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Bad Timing [Grand Mal]


  • 1. 1st Round K.O.
    2. Bad Timing
    3. Quicksilver
    4. Old Fashioned
    5. Disaster Film
    6. Duty Free
    7. Get Lost
    8. Flowin' Tide
    9. Black Aura
    10. Lay Right Down
    11. Steal It Back
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 00029

  • Credits
    ProducerDave Fridmann
    EngineerDave Fridmann

    Grand Mal: Bill Whitten (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Steve Borgerding (guitar, bass, keyboards); Dave Fridman (piano, bass); Jonathan Toubin (keyboards, bass); Parker Kindred (drums, percussion, background vocals).
    Additional personnel: J. Russo (guitar); Steven Drozd (slide guitar, piano, Mellotron, organ); Reno Bo (slide guitar, background vocals); James Beaudreau (slide guitar); Suzanne Thorpe (flute); Justin Russo (Hammond B-3 organ); Carmen Quinones, Christina Calph (background vocals).
    Recorded at Tarbox Road Studios, Cassadaga, New York between October 2001 & May 2002.
    For Grand Mal's third full-length, Bad Timing, the band works with its rock & roll strut and campy appeal for a divine garage rock romp. It's obvious that these New York City boys worship the sexy rule of 1970s rock gods -- David Bowie, Mick Jagger, MC5 -- but they're not entirely consumed by such an image either. Grand Mal is strict in defining its own brand of rock & roll on this record, and producer Dave Fridmann (the Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, Mogwai) keeps Grand Mal in line. While B.R.M.C. turns up the amp all the way, Grand Mal sticks to a lower volume to allow Bad Timing to simply arrive. Songs like "Old Fashioned" and "1st Round K.O. offer a subtle swagger, whereas "Get Lost" and the gospel-tinged "Black Aura" tame the band's ambitious playing style for something more inviting. Grand Mal isn't going for anything bombastic with Bad Timing, but it's a good dose, a healthy spoonful of new millennium indie rock. ~ MacKenzie Wilson

  • Critic Reviews
    Uncut (3/03, p.98) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...A raucous, righteous paean to the mythological decadence of their hometown....It's their dirty, lowdown rock pastiches that truly score..."
    Mojo (Publisher) (3/03, p.109) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Tarry guitars with surprisingly poignant lyrics of good times gone bad....It rings seductively true..."
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