Tweaker – 2am Wakeup Call

Tweaker is the new incarnation of Chris Vrenna, a project that began with the album ‘The Attraction To All Things Certain’ after Chris parted company with Nine Inch Nails. ‘2am Wakeup Call’ took its inspiration from Chris’s wife; her insomnia caused her to awake at 2am every night. Chris began, unavoidably, to share in her insomnia. Working with Clint Walsh (The Motels/The Dwarves/Juliette Lewis’ new band) as well as a series of guest vocalists; these include Will Oldham (Palace Brothers/Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy), David Sylvian (Japan), Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen) and Robert Smith (The Cure). Each of them have crafted lyrics around insomnia and dreams.


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Given the subject matter, it is hardly a shock that there are dark overtones running in rich veins through this album. The music is a rich and theatrical combination of grinding guitars and electronica that glide between gentle dream-like floating and stressed and demonic guitars. While not being your typical bright summer fare, and Chris himself says that this is definitely a night time record, the album does sound great.

European tour dates are to be announced shortly.


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Label : Gut Records

Release Date : 12 July 2004

Website : www.tweaker.net

Tracklisting

  • Ruby (feat. Will Oldham)
  • Cauterized
  • Worse Than Yesterday (feat. Mellowdrone)
  • Truth Is (feat. Robert Smith)
  • Remorseless
  • Pure Genius (feat. David Sylvian)
  • It’s Still Happening (feat. Hamilton Leithauser)
  • 2 a.m.
  • Movement Of Fear
  • Sleepwalking (feat. Nick Young)
  • The House I grew Up In (feat. Johnny Marr)
  • Crude Sunlight (feat. Jennifer Charles)


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