NEW BOMB TURKS at the Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Friday (October 25). $10. 416-598-4753. Rating: NNNNN
With groups like the Strokes, Hives and White Stripes eliciting a promising mainstream tolerance for nasty garage rock, it seems like the New Bomb Turks may have been a bit premature in their decision to leave the road. The Turks aren't going quietly. Their raging new disc, The Night Before The Day The Earth Stood Still (Gearhead) -- with characteristic guitar blaze bolstered by caterwauling saxophone screech -- is easily the most exciting thing they've done since leaving the Crypt label with the Pissing Out The Poison singles comp kiss-off in 95.
So why stop now, just when things are getting good? Well, it could be that travelling around the country four deep in an Econoline just doesn't hold the same fascination it did when the Columbus kooks were in their 20s and happy to be paid in brew.
"This is definitely our last tour," insists the group's nutty-charismatic frontman, Eric Davidson, from the New Jersey home of Crypt commandant Tim Warren. "Sam (drummer Sam Brown) has a child now and another band, Jim (guitarist Jim Weber) is back in school to finish up his teaching degree, and I'd like to do the same. We're all a bit tired of Columbus anyway.
"There's a good chance this will also be our last proper studio album, although there will likely be a 10-inch EP of songs we cut for a local label that never came out, along with an album of singles tracks and outtakes coming out on Gearhead next spring.
"But we all feel we've put enough time into the New Bomb Turks, so it'll be interesting to try something new."
Evidently, the fact that the New Bomb Turks can still kick the ass of any so-called punk band working today isn't reason enough to hang around in hopes of a payback for kick-starting the current garage revival.
"It all really comes down to having the right shtick and the right management. I mean, a ukulele band from Poland could be the next big thing if they have a manager who's going to get them on the cover of every magazine on the stands.
"Since we don't have the kind of management who can get us on the MTV Awards and we're never going to get dressed up in suits or white ties, we'll always sell the same number of records no matter how we sound. That's just the way it works."firstname.lastname@example.org