That Fucking Tank is Andy Abbott and James Islip. They have been playing music together since pre-teenhood when they met at school in 1991.
Tank was formed in Leeds as a one-off performance utilising some novelty equipment – a baritone guitar tuned to play bass and guitar lines simultaneously through two amps, and a minimal drum set – which kept on going.
Since its conception Andy and James have used That Fucking Tank as a vehicle to practice and endorse the DIY ethos; booking their own tours, and playing in nearly every conceivable city and backwater in the UK whilst holding down jobs and extra-musical commitments. Half of ‘Tanknology’ is recorded by the band themselves using small rehearsal spaces and bedrooms with four of the leading tracks recorded in Liverpool by long-term recording partner Rob Whiteley in a day-long session. Tanknology is, as such, a more accessible and ‘colourful’ record than the pair’s previous output but one that embodies the integrity, self-assuredness and love of Springsteen that comes with age and has you involuntarily shouting ‘Alright now!’ like Reef’s Gary Stringer throughout.
Listen here for frees but BUY IT!
Seriously worth staying on your playlists.
I would love to see these guys live soon, but in the meantime this album will just be cranked to high heaven for another few months.
Yet to leave my ears.