We only recently came across The Tinder Box a three piece band that hail from south eastern South Dakota. There is a rawness and a southern gothic feel to their music which we liked a lot, a cross somewhere between 16 Horsepower, The Cave Singers and Califone.
Their latest album Who’s To Till This Land? conjures vast empty and unforgiving landscapes, a land of ghosts and plenty of redemption. They produce a large sound for just three musicians and they pack a lot of atmosphere in there as well. The opening ‘To the Road‘ features their trademark forlorn vocals, foot stomps, choruses and lonesome echoing trumpet. They have a unique style that grows on you and whilst the end of The Crow, The Mourn may sound a little too reminiscent of the Mumford boys for a UK audience these days they really take up the mantle here on in. ‘The Wayward‘ is down 16 Horsepower territory, you can almost hear David Eugene Edwards singing “…they sing take my body down, don’t leave me lord” and the following instrumental offers the perfect interlude with trembling piano and hauntingly bowed strings.
‘Kill Creek‘ is a firm favourite, opening to slow and sparse banjo before the pace is quickened by infectious foot-stomps that accelerate and take you along with it! ‘Memphis Man‘ closes the album, a song in movements, building and culminating in force with Chad Konrad, Dominic Osterloh and Jon Wallner all reaching their peak like fire and brimstone preachers, the perfect finale!
Go and check them out, we liked them a lot!