Times New Viking: Try Harder

So, this is the second single I've posted from Times New Viking's Dancer Equired LP
Agreed that the nostalgia-for-pre-murderous-Spector is getting tiresome at this point, garage wave and anti-clarity churning out many a substitute teacher more than happy to sound ethereal, rugged and ghostly. I like garage rock and I’ve enjoyed the resurgence its enjoyed over the last ten years very much, but I’m almost begging for an era of post-progressive bands, which seems to be happening with Battles, Adebisi Shank and Empty Space Orchestra to name a few.

Having said that, though, I like Times New Viking’s “Try Harder.” Yes, it exemplifies exactly the exhausted sound I speak of.  However, if the drums need penetrate a vintage and ghostly sheen and if the vocals need be awash in reverb, at the very least the band works the riff like pulling clay apart with both hands. It has a driving element that penetrates the murk, which sort of qualifies the track as less of a lo-fi track and more of an actual garage track. Remedial Kinks, perhaps, but it sticks in your head.

Times New Viking - Try Harder from Merge Records on Vimeo.

All info, links and tour dates are courtesy of Force Field PR:

Times New Viking premieres new music video, performs live for Paste 

Catch them on tour now!!!

VIDEO: "Try Harder" (Dir. by Juliane Piecha & Ian Cook) -

VIDEO: "Paste Sessions" -

Times New Viking are currently on the road in support of their new album Dancer Equired . While in Atlanta, they invited PasteMagazine.com to visit their soundcheck and film a couple of songs including the brand new "Middle Class Drags."

Watch Times New Viking perform live at PasteMagazine.com

Also, check out the new video for "Try Harder." Directed by Juliane Piecha and Ian Cook, the "Try Harder" video features live footage and collages by Jared Phillips and his fellow Times New Viking bandmates.

Watch the new video for "Try Harder" from Dancer Equired


06/07 Austin, TX Mohawk
06/09 Sante Fe, NM Corazon
06/10 Tempe, AZ Sail Inn
06/11 San Diego, CA Casbah
06/12 Los Angles, CA The Satellite
06/14 San Francisco, CA Rickshaw Stop
06/16 Portland, OR Bunk Bar
06/21 Seattle, WA Sunset Tavern
06/22 Vancouver, BC Media Club
06/24 Calgary, AB Sled Island
06/25 Calgary, AB Sled Island
06/28 Minneapolis, MN 7th St. Entry
06/29 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
06/30 Bloomington, IN The Bishop
07/01 Columbus, OH Wexner Center for the Arts
07/22 Pittsburgh, PA The Warhol
07/23 Brooklyn, NY Prospect Park / Celebrate Brooklyn (FREE) ^
07/24 Albany, NY Valentines

^ = w/ The Feelies, Real Estate

Times New Viking
Dancer Equired
Street Date: April 26, 2011

MySpace - http://www.myspace.com/timesnewviking

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