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Tulip’s Futuristic, Mechanized Grind Hits Hard on “Lessent”

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Tulip sounds like metal from the future — more specifically, metal that comes from the cyberpunk future so many movies, games, and books from the 1980s and 1990s envisioned for our time. As this Minneapolis band grinds forth with square-peg-in-round-hole timings and rhythms, they maintain a brute, industrial force like that of Author & Punisher. But Tulip answers another question: what would happen if Meshuggah and The Locust formed a technological cult with music as its form of prayer?

The second track off Tulip’s self-titled debut “Lessent,” streaming exclusively above, swirls with the mechanized anxiety that beats in the hearts of the War Boys from Mad Max: Fury Road. Alec Tonjes grooves with simultaneous grace and power, pushing the track with modded circuit board rhythms. Dan Lee’s wire ball guitar riffs have an articulate crunch as he and Sanjeev Mishra enact a low-growl-high-scream call and response. Like a crazed dentist, Mishra fills the liminal space in “Lessent” with piercing synthetic noise. And Cole Overby’s bass is corrosive oil in the system, linking each element and ensuring the smooth functionality of the machine.

All told, Tulip is a poisonous metallic flower emerging from post-apocalyptic dust.

Tulip releases independently on April 5th. Follow Tulip on Facebook. The band will be on tour of the Midwest starting April 12th, dates below:

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