TK & The Holy Know-Nothings: The Incredible Heat Machine (CD)
(Mama Bird) 11 tracks, digipack
The Incredible Heat Machine, the upcoming album from the band TK & The Holy Know-Nothings, is an album about growth. Sound-wise, it's not too different from 2019's Arguably OK (and 2020's B-side EP Pickled Heat). It simply tells the story of a working band that gets off the road and gets right back to work, intent on capturing the growth and wear and tear that has accumulated in the meantime.
Both albums were recorded in just a few days in the middle of winter (two years apart) in Enterprise, Oregon, a quiet cowboy town at the base of the snow-capped Wallowa Mountains. Both were recorded live, without overdubs, onstage at the historic OK Theatre, where much of the budget went to keeping the heat on.
And again, Thompson improvised with the help of his old buddy and local theater employee Bart Budwig.
While Arguably OK introduced listeners to the band's distinctive rock 'n' roll, infused with the strange, wide-open outsider nature of Western Country, The Incredible Heat Machine goes further and further afield.
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