The drummer is branching out solo in the new year
Vampire Weekend drummer Chris Tomson has shared a new song from his solo project, Dams of the West.
Tomson will launch Dams of the West next year with the debut album ‘Youngish American’, which has been co-produced by The Black Keys‘ drummer Patrick Carney. It’ll be released on February 24 on 30th Century Records/Columbia.
The 32-year-old artist shared the second song from the project yesterday (December 2), ‘Tell The Truth’, along with a video, which you can watch below.
In an accompanying press release, Tomson revealed the thought process behind both the song and the trippy video (via Pitchfork).
“’Tell the Truth’ is a song about objectivity and/or the ‘blame America firs’ phenomenon. When I wrote the song, I believed that facts, at some future endpoint, would conquer all. But then last week the guy at my bodega told me we are now ‘living in a post-truth world’ while looking at his Samsung Galaxy Stardust 8GB and selling me a sleeve of honey roasted peanuts so perhaps I was mistaken. Either way, the tune’s got a good beat and you can skank to it.
“This video was inspired by the oppressive sense of paranoia that has come to define 2k16 for me. I am fascinated by the way the most trivial bits of footage can be used as definitive proof that, say, a certain televangelist is a shape-shifting reptilian overlord or Hillary def has a malignant brain tumor. While I’m not yet a political figure, I thought it would be a worthwhile exercise to see what a closer examination of my own actions might reveal. The results, as you can see, are provocative yet not entirely unexpected.”
‘Tell The Truth’ follows the first song from the Dams of the West project, ‘Death Wish’, which was released back in September. Watch its lyric video below.
Tomson’s day job in Vampire Weekend could be set to resume next year – see details of their reported new record deal here.