Popkomm showcase profile: Tuco’s Lounge

Rock noir from Norway’s west-coast is set to bring a dose of tumbleweed, cactus, low-slung Colts and more than a few shots of Tequila to the German capital in the form of Tuco’s Lounge.


Tuco's Lounge (photo: Paul Bernhard)

2005 marks Tuco’s fourth year in action; four years of domestic touring, two acclaimed EPs and an album that’s been greeted with strong reviews in the domestic press. Now, the collective is set to play their first German gig with their upcoming Popkomm showcase.

With Tarantinoesque twangy guitars, epic tales and a well developed fascination for south-western USA, Tuco’s Lounge have their boots firmly planted in desert gravel. Track titles such as Mexican Standoff and Sheriff reveal the band’s fascination for wide open desert landscapes, classic western eposes, six-shooters and the lone hero. It is tempting to draw comparisons to such central US bands as Sixteen Horsepower, giant Sand, Calexico and Thin White Rope, but with their origins on the Norwegian west-coast, Tuco’s Lounge have come up with their very own form of Spaghetti-rock noir that set them apart from their peers across the Atlantic. Although, it’s a long way from Tucson to Bergen, Tuco’s Lounge manage to conjure up images of sun-burnt landscapes, cactuses and low-slung single-action Colts – no mean feat.

Throughout their career, Tuco’s Lounge have been highly active on their home turf, playing countless gigs across the country and have to date released one single; ‘Bounty’, two EPs; ‘Mexican Standoff’ and ‘Tuco’s Lounge’ as well as their debut album ‘Wide Load’ – released earlier this year to wide critical acclaim.

Tuco’s Lounge play the Club 23 at the Popkomm Festival Centre, the Kulturbräuerei. Their set starts at 11:00pm.

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