Featuring Original Music By Jeff Herriott and S. Craig Zahler
(October 7, 2015– Los Angeles, CA) – Lakeshore Records will release the BONE TOMAHAWK – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on October 23, 2015. The album features the film’s original music co-composed by Jeff Herriott and the film’s writer/director S. Craig Zahler.
“Although we didn’t start working on the music until after they had finished a first cut, Craig and I spoke well before the movie was ever shot about what roles the music would and wouldn’t serve, discussing a few films as reference points,” said Herriott. “The music in BONE TOMAHAWK often accompanies long shots, rather than close-ups, primarily because Craig didn’t want the music to underscore emotion. He wanted the emotional scenes to be as direct and impactful as possible, and he thought that these scenes might be felt more intensely and honestly without music. Instead, music functioned primarily as transitional material when there was no dialogue, to set the mood or establish a scene.”
When a group of cannibal savages kidnaps settlers from the small town of Bright Hope, an unlikely team of gunslingers, led by Sheriff Franklin Hunt (Kurt Russell), sets out to bring them home. But their enemy is more ruthless than anyone could have imagined, putting their mission – and survival itself – in serious jeopardy. Kurt Russell (The Hateful Eight, Tombstone) leads an all-star cast including Patrick Wilson (Insidious), Matthew Fox (Lost) and Richard Jenkins (The Visitor) in this gritty, action-packed thriller chronicling a terrifying rescue mission in the Old West.
“Craig wanted to use instruments that existed during the time period of the narrative, so that meant no electronic sounds,” Herriott explained. “He decided early on that the sound world would consist primarily of stringed instruments, and we ultimately went with a somewhat lush string quartet for about half of the cues. For some of the more atmospheric cues, we considered bari saxophone and some other winds, but we wanted to make sure nothing even sounded electronic, so that meant we would need to stay away from extended techniques like multiphonics. We ultimately used percussion, voices, and strings for most of that material.”
ABOUT JEFF HERRIOTT
Versatile composer Jeff Herriott is equally comfortable and experienced in a range of musical settings, including contemporary classical music, indie rock, heavy metal, and experimental electronic projects. BONE TOMAHAWK is his first film score.
Recipient of commissions from the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, the MATA Festival, and the American Composers Forum, Herriott has had his classical works performed by leading soloists and ensembles across four continents. His music, which often includes interaction between live performers and electronic sounds, has been described as “colorful…darkly atmospheric” (New York Times), “hypnotic” (mainlypiano.com), and “incredibly soft, beautiful, and delicate” (Computer Music Journal). His works are released on the Albany, Innova, New Tertian, SEAMUS, SoundSet, and UKM2 labels.
Herriott’s work in popular and contemporary forms has primarily take shape with the sleepy rock band Bell Monks, whose 2012 album Let the Waves Carry Us (Mine All Mine Records), was named one of Madison’s 10 best and most ambitious of the year (madison.com), and the metal outfit Realmbuilder, whose three albums have been released through Sweden’s I Hate Records. Herriott frequently performs experimental work as an electronic/ laptop musician and has appeared alongside a range of musicians at galleries and clubs including John Zorn’s NYC space The Stone, Spectrum NYC, Buffalo’s Hallwalls, and the Inova Gallery (Milwaukee).
Herriott is a Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, where he is the coordinator of the Media Arts and Game Development Program and teaches courses in audio, multimedia, music technology, and composition.
ABOUT S. CRAIG ZAHLER
Florida-born New Yorker S. Craig Zahler worked for many years as a cinematographer and a catering chef, while playing heavy metal and creating strange theater pieces. His debut western novel, A Congregation of Jackals, was nominated for both the Peacemaker and the Spur awards, and his western screenplay, The Brigands of Rattleborge, garnered him a three-picture deal at Warner Brothers and topped the prestigious Black List. In 2011, a horror movie that he wrote in college, Asylum Blackout (aka The Incident), was made and picked up by IFC Films after a couple of people fainted at its Toronto premiere.
As drummer, lyricist, and co-songwriter, Zahler makes music with his doomy epic metal band Realmbuilder, which is signed to I Hate Records (Sweden). This followed his foray in black metal with the project Charnel Valley (whose two albums were released by Paragon Records).
Zahler’s uncommonly nasty horror western novel Wraiths of the Broken Land came out 2013. The following year saw the release of his transhuman science fiction novel Corpus Chrome, Inc., the publication by St. Martin’s Press of his crime novel, Mean Business on North Ganson Street, and the twenty-one day shoot of his directorial debut, Bone Tomahawk.
Caliber Media and the Fyzz Facility present BONE TOMAHAWK in select U.S. theaters on October 23rd via RLJ Entertainment. The BONE TOMAHAWK – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will be available digitally October 23, 2015.