Thomas Wydler – On The Mat And Off MEDIA

Artist:             Thomas Wydler
Title:               On The Mat And Off
Format:          CD & Download
Release:        9. November 2012
Barcode:       7640153360359
Cat. Nr:          SSCD01
Distribution:  Irascible (CH)

Recommended Tracks:
Even A Man Like Me
Get Cool
Slow Space

01 Swedish Memories
02 Even A Man Like Me
03 Strongman´s Dream
04 Crack-G-Man
05 Bravado
06 Get Cool
07 Slow Space
08 Syncrophonia
09 The Lion Of Scandinavia
10 Dumb-Bell-Cafe
11 Faraway From Home
12 Duel With Cyr
13 Lost American

“On the Mat and Off”, the fourth Album from Bad Seeds drummer Thomas Wydler, is inspired by the life of his Swedish great grandfather, August W. Johnson, known as “The Lion of Scandinavia” and “August the Strong”. For years, Wydler has wanted to do a tribute album to honour this beautiful and largely forgotten strong man.

In music, text and pictures, Wydler evokes Johnson’s life as an immigrant and touring strongman in turn of the century America. Despite this historical inspiration, musically, Wydler works within his unique contemporary style. He steers clear of period quotes and clichés. Playing his drums with restraint, he lays percussive foundations for melodies of melancholy beauty.

Train travels with weights in his luggage to compete against the strongest men in the world, winner of the Strongman’s Contest at Madison Square Garden in 1903, his Dumbbell-Cafe in Manhattan, his Swedish specialties shop in the Bronx, promoting live music daily at Palm Garden, are a few of the colourful elements in Johnson’s story captured by Wydler and musician friends, including singer, Dave Graney, Katarina Johnson, Sara Lunden and Wydler’s “Bad Seeds” band mate, Jim Sclavunos in the 13 tracks of this album

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Presspic: © Soulsheriff Records
Photographer: Frank Zauritz


Thomas Wydler – Soulsheriff 2007
Wydler/Peter/Röhm – Tribute To Walter Stöhrer 2005
Thomas Wydler & Toby Dammit – Morphosa Harmonia 2004


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