So, I hear last Friday night the place to be was the Brass Rail. Why you say? A triple bill that when spoken out loud would surely cause any local music fan to choke on their PBR or finely fermented craft beer. Friday night the Brass Rail was the sight of a musical orgy that involved the well-oiled TIMBER!!!, House Of Bread and Heaven’s Gateway Drugs. We discussed House Of Bread a couple weeks ago on these pages(Hypnic Jerk gonna spank you like you know you deserve). We don’t know much about Heaven’s Gateway Drugs, other than “I am Heaven’s Gateway Drugs,” and there are some very eerie band photos on their website. Looks like one of the Culkin brothers and a Soggy Bottom Boy are among the Gateway members. They rock some mean Black Angels, Brian Jonestown Massacre and BRMC-like drone blues garage rock gumbo….at least that’s what I could tell from the couple tunes I found while searching the web and a couple of the band members harddrives.
The third band on that beer-soaked triple threat bill on Friday was TIMBER!!!. I was able to score a super secret copy of their upcoming full-length debut called Numbers, and this thing is insanely good! From the songwriting, to the Andy Gill-like guitar noise excursions, the tight, on-a-dime start stop rhythm section and the elegant time bomb vocal explosions, this album is a top notch post punk manifesto. Kendra Johnson, Ben Larson, Jason Williams and Jason Davis put out an e.p. back in 2011 called Twenty-Five Thirty-Five and gave the ears of the Fort a little preview of what TIMBER!!! was capable of laying down on tape. That e.p. was an ice-breaking of sorts. Numbers is the album they were meant to make.
All the stars were in alignment, me thinks.
‘Waste Away’ starts the album off with a Mission Of Burma angst and sense of urgency. Larson has the angular jaggedness of an in-his-prime Roger Miller. Davis and Williams are locked in keeping the rhythm section tight and solid, allowing Kendra Johnson the freedom to pull an emotional firestorm out out of her chest and onto our waiting ears. ‘Kaleidoscope’ sounds like Gang Of Four fronted by Debbie Harry. All angular guitar shards and pummeled drum toms elegantly held together by Johnson’s Siouxie Sioux vocal delivery. ‘Frisco Disco’ has a pop sensibility, but not in the usual pop sense. Pop music that Colin Newman and Graham Lewis gave us on albums like Chairs Missing and 154. TIMBER!!! leave us with the hazy, shoegazing ‘Lackluster’. A great tune that would’ve fit nicely on Lush’s masterpiece Spooky.
TIMBER!!! are a true band. All four members bring something vital to the group. You’ll hear that when you get your first taste of Numbers as you can now pre-order it at their website. You’ll hear it when you check TIMBER!!! out at CS3 for their record release show on September 28th at 8pm. And you’ll hear it when TIMBER!!! come to your house and play in your living room for the mere price of a 12pk of Sierra Nevada and some chicken tacos.
Alright, they won’t come to your house. But they will blow your minds with their elegantly chaotic post punk. Do it! And pre-order…now!