TIMES NEW VIKING

Times New Viking
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TIMES NEW VIKING



Written by Tshepo Mokoena
28 Monday 28th February 2011

Times New Viking are Jared Phillips, Beth Murphy and Adam Elliott. You may know them as the Columbus, Ohio three-piece out to steal your heart using guitar delay covered in tape hiss and vocals drenched in reverb. Yes, this is one for fans of the DIY aesthetic that's seen a recent revival over the last few years. Less bleepy than chillwave and cooler than low-quality stoner rock, Times New Viking inject their own melancholy pop element into textured and captivating tunes. We catch up with the band as they prepare for the release of their new album, Dancer Equired.

So how did doing Dancer Equired in a studio compare to the straight-to-tape and VHS recordings of your first three records?
 
It was one of the first times we left our house to record. Thankfully Musicol was still so close, and literally untouched since the 1960s. As Dylan fanatics, it was as close as we will get to those liner note pictures.
 
What are the chances of returning to cassette on any more material you release?
 
We actually just used those same mics and boomstands to record on a four-track two days ago. The great thing about music and art is the idea of constant motion: 'If you don't like that song, here is another one'.
 
 
What's the most ridiculous genre name you've read or heard to describe TNV? And what's the most ridiculous one you could make up for us right now?
 
we actually wanted to use blog descriptions as liner notes, bloggers are hilarious with genre recognition. there have been many remarks about stormtroopers recording us via their helmet technology. I like the idea of us being popular on hoth.
 
Your music often gets compared to the likes of Pavement and Guided by Voices. How do you take on comments like that, as they're repeated by journalists and interviewers time and time again?
 
when people mention any great band, anywhere from swell maps to strapping fieldhands its an honor. we make music cause we love music. our influences I believe feel/felt the same way.
 
We see that you've changed your label representation over from the Matador 10" a while ago to Merge/Wichita. How did the new record deals come about?
 
stuff happens. We are honored to be on such great labels as wichita and merge, pop frenzy and big nothing. It was an honor to be on matador and siltbreeze and columbus discount. the sheer fact that people pay money to press our music to vinyl lets us exist. Dream come true.
 
What's your songwriting process like? Do you find yourselves crafting most songs similarly from one stage to the next?
 
Songwriting is complete collaboration. We started writing songs together for that reason. 300% creative control. We all have 100% say. No individuals.
 
What inspires your lyrics? 
 
Repetition, normal things. I think we like to talk about the grandeur of mundane existence. simple words from complicated people.
 
Which do you think has been your favourite show to play over the last year? Why does it stand out? And if one in particular doesn't stand out, why do you think that's the case?
 
obviously playing with gbv has to top anything. unreal. but I have to add experiencing the raincoats and omar souleyman in one night in england and finishing the evening on a british beach tops almost anything.
 
The new record's out in a couple of months. What about its release are you most excited about? What are you most nervous about?
 
 
Great to see you're coming back to play some European shows in April and May. Which cities have become your favourites to play since you first hit these shores three years ago?
 
We love the entire united kingdom and europe. I feel like we get on just right in the industrial or smaller towns. Some midwest affinity I think. I would like to give shout outs to norwich, york and glasgow especially. London makes us feel like the hillbillys we are, but in a good way. In europe proper, hello to basque country and portugal.
 
When will you be releasing the Times New Viking typeface, much to the joy of all your artsy typography-loving fans? Have you been approached about it a lot already?
 
We have the font/fonts ready. The problem is its specific to letterpress which are few and far between.
 
Finally, do you really think Liverpool is nasty and trash-fantastic?
 
Not trash fantastic. you know there is a liverpool ohio. It is just as awful. ;)we actually wanted to use blog descriptions as liner notes, bloggers are hilarious with genre recognition. there have been many remarks about stormtroopers recording us via their helmet technology. I like the idea of us being popular on hoth.
 
Your music often gets compared to the likes of Pavement and Guided by Voices. How do you take on comments like that, as they're repeated by journalists and interviewers time and time again?
 
when people mention any great band, anywhere from swell maps to strapping fieldhands its an honor. we make music cause we love music. our influences I believe feel/felt the same way.
 
We see that you've changed your label representation over from the Matador 10" a while ago to Merge/Wichita. How did the new record deals come about?
 
stuff happens. We are honored to be on such great labels as wichita and merge, pop frenzy and big nothing. It was an honor to be on matador and siltbreeze and columbus discount. the sheer fact that people pay money to press our music to vinyl lets us exist. Dream come true.
 
What's your songwriting process like? Do you find yourselves crafting most songs similarly from one stage to the next?
 
Songwriting is complete collaboration. We started writing songs together for that reason. 300% creative control. We all have 100% say. No individuals.
 
What inspires your lyrics? 
 
Repetition, normal things. I think we like to talk about the grandeur of mundane existence. simple words from complicated people.
 
Which do you think has been your favourite show to play over the last year? Why does it stand out? And if one in particular doesn't stand out, why do you think that's the case?
 
obviously playing with gbv has to top anything. unreal. but I have to add experiencing the raincoats and omar souleyman in one night in england and finishing the evening on a british beach tops almost anything.
 
The new record's out in a couple of months. What about its release are you most excited about? What are you most nervous about?
 
 
Great to see you're coming back to play some European shows in April and May. Which cities have become your favourites to play since you first hit these shores three years ago?
 
We love the entire united kingdom and europe. I feel like we get on just right in the industrial or smaller towns. Some midwest affinity I think. I would like to give shout outs to norwich, york and glasgow especially. London makes us feel like the hillbillys we are, but in a good way. In europe proper, hello to basque country and portugal.
 
When will you be releasing the Times New Viking typeface, much to the joy of all your artsy typography-loving fans? Have you been approached about it a lot already?
 
We have the font/fonts ready. The problem is its specific to letterpress which are few and far between.
 
Finally, do you really think Liverpool is nasty and trash-fantastic?
 
Not trash fantastic. you know there is a liverpool ohio. It is just as awful. ;)we actually wanted to use blog descriptions as liner notes, bloggers are hilarious with genre recognition. there have been many remarks about stormtroopers recording us via their helmet technology. I like the idea of us being popular on hoth.
We actually wanted to use blog descriptions as liner notes; bloggers are hilarious with genre recognition. There have been many remarks about stormtroopers recording us via their helmet technology. I like the idea of us being popular on Hoth.
 
Your music often gets compared to the likes of Pavement and Guided by Voices. How do you take on comments like that, as they're repeated by journalists and interviewers time and time again?
 
When people mention any great band, anywhere from Swell Maps to Strapping Fieldhands, it's an honour. We make music cause we love music. Our influences I believe feel/felt the same way.
 
 
We see that you've changed your label representation over from the Matador 10" a while ago to Merge/Wichita. How did the new record deals come about?
 
Stuff happens. We are honoured to be on such great labels as Wichita and Merge, Pop Frenzy and Big Nothing. It was an honour to be on Matador and Siltbreeze and Columbus Discount. The sheer fact that people pay money to press our music to vinyl lets us exist. Dream come true.
 
What's your songwriting process like? Do you find yourselves crafting most songs similarly from one stage to the next?
 
Songwriting is a complete collaboration. We started writing songs together for that reason. 300% creative control. We all have 100% say. No individuals.
 
What inspires your lyrics? 
 
Repetition, normal things. I think we like to talk about the grandeur of mundane existence. Simple words from complicated people.
 
 
Which do you think has been your favourite show to play over the last year? Why does it stand out? And if one in particular doesn't stand out, why do you think that's the case?
 
Obviously playing with Guided By Voices has to top anything. Unreal. But I have to add experiencing The Raincoats and Omar Souleyman in one night in England and finishing the evening on a British beach tops almost anything.
 
Great to see you're coming back to play some European shows in April and May. Which cities have become your favourites to play since you first hit these shores three years ago?
 
We love the entire United Kingdom and Europe. I feel like we get on just right in the industrial or smaller towns - some midwest affinity I think. I would like to give shout outs to Norwich, York and Glasgow especially. London makes us feel like the hillbillys we are, but in a good way. In Europe proper, hello to Basque country and Portugal.
 
 
When will you be releasing the Times New Viking typeface, much to the joy of all your artsy typography-loving fans? Have you been approached about it a lot already?
 
We have the font/fonts ready. The problem is it's specific to Letterpress, which are few and far between.
 
Finally, do you really think Liverpool is 'nasty and trash-fantastic'?
 
Not trash fantastic. You know, there is a Liverpool in Ohio. It is just as awful. ;)
 
Times New Viking's Dancer Equired is out on April 25, 2011 via Wichita Recordings and Merge Records. To see more from the band, check out their Myspace and blog.
we actually wanted to use blog descriptions as liner notes, bloggers are hilarious with genre recognition. there have been many remarks about stormtroopers recording us via their helmet technology. I like the idea of us being popular on hoth.
 
Your music often gets compared to the likes of Pavement and Guided by Voices. How do you take on comments like that, as they're repeated by journalists and interviewers time and time again?
 
when people mention any great band, anywhere from swell maps to strapping fieldhands its an honor. we make music cause we love music. our influences I believe feel/felt the same way.
 
We see that you've changed your label representation over from the Matador 10" a while ago to Merge/Wichita. How did the new record deals come about?
 
stuff happens. We are honored to be on such great labels as wichita and merge, pop frenzy and big nothing. It was an honor to be on matador and siltbreeze and columbus discount. the sheer fact that people pay money to press our music to vinyl lets us exist. Dream come true.
 
What's your songwriting process like? Do you find yourselves crafting most songs similarly from one stage to the next?
 
Songwriting is complete collaboration. We started writing songs together for that reason. 300% creative control. We all have 100% say. No individuals.
 
What inspires your lyrics? 
 
Repetition, normal things. I think we like to talk about the grandeur of mundane existence. simple words from complicated people.
 
Which do you think has been your favourite show to play over the last year? Why does it stand out? And if one in particular doesn't stand out, why do you think that's the case?
 
obviously playing with gbv has to top anything. unreal. but I have to add experiencing the raincoats and omar souleyman in one night in england and finishing the evening on a british beach tops almost anything.
 
The new record's out in a couple of months. What about its release are you most excited about? What are you most nervous about?
 
 
Great to see you're coming back to play some European shows in April and May. Which cities have become your favourites to play since you first hit these shores three years ago?
 
We love the entire united kingdom and europe. I feel like we get on just right in the industrial or smaller towns. Some midwest affinity I think. I would like to give shout outs to norwich, york and glasgow especially. London makes us feel like the hillbillys we are, but in a good way. In europe proper, hello to basque country and portugal.
 
When will you be releasing the Times New Viking typeface, much to the joy of all your artsy typography-loving fans? Have you been approached about it a lot already?
 
We have the font/fonts ready. The problem is its specific to letterpress which are few and far between.
 
Finally, do you really think Liverpool is nasty and trash-fantastic?
 
Not trash fantastic. you know there is a liverpool ohio. It is just as awful. ;)
 
we actually wanted to use blog descriptions as liner notes, bloggers are hilarious with genre recognition. there have been many remarks about stormtroopers recording us via their helmet technology. I like the idea of us being popular on hoth.
 
Your music often gets compared to the likes of Pavement and Guided by Voices. How do you take on comments like that, as they're repeated by journalists and interviewers time and time again?
 
when people mention any great band, anywhere from swell maps to strapping fieldhands its an honor. we make music cause we love music. our influences I believe feel/felt the same way.
 
We see that you've changed your label representation over from the Matador 10" a while ago to Merge/Wichita. How did the new record deals come about?
 
stuff happens. We are honored to be on such great labels as wichita and merge, pop frenzy and big nothing. It was an honor to be on matador and siltbreeze and columbus discount. the sheer fact that people pay money to press our music to vinyl lets us exist. Dream come true.
 
What's your songwriting process like? Do you find yourselves crafting most songs similarly from one stage to the next?
 
Songwriting is complete collaboration. We started writing songs together for that reason. 300% creative control. We all have 100% say. No individuals.
 
What inspires your lyrics? 
 
Repetition, normal things. I think we like to talk about the grandeur of mundane existence. simple words from complicated people.
 
Which do you think has been your favourite show to play over the last year? Why does it stand out? And if one in particular doesn't stand out, why do you think that's the case?
 
obviously playing with gbv has to top anything. unreal. but I have to add experiencing the raincoats and omar souleyman in one night in england and finishing the evening on a british beach tops almost anything.
 
The new record's out in a couple of months. What about its release are you most excited about? What are you most nervous about?
 
 
Great to see you're coming back to play some European shows in April and May. Which cities have become your favourites to play since you first hit these shores three years ago?
 
We love the entire united kingdom and europe. I feel like we get on just right in the industrial or smaller towns. Some midwest affinity I think. I would like to give shout outs to norwich, york and glasgow especially. London makes us feel like the hillbillys we are, but in a good way. In europe proper, hello to basque country and portugal.
 
When will you be releasing the Times New Viking typeface, much to the joy of all your artsy typography-loving fans? Have you been approached about it a lot already?
 
We have the font/fonts ready. The problem is its specific to letterpress which are few and far between.
 
Finally, do you really think Liverpool is nasty and trash-fantastic?
 
Not trash fantastic. you know there is a liverpool ohio. It is just as awful. ;)
Finally, do you really think Liverpool is nasty and trash-fantastic?It was one of the first times we left our house to record. Thankfully Musicol was still so close, and literally untouched since the 1960s. As Dylan fanatics, it was as close as we will get to those liner note pictures.
What's the most ridiculous genre name you've read or heard to describe TNV? And what's the most ridiculous one you could make up for us right now?
Your music often gets compared to the likes of Pavement and Guided by Voices. How do you take on comments like that, as they're repeated by journalists and interviewers time and time again?
What are the chances of returning to cassette on any more material you release?
We see that you've changed your label representation over from the Matador 10" a while ago to Merge/Wichita. How did the new record deals come about?
What's your songwriting process like? Do you find yourselves crafting most songs similarly from one stage to the next?
Which do you think has been your favourite show to play over the last year? Why does it stand out? And if one in particular doesn't stand out, why do you think that's the case?
The new record's out in a couple of months. What about its release are you most excited about? What are you most nervous about?
Great to see you're coming back to play some European shows in April and May. Which cities have become your favourites to play since you first hit these shores three years ago?
What inspires your lyrics?
When will you be releasing the Times New Viking typeface, much to the joy of all your artsy typography-loving fans? Have you been approached about it a lot already?
Finally, do you really think Liverpool is nasty and trash-fantastic?New Viking are Jared Phillips, Beth Murphy and Adam Elliott. You may know them as the Columbus, Ohio three-piece out to steal your heart using guitar delay covered in tape hiss and vocals drenched in reverb. Yes, this is one for fans of the DIY aesthetic that's seen a recent revival over the last few years. Less bleepy than chillwave and cooler than low-quality stoner rock, Times New Viking inject their own melancholy pop element into textured and captivating tunes. We catch up with the band as they prepare for the release of their new album, Dancer Equired.
 
So how did doing Dancer Equired in a studio compare to the straight-to-tape and VHS recordings of your first three records?
 
It was one of the first times we left our house to record. Thankfully Musicol was still so close, and literally untouched since the 1960s. As Dylan fanatics, it was as close as we will get to those liner note pictures.
 
What's the most ridiculous genre name you've read or heard to describe TNV? And what's the most ridiculous one you could make up for us right now?
 
Your music often gets compared to the likes of Pavement and Guided by Voices. How do you take on comments like that, as they're repeated by journalists and interviewers time and time again?
 
What are the chances of returning to cassette on any more material you release?
 
We see that you've changed your label representation over from the Matador 10" a while ago to Merge/Wichita. How did the new record deals come about?
 
What's your songwriting process like? Do you find yourselves crafting most songs similarly from one stage to the next?
 
Which do you think has been your favourite show to play over the last year? Why does it stand out? And if one in particular doesn't stand out, why do you think that's the case?
 
The new record's out in a couple of months. What about its release are you most excited about? What are you most nervous about?
 
Great to see you're coming back to play some European shows in April and May. Which cities have become your favourites to play since you first hit these shores three years ago?
 
What inspires your lyrics? 
 
When will you be releasing the Times New Viking typeface, much to the joy of all your artsy typography-loving fans? Have you been approached about it a lot already?
 
Finally, do you really think Liverpool is nasty and trash-fantastic?Times New Viking are Jared Phillips, Beth Murphy and Adam Elliott. You may know them as the Columbus, Ohio three-piece out to steal your heart using guitar delay covered in tape hiss and vocals drenched in reverb. Yes, this is one for fans of the DIY aesthetic that's seen a recent revival over the last few years. Less bleepy than chillwave and cooler than low-quality stoner rock, Times New Viking inject their own melancholy pop element into textured and captivating tunes. We catch up with the band as they prepare for the release of their new album, Dancer Equired.
 
So how did doing Dancer Equired in a studio compare to the straight-to-tape and VHS recordings of your first three records?
 
It was one of the first times we left our house to record. Thankfully Musicol was still so close, and literally untouched since the 1960s. As Dylan fanatics, it was as close as we will get to those liner note pictures.
 
What's the most ridiculous genre name you've read or heard to describe TNV? And what's the most ridiculous one you could make up for us right now?
 
Your music often gets compared to the likes of Pavement and Guided by Voices. How do you take on comments like that, as they're repeated by journalists and interviewers time and time again?
 
What are the chances of returning to cassette on any more material you release?
 
We see that you've changed your label representation over from the Matador 10" a while ago to Merge/Wichita. How did the new record deals come about?
 
What's your songwriting process like? Do you find yourselves crafting most songs similarly from one stage to the next?
 
Which do you think has been your favourite show to play over the last year? Why does it stand out? And if one in particular doesn't stand out, why do you think that's the case?
 
The new record's out in a couple of months. What about its release are you most excited about? What are you most nervous about?
 
Great to see you're coming back to play some European shows in April and May. Which cities have become your favourites to play since you first hit these shores three years ago?
 
What inspires your lyrics? 
 
When will you be releasing the Times New Viking typeface, much to the joy of all your artsy typography-loving fans? Have you been approached about it a lot already?
 
Finally, do you really think Liverpool is nasty and trash-fantastic?i
It was one of the first times we left our house to record. Thankfully Musicol was still so close, and literally untouched since the 1960s. As Dylan fanatics, it was as close as we will get to those liner note pictures.
 
What's the most ridiculous genre name you've read or heard to describe TNV? And what's the most ridiculous one you could make up for us right now?
 
Your music often gets compared to the likes of Pavement and Guided by Voices. How do you take on comments like that, as they're repeated by journalists and interviewers time and time again?
 
What are the chances of returning to cassette on any more material you release?
 
We see that you've changed your label representation over from the Matador 10" a while ago to Merge/Wichita. How did the new record deals come about?
 
What's your songwriting process like? Do you find yourselves crafting most songs similarly from one stage to the next?
 
Which do you think has been your favourite show to play over the last year? Why does it stand out? And if one in particular doesn't stand out, why do you think that's the case?
 
The new record's out in a couple of months. What about its release are you most excited about? What are you most nervous about?
 
Great to see you're coming back to play some European shows in April and May. Which cities have become your favourites to play since you first hit these shores three years ago?
 
What inspires your lyrics? 
 
When will you be releasing the Times New Viking typeface, much to the joy of all your artsy typography-loving fans? Have you been approached about it a lot already?
 
Finally, do you really think Liverpool is nasty and trash-fantastic?

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