Michigan proto-punk legends James Williamson and Deniz Tek team up for album of raw power


James Williamson & Deniz Tek CD and LP covers

Forsythe Junior High and Pioneer High School grad Deniz Tek made his name as the leader of Australian proto-punk legends Radio Birdman.

James Williamson made his name as the guitarist for Iggy and The Stooges and was co-writer of every song on Raw Power.

But despite their shared love for search-and-destroy guitar riffs, these two Michigan music giants have never recorded together until Two to One, an 11-track album that comes out September 18.

Tek (67) and Williamson (70) sound like young guns on the album's first single, "Stable."

"It was really a lot of fun working with Deniz to make a no-frills, good old-fashioned guitar album," Williamson said in the press release. "Took me back to Raw Power and Kill City days. Deniz comes from a very similar approach to music that I do; both of us have had many years of experience in Detroit and Ann Arbor, Michigan."

"Raw Power shaped my path as a young guitar player," Tek said. "It was great to partner up with James to make this album. Everything fell into place beyond expectations -- the songs, the band, the production, and even the timing. I am very happy with it."

The album will be available digitally, CD, and on four colors of vinyl. The CD's cover is shown at the top left; the vinyl's is on the top right.

Christopher Porter is a library technician and the editor of Pulp.