JUNE 7TH: TIMES NEW VIKING
Tuesday June 7th, 2011.
Times New Viking + Daniel Francis Doyle + The Sour Notes
Presented By Transmission Entertainment.
$10 Advance ($12 Day of Show). Doors @ 6:30pm.
"The intriguing thing about an EP from a band like Times New Viking is that Times New Viking has such a singular, muddy, disgusting sound based around the same three instruments and the same yelling unmelodic vocals that it would be easy for them to paint themselves into a corner. While the Columbus, Ohio act’s two albums up until this point, Present the Paisley Reich and Rip It Off, the latter of which came out earlier this year, distinguished them as an up-and-coming lo-fi act that could blow the speakers out on your car and keep the energy high, the rambling, somewhat haphazard nature of the trio made them seem destined to run out of good ideas. The upshot of this is that all of their music has had a tendency to blur together, and while Stay Awake adds a few nice tracks to their resume, and sees them expanding their sonic pallet a bit, they are still, for better or for worse, fundamentally the same act they’ve always been. But that, despite the worries, is not a bad thing.
At its root, Stay Awake is a fuzzed out mess, and it’s difficult to figure if what Times New Viking is doing makes any sense—after all, it’s impossible not to wonder whether they would be “better” if they stopped recording on such shitty equipment. But tracks such as “Call and Respond” and “No Sympathy” are no less than excellent at doing what the band does best, and demonstrate that their towing the party line can result in some pretty excellent rockers. So while Times New Viking hasn’t received the same measure of nationwide acclaim that other, similarly fuzzed out bands have found—perhaps also due to what appears to be a hesitance to distinguish themselves as individuals and appoint a true face for the band—they’ve shown that staying the course is, for now at least, a pretty solid decision." - http://www.transmissionentertainment.com/entry/hotoffthepress15crystalstiltstimesnew_viking/