Wednesday, December 15, 2004


[Official site for Scarcity Of Tanks. Last updated: 5 September 2016]


As any scholar of transcontinental avant-garage knows, when the city once called The Mistake On The Lake exports weirdo discord, it is unassailably top-shelf. Scarcity Of Tanks shift manager Matthew Wascovich and his crew certainly have the 216 brew pumping through their veins, but Ringleader Lies also resides in a space without a place — a scene without a hometown. This firm rejection of rock’s compliant and predictable snuggling with its own sense of self delivers hard-won darkness and exile. Virtuosity on the album lays within its economy. The ship is tight, the route, self-determined yet bereft of congratulatory sentiment, a crucial by-pass of the armies of mediocre dunderheads forever inner-tubing down rivers of flaming shit. This incarnation of SOT excels at nuanced heaviness, Pedro-esque flirtation with the infinite abyss within, and the classic Stooges / Suicide / Torch Of The Mystics slow burn, where grooves hammer sickening hypnosis into fragments. Each track delivers delicious tension in both form and feel; Wascovich’s sturdy visions of rust-belt dystopia are barked and crooned like some -opathic character in an unpublished Warren Zevon short story crawling across bent and grime-slickened cement in an amaretto-colored delirium. His insistent, calcium-charged voice is optimized when flanked by riff and texture. Guitars disorient from an assortment of vantage points, one layer groaning with stone-eyed purpose, another layer riddled with piercing, calisthenic ack ack, another writhing like a magnetic jump rope locked in a Faraday cage as part of some arcane beta-AI protocol. Beautifully recorded by Paul Hamann at the legendary Suma Recording Studio, the material transcends the classic moves upon which it is based, and without which it couldn’t exist. Long live disappearing.

Jerry Motivational, Prostrate Riffler
San Francisco
5 September 2016

Scarcity Of Tanks' Ringleader Lies album from Total Life Society will be available 15 September. Please order from Revolver USA distribution & Midheaven mailorder by clicking here.

Scarcity Of Tanks - Ringleader Lies
(Total Life Society, 2016, TLS007)


01. Over And Done
02. Feeling Warsaw
03. Oh Memory
04. Demolished Ernie
05. Tenderloin Submissive
06. Most Cunning
07. Cool It Conditioned
08. Melina Pedestrian
09. Trees
10. Torch
11. Casket
12. Into Your Activities
13. Beware The Drill
14. Northeast Kingdom Vermont
15. Mentor Screws
16. The New Creations
17. Psyche Hang-Gliding Accident
18. Open
19. Histamine Bunker
20. Shot From Behind
21. Marcy Havemeyer
22. Slowly Down Clifton

Dave Cintron - electric guitar, acoustic guitar, piano, organ, backing vocals
Nels Cline - electric guitar
Noah Depew - electric guitar
Doug Gillard - bass, electric guitar, acoustic guitar
Gnarlos - electric guitar, violin, keyboard, electronics
Paul Hamann - bass, engineer
Andrew Klimeyk - electric guitar
Pete Mazich - organ
John Petkovic - electric guitar, piano, backing vocals
Scott Pickering - drums, electronics, percussion, vibraphone, xylophone
Lee Ranaldo - electric guitar
Rich Raponi - electric guitar, bass
Sebastian Wagner - bass, electronics, synth
Matthew Wascovich - vocals
Tom Watson - electric guitar
Mike Watt - bass
Norman Westberg - electric guitar, 12-string guitar

Album engineered by Paul Hamann at Suma Recording Studio with artwork by John Moloney.

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Scarcity Of Tanks is a band started by Matthew Wascovich in 2004 and has released six albums from Total Life Society.


No Endowments - Total Life Society, TLS001 (2008)
Bleed Now - Total Life Society, TLS002 (2010)
Sensational Grade - Total Life Society, TLS003 (2011)
Vulgar Defender - Total Life Society, TLS004 (2012)
Fear Is Not Conscience - Total Life Society, TLS005 (2012)
Ohio Captives - Total Life Society, TLS006 (2012)
Ringleader Lies - Total Life Society, TLS007 (2016)

Find Scarcity Of Tanks' releases in your local record store. For retail sales, please contact Tedium House by clicking here. For wholesales orders, please contact Revolver USA distribution & Midheaven mailorder by clicking here. Digital sales are available via Amazon, iTunes, etc.

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