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Times New Viking Tour with Guided By Voices
 
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By: J.S. McIntosh
October 4, 2010
 

Many bands have watered down experimentation for success as an indie crossover act (here’s looking at you, Deerhunter) but it’s clear that Times New Viking have no desire to follow that route. Their new video for “Teen Spirit in Hell” serves the same amount of distorted vocals as their last album, which made their recorded-in-a-gutter aesthetic more extreme. The song is markedly less aggressive than most of the tracks on Rip It Off. The manic, seemingly endless punk-energy found on that album justified their lack of interest in professionalism or consonance. The video makes for an interesting music experience, albeit one less focused on the pop underbelly that sanctified their previous releases.

The uncompromising abrasion mixed with addictive pop-hooks found Times New Viking friends in high places, as their current tour shows. They've opened for Pavement, will play with them at another venue and will also open for another giant of indie-rock, Guided By Voices (a band many critics have called precursors to Times New Viking). Times New Viking will be a natural complement to both bands. These shows, while compelling enough because of the legends they feature, will be even more exciting to see because of Times New Viking, and will help galvanize crowds as an opening act.

 
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10-04 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern  w/Guided By Voices
10-05 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre  w/Guided By Voices
10-07 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom  w/Guided By Voices
10-09 – Seattle Wa, WA – Showbox SODO  w/Guided By Voices
10-12 – Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue  w/Guided By Voices
10-13 – Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre  w/Guided By Voices
10-14 – St. Louis, MO – St. Louis University
 
 

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