Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Tullycraft - The Railway Prince Hotel

Sean Tollefson of Seattle band Tullycraft has long been a musical hero around WYMA World Headquarters.  Incubated in the indie playground that was Puget Sound in the '90s, he has been resolutely, even defiantly, twee for over two decades.  His sweet spot is uptempo, melodic songs with large doses of wry humor delivered with punk energy.  His lyrics paint concise scenes that often prompt us to think "hey, I've been in that situation", but we never tell the story as well as Sean.  The humor often spreads to the titles of songs (for example, past albums included "Pop Songs Your New Boyfriend's Too Stupid To Know About" and "Rumble With The Gang Debs") and albums (City of Subarus made fun of Seattle's reputation for devotion to that automobile).

Tullycraft's new album, The Railway Prince Hotel, is more of the same, which makes us very happy.  Featuring instant classics such as "Has Your Boyfriend Lost His Flavor On The Bedpost Overnight?", "We Couldn't Dance to Billy Joel", and "We Lost Our Friends to Heavy Metal", and lyrical refrains such as "I never thought I could hate you / I guess I was wrong" (from "The Cat's Miaow In A Spacesuit"), it is clear that the well of inspiration continues to run deep as Sean and his current bandmates, Jenny Mears, Chris Munford, and Corianton Hale age and acquire responsibilities.  The band manages to be poignant, knowing, smug, funny and self-deprecatory, often in the same song, while being unfailingly entertaining.  This album is a musical treasure.

The Railway Prince Hotel is out now in digital, CD and vinyl formats via HHBTM Records.

Bandcamp for The Railway Prince Hotel
HHBTM Records (for vinyl)

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