By John Kerecz
Camp Hill, PA-based Tukurpa has a flair for original music with a classic rock structure. From heavenly ballads to a heavy metal crunch, this band entertains with hauntingly familiar melodic tunes, cleverly combined with feet stomping, head banging, jam explosions, and delivered with a ready-to-go stage show.
They seek to offer a divine dose of something you might call "classic-rock-plus." It's rooted in a traditional classic feel, but the band has the musical smarts to keep it from feeling routine.
Tukurpa's name comes from a Hopi Indian word meaning, "Eternal Dream World." It's a collective goal of Tukurpa to create music that can be enjoyed universally, they say. They hope to reach the whole world with their positive message, and bring the love of music back to the soul.
Their single, "Mayhem," has broken into New Zealand's top 40. It's a fast-paced song with raw strength, and shows that the band can play loose but stay tight at the same time. You can feel the fun they're having on this track, and everyone from the band gets a few licks in for good measure.
If there's an Achilles heel to their style, it's their gamble that the standard approach is both stale and stalled. Too much experimenting and they risk rejecting their base. Not enough and they'll be accused of playing it safe.
Some of the bands influences: Poison, The Beatles, Sir Paul Mccartney, Metallica, Megadeth, Motley Crue, Plain White T's, Dokken, And Disturbed.