Americana-inspired metal with a punk edge might not be the first thing you affiliate with southern Connecticut, but such is the daily bread of Turkey Vulture. A band named for a majestic if reviled scavenger, this hard hitting duo is out for blood. They fuse the sounds of Motorhead with Social Distortion by way of The White Stripes and even Dolly Parton. Belting out anthems that protest the suffering of our modern age, Turkey Vulture is New England's latest punk rock hope.
The band is preparing to release their debut EP, Boxer: a two song affair recorded by frontwoman Jessie May’s Owl Maker bandmate Simon Tuozzoli at his studio UP Recording. The title track is an Animal Farm-inspired cry for economic justice, railing against the 1%. The second, perhaps far more unexpected offering, is a gritty punk tribute to Dolly Parton’s classic "Jolene." There is a universal sort of power to the folk rock backbone of the band, and it is rooted in May’s decade-plus playing upright bass in local folk acts. When it’s driven forward by the chaotic and at times terrifying drumming of her bandmate and fiancé, Jim Clegg, the band is able to tap into something wholly their own.
While May and Clegg have been playing music together for over ten years, it was only recently that they got engaged. This project combines not only the power of their personal relationship but also their standing as scene veterans. Clegg, who has a background in art and graphic design, provides Turkey Vulture's artwork; the compositions themselves are a mutual affair. The band is preparing to drop the EP in June with an extended follow-up later this summer. Then they hope to take their blend of sounds all around New England, driving their love for music and hatred for systematic oppression to brave new heights.
Boxer will be available in digital and CD formats on June 28th, 2019. Pre-order here: https://turkeyvulture.bandcamp.com/album/boxer