Already DeadSideOneDummy Records
By Cole Faulkner
After enjoying early career highlights as the underdogs on Kiss Of Death Records, New York gruff punk act Timeshares has made the jump to the ever-reputable SideOneDummy Records. Bursting out on the ever-crucial sophomore full length, the Downstate four-piece aims to take their game to the next level of stick-in-your-head punk-rock. This time around, Already Dead further develops Timeshares’ identity by infusing a faint country-tinge that could easily see them opening for Lucero or Arliss Nancy. The direction compliments Timeshares’ already deep-seated appeal and sees them entering that next stage of artist development.
Right from the get go, fans will point to how Timeshares have evolved a really “full” and layered depth of character that surpases their former hooks without ignoring their roots. Opener “State Line To State Line” still bears the comfortable but rough-edged markings of an Elway meets Bangers hybrid, but with a newfound push taking hold every time a verse erupts into searing chorus flames. “Tail Light” pulls out all the stops with full band bolstered vocals made all the more impactful by a boastful drum battering serving as the exclamation mark at the end of each note. Before long, the band ups the guitar twang and injects a hint of country lovin’ in their voice. “The Bad Parts” and “Heavy Hangs” makes out Timeshares as clearly indebted to Lucero’s more subtle altrock strut in a smug, confident kind of way. But the attitude is not entirely pervasive, with Timeshares tactfully returning to varying degrees of frayed, riff heavy pop-punk in songs like “Spend The Night” and “The New Incisions.” Combined with a synergetic relationship between each vocalist, the band covers plenty of ground in a concise ten tracks.
Timeshares’ simplistic yet authentic approach should mean Already Dead receives easy acclaim from the punk rock community. It’s a simple album that avoids blending into the backdrop by not shying away from a tuneful hook. While not necessarily pushing boundaries, the band’s latest form certainly strike up a great new balance; and unlike more artsy labelmates like Restorations, Timeshares offer up an instant appeal that should make fans of listeners after even a few short tracks.