It's Tommy Stromboli: Sounds like a Gangster, voice of an angel: "Recording Mental Breakdowns, Bad Ideas, and the Id Itself".
By Steffen Armstrong
Quite a fitting introduction given the title of the new record is Everything That is Going to Kill You is Extremely Appetizing. Very true too! Tommy Stromboli is the man of the moment and Third Outing are delighted to première the album's big release Saddleback exclusively for your angelic ears. We say angelic, because the big release is exactly that. Pretty angelic, spell-binding, and a whole lot weird. A winning combination if you ask me. Join the world of the plastic baby rocking horse and enjoy the soothing tones of Stromboli at his best, remembering all the while that "you're a horse you're a horse you're a horse".
Everything That is Going to Kill You is Extremely Appetizing is out February 22 on Some Weird Sin Records and judging by this first release, you've got a lot to look forward to. So without further ado, sit back, enjoy the première of Saddleback and get to know Stromboli himself with the following @3rdouting quick fire question round...
Tommy Stromboli autobiography so far?
Holy Moly, It's Tommy Stromboli: Recording Mental Breakdowns, Bad Ideas, and the Id Itself.
The album cover. Explain this?
The album art is actually just a close up photo of Stromboli, fittingly enough. It's extremely appetizing, and it's going to kill me.
Saddleback! What's the idea?
Saddleback was like all my other songs, conceived without defined purpose. But it was born out of sexual frustration. I was 19, horny and pissed off at the world. So I ended up getting pretty into S&M. There was also a girl that I was really into that I felt "did me dirty", or whatever. So I got drunk, started messing around with my guitar, and made that girl the subject of my fantasy.
The video and the baby?
The baby represents my innocence, and the way it was shot and edited was with the idea in mind to make something innocent unsettling. Many girls at my age were unsettled by my perceived innocence, and for the longest time, I didn't understand why. Eventually, it clicked for me, and I wanted that to be captured in the video. Something as innocent as a baby doll can seem downright disturbing if looked at a certain way.
The recording process of ETGKYEA?
Stark and isolated. I never spend long writing and recording a song; the goal isn't to create a "perfect" song. Just perfectly capture a moment of thought. If I refine a thought, it's true form gets perverted. I record everything in my bedroom, with my phone, in one take. With that, I'm getting as pure of a moment as possible. Lots of alcohol helps erode the emotional blockades.
What inspires to create music?
For two primary purposes, one being that music is my obsession. The Replacements, Silver Jews, and Wipers hit me hard and ever since music has haunted me. Which leads into the second point: I wanted a way of documenting how I felt. I have a terrible memory, and have always had a habit of repeating my mistakes because of it. And journals always seemed pedestrian. It paints, to me, a vivid picture of my mind when I made it. So, this album is my late-2013 journal entry, finally to be released now.
A story which epitomizes Tommy Stromboli?
I recorded all this in 2013. It's not really representative of where I'm at mentally and emotionally any more. But it's still an important period of my life. I just recently started working on music again, and the first thing to come out of this new period was a Teengenerate-esque garage punk tune about Frieza being Space Hitler. I think that serves to show that nothing defines the project other than a Frogs style approach to songwriting, and a Ween level of genre flexibility. This album was lots of alcohol, sexual frustration, isolation, Smog, Sebadoh, and Daniel Johnston records. But my ADHD is never going to let record another album remotely similar to it.