Heart of the Matador
The Dammitheads are a rock and roll entity unabashed and unbowed. While the name serves to represent the group as a band, it more accurately puts to name the creative writing/recording vehicle and schizophrenic alter-ego for one otherwise begrudgingly titled singer/songwriter named David Tomaloff and his creative counterpart, drummer Steve Hawkins. Their sound recalls hints of bands such as The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, T-Rex, The Clash, Elvis Costello, The Cars and Gang of Four. The pertinent words here are 'rock' and 'roll'. The sound on their second release is unapologetically thick and bleeding. The keen sense of almost poetic lyrical imagery, delivered with a healthy dose of old school swagger is enough to inspire even the most jaded of fists back into the air. All of the elements here integrate seamlessly, almost to the point of begging the question, 'Is The Heart of the Matador a songwriter's record cleverly masquerading as a brazen collection of swaggering rockers or is it a rocker's record masquerading artfully as a shrewdly constructed songwriter's opus, coyly impinging on concept album territory?' The knowing is in the listening...and the believing is in the knowing. The Heart of the Matador was conceived and recorded at the band's own Hey! Low Sound System and mixed by the inimitable Joel Hamilton at Studio G, Brooklyn.