Minneapolis-based rock and roll band The Cloak Ox have just premiered another song from their forthcoming record "Shoot The Dog", available September 17th. The song, King Rope, is at once melodically elegant, lyrically brutal and plain funky, complete with grooving percussion and cutting guitar work that has been turning more and more people onto this incredible band. D
Apart from the usual 4 band members, King Rope features additional help from a number of talented individuals. Tunde Adebimpe from TV on the Radio sings backup vocals along with Minneapolis-based singer Mankwe Ndosi. Frank Rivery, a Cuban born, L.A. based musician plays percussion from beginning to end, perfectly complimenting drummer Martin Dosh's subtle groove.
This is the 3rd taste of this adventurous album to be heard, and is further evidence of the album's poignancy and massive creative arc. This debut LP is a self-actualized study of parallel lives lived, abandoned spaces explored, vital/petty scores kept, momentary peace attained and, mostly, freedom sought. It sometimes sounds like a proto-metal band playing R&B. Or a fusion group covering Tom Petty. Or Manchester alt-dudes doing Americana. Actually, it sounds like The Cloak Ox, and that's clearly a pretty silly thing to try and pin down.
The Cloak Ox will be touring the eastern portion of the U.S. in October, including a stop in NYC for the Totally Gross National Product showcase at The Knitting Factory on October 17th. Dates for the rest of the country will be available soon.
08-28 - Minneapolis, MN - Icehouse
09-28 - Duluth, MN - Tycoon's
10-04 - Minneapolis, MN - The Fine Line *
10-05 - Madison, WI - The Majestic Theatre *
10-06 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall *
10-08 - St Louis, MO - Blank Space
10-09 - Indianapolis, IN - Joyful Noise Office
10-10 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Pyramid Scheme
10-12 - Cincinnati, OH - MOTR Pub
10-13 - Columbus, OH - Tree Bar
10-17 - Brooklyn, NY - TGNP CMJ showcase @ Knitting Factory
* w/ Why?