Have you ever heard of TODD before? Me neither but thanks to those nice people at Riot Season I have now and I’m all the better for it. Don’t be put off by the cheesy cover art because Todd are a four piece from London who produce big fat slabs of greasy punk-metal with hat tips to Touch and Go and in particular Jesus Lizard. There are a few bands around at the moment trying to pump out a similar sound, very few of them doing it very well. TODD are an exception and the fact that they seem to have flown under the radar should hopefully be remedied with Big Ripper.
Big Ripper is the third album proper they have released (their first two were on Southern). To get an idea of their sound you obviously have to take the Jesus Lizard and then also think Boris when they just kick into all out rock n’ roll gear and a similar fuzzed out punk to Clockcleaner. The UK has rarely done this sort of music well (Part Chimp anyone?) and in the earlier tracks there are flourishes of Butthole Surfers type humour, a smattering of McLusky and Big Black metronomic bass thud. Yet in making those comparisons it would be unfair not to point out that TODD are also capable of some left field experimental riffs (French and Out Of France) which reminded me a little of label mates Shit and Shine. The clips I’ve added are from their previous records and although there is great deal of variety of Big Ripper it gives you a bit of an idea of their sound. Big Ripper is released on 20 November 2009.