Diagrams Without Instructions
Hi Fi Alliance
Musical virtuoso Thomas Lunch has constructed his own box and resides inside of it comfortably. Apart from the adjectives and verbs used to categorize music that can’t just be simply called “rock,” or “country,” or “rap,” Lunch seems to dare the listener to label him.
If I must, to please the readers who need a sketch of what’s to be expected upon listening to Diagrams Without Instructions, then let me be as ridiculous as I can while still maintaining truth to the uniqueness of his sound.
Thomas Lunch is of the experimental/indie/electronic/psychedelic/punk/garage/grunge/dark wave/folk variety. His lyrics and vocals are moody and deep, yet melodic and often funny. Compare him to Jane’s Addiction, Nirvana, Jonathan Richman, Devo, David Bowie, Pixies, U2, 30 Seconds to Mars, Sparta, Robyn Hitchcock, Beck, Towers of London and Talking Heads… but he sounds like none of them. Call him the Enya or Bjork of rock music because he is credited as the writer, composer, producer and player of all vocals, guitars, mini-moogs, synths, bass, and drum machines.
If that’s not enough to garner your attention, consider this: there is a song on this impressive debut called “Tater Tots & Robots.” Does this alone not tickle you?! Tater tots and robots, man! That’s poetry for the modern age!
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