|Photo by Samm Scho
It's no mystery that I'm a huge fan of Tysk Tysk Task. I've been watching the band evolve over roughly four years now, so when the opportunity to premier their new single came up, I enthusiastically agreed. What makes the chance even better is just how great "Intolerable" is. The new song takes everything we loved about 2022's You're Sorry More and somehow expands on it. For the first time TTT has two guitars, and "Intolerable" takes the crushing blow of Samantha Hartsel's guitar and blends it with the warm embrace of Rick Martel's more shoegaze inspired guitar to create this lush expanse of a song. This new track might not have the sheer force and aggression of the previous album, but it's no less intense. Plus, Hartsel's vocals have never sounded better. They have more of a trip hop feel to them than indie rock, so it's almost like Portishead and Massive Attack filtered through The Jesus Lizard and My Bloody Valentine. "Intolerable" takes all of these elements and comes out as Tysk Tysk Task's most accessible song yet. As much as I loved You're Sorry More, it's a niche album. "Intolerable" is going to appeal to a much wider audience without the band watering anything down.
I also had the chance to ask Samantha Hartsel and Rick Martel some questions via email. You can find "Intolerable" below the interview. For more on Tysk Tysk Task, check out the band on Facebook and Instagram. You can see them on January 6 at New World Tavern in Plymouth, MA, January 13 at Hawks and Reed in Greenfield, and April 26 and 27 at The Town and the City Festival throughout downtown Lowell.