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Rip It Off

Times New Viking

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With 16 tracks in 31 minutes (only one track exceeding the three-minute mark) Columbus, Ohio’s lo-fi trio Times New Viking keep to their short, sweet, hit-n-run approach for their third album, 2008’s Rip It Off. Their deliberately raw sound creates an alluring blur of harsh distorted guitars and crunchy, deafening keyboard riffs with drums so deeply buried they’re more felt than heard. Amongst this avalanche of sound, genuine tunes poke through. No one’s going to confuse “(My Head)” or “The Wait” for Top 40 hit singles, but for a generation brought up on the anarchic chaos of Swell Maps, early Pavement, Guided by Voices, Royal Trux and other champions of unrefined noise and pop, Rip It Off, like its predecessors, 2005’s Dig Yourself and 2007’s Present The Paisley Reich, delivers a satisfying whirlwind. Garage rock roots poke through, but sometimes it’s the malicious pounding of a single note that makes the greatest impact, as “Relevant: Now” (the three and a half-minute epic here) proves with its relentless grind. 

Customer Reviews

C'mon Pitchfork

Really, this is not listenable, its just painful. I think people say they like it is because Pitchfork gave it a good review, but the music sounds like a low bit rate mp3 recorded over a telephone.

Sweetness.

If you want to destroy your speakers with awesome-ness, buy this album.

production is perfect

If you want to hear what professional production sounds like, then listen to this. Each mic was perfectly placed in front of every amp and drum. Excellent job TNV.

Biography

Formed: 2004 in Columbus, OH

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Much like Guided by Voices, Times New Viking are a noisy, lo-fi indie rock band from Ohio who made the leap from the long-running indie Siltbreeze Records to the higher-profile Matador label. Unlike Guided by Voices, whose hissy, distortion-heavy sound masked a knack for traditional '60s-influenced pop hooks and surreal lyrical wordplay,...
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