Rancid would be proudâ€¦
Daniel Dart (Vocals) and Elijah Reyes (Guitar) really believe in what they’re doing, so
much so that the pair started heavily promoting Time Again and
booking shows before they had even finalized a line up. Adding a bassist
and drummer to the fold a few days before their first show didn’t
see to be an issue either, as the band received a fantastic response
from day one.
Fast forward a few years and the
band that were once referred to as “Tim Again” (a play on the fact
that Daniel sounds almost identical to his idol Tim Armstrong)
have well and truly come into their own. Yes, the obvious references
to Rancid can still be made but Time Again’s sense of
melody combined with their obvious appreciation of fast paced, So-Cal
punk has allowed the band to create a highly enjoyable record.
On first listen “Day Like This”
bears an uncanny resemblance to H2O’s “Talk Too Much”,
but the elaborate bass lines and chorus hooks have put a fresh perspective
on an old formula. “Soon It Will Be” continues in a similar vein
to the album opener, making the most of Time Again’s fondness for gang vocals and chorus harmonies. One thing is apparent
by this point and that is that this Californian four piece share more
than aesthetic similarities with Rancid… they have the same
knack for song writing which enables their hooks to be stuck in your
head for days at a time.
“One Way Or Another” is another
great tune but is fairly similar to everything we’ve heard so far
on Darker Days, however “Lines Are Faded” was a surprising
tune that I wasn’t expecting. The song’s mid tempo approach combined
with the anthem like vocals is sure to be a live favourite and I guarantee
that you’ll be humming the main riffs within minutes of hearing them.
The album’s title track is another
fast paced tune with a prominent bass run giving it a bit more of an
edge, however it’s the Tim Armstrong worshipping “Lucky” that really caught my attention… anytime someone’s
vocals sound like they’ve just knocked off a bottle of Jack
you know you’re onto a winner. “Lookin Back” is a great example
of what Time Again is capable of when they take their foot off
the accelerator for a minute. The lyrical content combined with the
song’s stripped back instrumentation makes it a stand out on an album
which doesn’t have a bad track.
Goin Down” are cool songs but they don’t really deviate from the
“let’s play fast” blueprint, and although Tim Armstrong
would be owed some royalties for “TV Static” it’s still one of
the best songs on offer!
Although Darker Days isn’t
the most original record you’re going to hear, the four members of Time Again know how to write quality punk rock songs, and in a genre
with such limited room for musical experimentation, isn’t that what
it’s all about?