New Slang: 165 Ottoman Turks (Nathan Mongol Wells & Joshua Ray Walker)
By Thomas Mooney, March 01, 2021
“On Episode 165, I’m joined by Nathan Mongol Wells and Joshua Ray Walker of country garage rock outfit Ottoman Turks. The Dallas-based country punkers are releasing their sophomore album, the aptly titled Ottoman Turks II, this Friday, March 05. On their latest, they continue exploring the intersection at which honky-tonk country and dive bar punk collide. Songs like “35 to Life” are uniquely Texan as they explore the vengeful JFK plot with darkened overtones and piercing guitar riffs. Other songs like “Travelin’ Blues” and “Rootless Tree” see them offer twangy lonesome train beats while standout “Conspiracy Freak” finds the four-piece capture the panic and anxiety of a certain slice of American life.
On this one, we talk about truck stops, gas stations, some behind the scenes details of their stellar music videos “35 to Life” and “Wound Up,” creating during this past year, the highs and lows of Kings of Leon, our favorite conspiracy theories, our favorite cheap beers, and their latest full-length Ottoman Turks II. “
Read the full article and listen to Episode 165 HERE.