Hailing from Chicago comes HEAVY TIMES. These three guys have been out there recording music for awhile now, and their most recent release comes in the 7″ vinyl format from the renowned Hozac Records label.
As far as I know this is their first release being put out on vinyl, but I’m really not entirely sure. Other than this 7″ the only other releases you could find from these guys would be in cassette format – two of which I’ve left you with download links below, and then this third cassette from Priority Male Tapes. So if you already know what these guys are all about, then you’re probably dying to hear this 7″. If that’s the case, let’s check it out. If not, prepare yourself for some highly addictive tunes and open up that ‘buy’ link at the bottom of the page ahead of time…
Two brand new songs fill out both sides of this smoking 7″, and after you play this thing for the
sixth seventh eighth time you’re going to be begging for at least a third track (which is part of the reason I supplied you with the downloads below). Right after starting the first track “No Plans”, the good-feelin’ vibes already start flowing as the jangly, bluesy, shuffled guitar licks repeat time after time, sealing up the fact that this stuff is beyond addicting. Lead singer Bo Hansen sings about having too much time in which to hang out, saying that he really doesn’t care where you choose to hang, considering the ample time available. Maybe they should record another track with all that extra time!?
Flip over to the B-side “Ice Age” for yet another minimally awesome song, again coming complete with shuffly guitar licks and lyrics about snow coming through the stereo. The last minute or so of the song is strictly a jam out, as they ride out the bluesy guitar riffs with some nice soloing to broaden the sound a bit more. When it’s all said and done, the chances of you NOT wanting to spin this stuff again are highly unlikely. I’d put money on it. See for yourself with the A-side below, and follow this link to hear the B-side. No rules – no bullshit – just straight up rocking out. Truly an awesome 7″.
No Plans –
My Rating: 9/10
Genre/ Tags: Garage Rock, Pop, Minimalist, Punk
No Plans 7″: Tracklist:
1.) No Plans
2.) Ice Age