and Guerilla Toss.  If you grew up plugged into the output of K Records, 4AD, or Matador, Tommy Bell is a fascinating, overlooked artifact worth checking out. 

You can check out the video for "Grammy" below. 

Tommy Bell will be released via I Heart Noise on November 11th as a limited edition cassette. 

Letters From A Tapehead


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