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Now Hear This: Deniz Tek | Long Before Day

Radio Birdman's guitarist shifts between punk, rock and blues on his latest solo LP.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “On Long Before Day, Deniz Tek explores his many influences, drawing on his signature Radio Birdman sound as the jumping-off point.

Taking One For The Team evokes Exile-period Stones and early Stooges. Truck and Roll puts Chuck Berry in the garage. Ain’t Gonna (Stand for That) is a revolutionary anthem. Where is a soulful reckoning that the hour is late. One of the album’s highlights, Speak Of Ice is an introspective dreamscape inspired by 14th-century Persian poetry and Howlin’ Wolf. Other songs venture into country blues.

Deniz took advantage of the two-year tour hiatus on a Hawaiian coffee plantation to compose the carefully constructed guitar arrangements. Anne Tek brought her experience playing live with Deniz to the studio for her recording debut. The two guitars weave through all 13 songs. Keith Streng from The Fleshtones trades his guitar for the drums, his first instrument. Deniz’s long-time musical partner Bob Brown produced the album and plays bass. Mort Bradley mixed Long Before Day, pulling all the elements together to give the album a strong, punchy sound.”


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