Times New Viking

Saturday, December 30, at the Grog Shop.

Times New Viking Times New Viking, with Short Rabbits, We March, and Series. Saturday, December 30, at the Grog Shop.
There's this myth surrounding Times New Viking: After discovering the Columbus trio's lost demos, Tom Lax revived his Siltbreeze label solely for the purpose of turning the indie-rock world on to TNV's genius. That is, of course, mostly bullshit -- just like so many tall tales surrounding the legendary imprint. At the same time, there's no denying why Lax fell for the band. Back in the early to mid-'90s, Siltbreeze released discs by many of Ohio's seminal lo-fi rockers, including Guided by Voices, Jim Shepard, and Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments. And just like each of these groups, TNV crafts perfect fuckin' pop, yet filters it through an anti-production sensibility, evoking images of sloppy-ass musicians recording their jams on battered boomboxes. But catchy tunes are catchy tunes, and rumors now swirl about, involving Times New Viking signing to a major label. Weirder things have happened -- Onion Records, anyone?
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