Dancer Equired

Times New Viking

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MRG418 | Release Date 2011

Contrary to popular belief, the members of Times New Viking are not art school dropouts; they’re art school graduates. And rather than follow the path of stuffy galleries and regular unemployment, they chose to start a band. Times New Viking, consisting of Beth Murphy on keyboards/vocals, Adam Elliott on drums/vocals, and Jared Phillips on guitar, began inconspicuously in 2003 when it was particularly out of vogue to do it yourself. From their first noise-crusted basement tapes that coaxed Siltbreeze Records founder Tom Lax from retirement to indie-elite Matador Records, Times New Viking’s star rose while they still sounded like the best Messthetics one-off you always wanted to keep to yourself.

Dancer Equired, the band’s first album for Merge, is a return to the hive, even if the record’s creation was out of their usual boundaries. It should be known that for the first time, the trio escaped to a studio, namely Columbus Discount Recording and the famed Musicol, during the summer of violence. With the help of Adam Smith and Dustin White, Times New Viking recorded and produced an album sounds like a mellow night out. Though it abandons the pissy histrionics of the past, the record retains the loud, brash, mammoth guitars but also magnifies the bright, beautiful traits the band has nurtured since the beginning. Dancer Equired is a new chapter, sure to attract an entirely new audience of intrigued listeners while keeping old Times New Viking fans perfectly satiated by not abandoning those early ideals. Rip it up and start again.

Track/Song Title Duration Price MP3 Track
Play It's a Culture 02:23 $0.99 Buy
Play Ever Falling in Love 02:36 $0.99 Buy
Play No Room to Live 02:20 $0.99 Buy
Play Try Harder 01:59 $0.99 Buy
Play California Roll 01:38 $0.99 Buy
Play Ways to Go 02:29 $0.99 Buy
Play New Vertical Dwellings 01:09 $0.99 Buy
Play Downtown Eastern Bloc 03:38 $0.99 Buy
Play More Rumours 02:00 $0.99 Buy
Play Don't Go to Liverpool 01:52 $0.99 Buy
Play Fuck Her Tears 02:08 $0.99 Buy
Play Want to Exist 03:01 $0.99 Buy
Play Somebody's Slave 02:45 $0.99 Buy
Play No Good 01:40 $0.99 Buy

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