Tomahawk’s Duane Denison: “There’s a political statement to be made in the whole concept of a band”

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Few words wield as much diverse excitement and whimsy as ‘tomahawk’ – all at once it refers to one of the coolest types of axe ever crafted, the juiciest cut of bone-in steak you’ll ever sink your teeth into, a wonderful little town in rural Tasmania, and the best avant-garde prog-metal supergroup to ever walk this big blue marble. One of the many deliriously dynamic projects led by experimental rockaholic Mike Patton, the quartet are known for tight, ear-rattling riffs, unashamed genre-pending and a collective identity that never takes itself too seriously, but always knows when to dial in the attitude.

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Ellie Robinson
Editor-at-Large, Australian Guitar Magazine

Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Her bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (where she also serves as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Her go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, she only picked up after she'd joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped her see the light…