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Timekode
Live EP

The 80’s looking picture that accompanies this CD does not fill me with confidence. I’m thinking Van Halen-esque female fronted band and frankly, this thought terrifies me. Thankfully, I’m wrong in that assumption.

Timekode seem to be singing from the same hymn sheet as the Long Blondes, but Timekode are in a gospel church as opposed to a Catholic church (this is strictly analogous – its not Christian rock!). It’s got an 80s, Billy Idol-like bounce (and in some places sounds strangely like a female fronted Queen) but these songs have something altogether different. The singer’s voice is amazingly distinctive, even under the veil of effects that have been used to make the music sound somehow old and, though this can sometimes work against a band, it doesn’t seem to be holding Timekode back.

As for the music itself, I keep finding myself picturing Dire Strait’s ‘Money For Nothing’ video, especially when listening to final track ‘In Trouble’. Synths and muted guitars take the sound back about 20 years, while the lyrics are catchy despite being less than revolutionary (‘I’m in love with my gun and I shoot it for fun, oh my gun’).

My main concern for this band is that their sound isn’t obviously popular and is so different to most other bands that any popularity they enjoy will be fleeting. This, unfortunately, is the nature of anything novel and Timekode are definitely a novel band.

Guest article from Heather P.

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