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Rip It Off

  • 1. Teen Drama
    2. (My Head)
    3. Rip Allegory
    4. Wait, The
    5. Drop-Out
    6. Come Together
    7. Faces on Fire
    8. Relevant: Now
    9. Early 80's, The
    10. Mean God
    11. Another Day
    12. Apt., The
    13. Off the Wall
    14. End of All Things
    15. Times New Viking vs. Yo la Tengo
    16. Post Teen Drama
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): OLE-2602V

  • Credits

    Lo-fi noise punks Time New Viking debuted on Matador Records in early 2008 with their third album, RIP IT OFF. While the band made no attempt to clean up their sound, remaining wonderfully hiss-filled and static-laden, they continued to sharpen their songwriting, with Beth Murphy's keyboards and vocals taking on an increased role. First single "My Head," "Drop Out," and even album opener "Teen Drama," stripped of the sonic gunk, are infectious pop tunes by any standard. Those stand-outs, among a host of other excellent songs, wonderfully display the band's minimalist style, primitive sonic approach, and anthemic lyrical content; and speak to the giddiness of youth, the power of art for art's sake, and the pure joy of music-making.

  • Critic Reviews
    Uncut (p.111) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Times New Viking play guitars that clang like a metal bath and microphones which coat everything in abrasive fuzz..."
    The Wire (p.61) - "This trio from Columbus, Ohio, sizzle and spit with riveting, raw energy....The group sound defiant and unconcerned with how they're likely to be perceived, arbiters of their own cool, both gloriously cheap-sounding and fiercely self-possessed."
    Blender (Magazine) (p.102) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "This rambunctious Columbus, Ohio, trio love the relatively recent golden age of Guided By Voices's and Pavement's artfully skuzzy early singles, searching for the candy center in music that is sweet beneath blasts of static."
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