Sun Dance (song)

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For the song by Gov't Mule, see The Deep End, Volume 2.
"Sun Dance"
Single by Tomahawk
from the album Anonymous
Released June 12, 2007
Format Digital Download
Recorded Unknown
Genre Experimental rock, traditional
Length 5:10
Label Ipecac Recordings
Writer(s) Mike Patton/Duane Denison/John Stanier/Unknown Native Americans
Producer(s) Mike Patton/Tomahawk

"Sun Dance" is a song by Tomahawk from their 2007 album, Anonymous. It is the ninth song on the album and it was released as a digital download single in iTunes. The song is influenced by traditional tribal songs that were sung by Native Americans during the Sun Dance celebration. The B-side, "El Tecolote", is an instrumental piece. Unlike most of the album tracks of Anonymous, which incorporate hard rock or experimental elements into their interpretation, "El Tecolote" seems to be a straightforward rendition of the source material.

Sun Dance's lyrics feature only a chorus and chanting. The main body of the song that includes the chanting is very low and creepy,[citation needed] whereas the chorus is heavy metal, featuring distorted vocals, similar to the style of Mr. Bungle, one of Mike Patton's other bands.

El Tecolote is a small town on the Mexican coast, and the song is thought to represent the atmosphere of that place.

The single cover does not feature the name Sun Dance; however, it does mimic an old Wild West wanted poster, stating the band, their names, and a reward of 10,000,000 dollars.

Track list[edit]

iTunes Single

  1. "Sun Dance" – 3:02
  2. "El Tecolote" – 2:08

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