Latest Detroit act signed to Third Man? Art-punkers Timmy's Organism!

You probably know by now that Metro Times absolutely totally adores Timmy Lampinen, AKA Timmy Vulgar. So, we are stoked to learn this week that his space-glam-punk trio Timmy's Organism has signed to Jack White's label Third Man. This came as less of a surprise than the news that Wolf Eyes have signed to the label; after all, Timmy's exceptional band Clone Defects were brought on the road by White Stripes to open for them when they first hit it big.

Like the Wolf Eyes record, the new LP Heartless Heathen (recorded at the infamous United Sound Systems!) will be released on October 30. I wonder if that might also be the date slated for the Third Man shoppe in Cass Corridor to open up? anyway, here is the full press release
New LP from Timmy's Organism + Single Premiere

A new single and an LP on the way from the hardest working punk in show business.

"Timmy Vulgar, Detroit’s favorite son, and most ambitiously amphibious creative force doesn’t need much of an introduction to anyone familiar with subversive punk music over the past decade and a half. He’s been such an irreplaceable figure in each of his musical endeavors since his emergence in such legendary acts such as the Epileptix and Clone Defects back in the late 1990s, right up through his shape-shifting efforts in the mollusk-like Human Eye and the prog-soaked Reptile Forcefield, and straight into his latest nerve-numbing scatterbomb known simply as Timmy’s Organism.” — Todd Killings, Hozac Records

How can KURT VILE fans sleep at night knowing that this fucking guy is out there, ruling the universe? Seriously, Timmy Vulgar - makes everyone else look like a fucking joke. — Mitch Cardwell, Maximum Rock'n'Roll

Couldn't have said it better ourselves, Todd and Mitch. Working with Timmy Vulgar and his outfit Timmy's Organism means yet another dream come true for Third Man Records. Fronting some of the most original, compelling and unpredictable bands (not only in Detroit, but the world) for over two decades, Tim Lampinen’s work with the Epileptix, Clone Defects, and Human Eye has always held a rapturous cult following. Yet his work with his current trio, Timmy’s Organism, presents Lampinen (aka Timmy Vulgar) along with bassist Jeff Giant and drummer Blake “Bovver” Hill, ready for their close-up. With Heartless Heathen the group touches on their artistic and spiritual forbears of Captain Beefheart and Destroy All Monsters, while amply ramping up the slop culture rapture of classic punk 'n' roll like Chrome, Crime, and the Damned as well as contemporaries like Thee Oh Sees. There’s a reason why Lampinen won a $25,000 Kresge Grant for his work with his bands… he creates music that borders on art, live shows that border on theater. It’s high time the rest of the world take notice. Are you ready?

You better be, because the first single "Get Up, Get Out" b/w "The Thrill Is Gone" is available for pre-order TODAY, and you can preview the track at Stereogum. The full-length LP HEARTLESS HEATHEN will be released October 30th. Why does that date sound familiar? Must be because this time last week, we announced the new record from Wolf Eyes (I Am A Problem: Mind in Pieces) out on the same day. You can pre-order the singles from both Timmy's Organism and Wolf Eyes here.

Heartless Heathen Tracklist:
1. Get Up, Get Out
2. Heartless Heathen
3. Please Don't Be Going
4. Mental Boy
5. Wicked Man
6. Back In The Dungeon
7. Weather Woman
8. My Angel Above
9. Hey Eddie
10. Wounded White Dove

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Metro Times music editor Mike McGonigal has written about music since 1984, when he started the fanzine Chemical Imbalance at age sixteen with money saved from mowing lawns in Florida. He's since written for Spin, Pitchfork, the Village VOICE and Artforum. He's been a museum guard, a financial reporter, a bicycle...
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