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Weekly New Music Quickie: 11-6-20 – 11-12-20: Meet TMA


Sure, like I said it is a quiet week, but quiet isn’t dead. Sure you can go back a week to the new Wizkid, one of the best of the year absolutely certain, or you can go through the singles and listen to Justin Bieber feature on 24Goldn’s great smasherino that is only improved, or maybe back into The Style Council compilation, or the super deluxe Armed Forces…

Or maybe visit where I never go, Bandcamp. I seldom leave streaming services because I see no reason to go looking for more work, there is simply too much music around. But I am happy I got turned onto the only just post-punk, early 80s TMA. According to James Reynolds in Brooklynvegan, “Back in the ’80s, the New Jersey punk scene was always overshadowed by the New York and SoCal scenes. These bands never got their fair credit and now people can take the time to go back and re-discover some incredible material from that time. I discovered the TMA recordings as I was looking to do release a New Jersey punk compilation called Armpit of America. When I heard TMA it just hit me in the face and I scrapped the idea of the compilation and decided to release TMA instead. Funny enough, the person who put me in touch with the band was Laura Albert aka famed literary persona JT LeRoy. And with the passing of lead singer Mike Demko earlier this year, the release now serves as a memorial to him and the band. ”

TMA were post-punk hardcore but we are talking very near to the flame of the original which means while it is white noise thrash, it is faster, less droney and samey heavy duty post-punk. It thrashes about in its own sweat, and it remains this side of speed. If you are a punk maven, it might not be a Jersey unknown gem but it is certainly a metamorphosed sound stuck between caterpillar and dead caterpillar and repays a listen with a thunderingly good buzz. You can hear the 43 song box set right here, the reissue for What’s for Dinner? Beach Party 2000? Super Deluxe Reissue with bonus Just Desserts EP. It takes awhile but by the time you reach “Toll Booth” they have already become more like post punk as we know it with vicious and vitriolic guitar solos, only a coupla bars but here it is.By the time you reach “Ode To Clemency” you might be wonmdering if they are a secret influence on Jersey punks For Science…

Grade: B+



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