Times New Viking, the Axemen, and Royal Bangs

When: Mon., Nov. 9, 9 p.m. 2009

One-girl/two-guys Ohio trio Times New Viking buries its simple organ-guitar-drums indie pop under dense layers of lo-fi clamor. The static-y, hissy, trebly, tinny art-noise assault is a longstanding indie-punk tradition that evokes the likes of Pussy Galore and (very) early Pavement. In the age of ProTools, sound this bad has to be cultivated, and with Times New Viking, distortion, feedback, and other metal-machine racket are deployed as an intentional sonic element rather than just as a signifier: They worked hard to make their music sound this crappy. And their work pays off: Sugary hooks fight against the noise, and the noise fights back, giving the tunes toughness and character. The trick keeps repeating and keeps working, in part by not overstaying its welcome, as the songs on last year’s Rip It Off and the new Born Again Revisited average about two minutes. Times New Viking plays the Hi-Tone Café Monday, November 9th, with the Axemen and Royal Bangs. Showtime is 9 p.m. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. — Chris Herrington

Chris Herrington

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