In a more righteous world all of our government’s money isn’t spent on funding global wars and protecting crooked corporations and politicians, the poor have a fighting chance, loves flows freely, and The Tim Version is played loud on the airwaves for all to hear. It doesn’t hurt to dream. I’ve been a fan of this band for years and have always held their albums and songwriting in high regard, but with Ordinary Life they’ve released what I consider to be, far and away, their best record to date. Over the last fifteen years The Tim Version has fine-crafted their own unique sound, mixing elements of punk, country, and classic rock. Dirty guitar solos that cut through, a backbone of steady rhythms and blistering drums—one of the best drummers you’ll hear in a punk band—and Russ Van Cleave’s arm-raised catchy singalongs and confessional lyrics that balance darkness and hope with words that you can go straight to the edge with. “Nobody thinks that nothing ain’t worth anything. Well I wish it was. Nobody understands the possibilities. But I’ve seen it done.” And somehow they’re able to transition from an upbeat punk tune to a slow, beautiful, and haunting country gem like “Holidays and Birfdays” or “Die in Yer Sleep” with complete ease. What really sets The Tim Version apart from a lot of other bands, though, is a true underlying sense of honesty. There are no illusions hiding in those grooves of vinyl. This album was some five years in the making. I’m a believer that creativity, whether it’s music, writing, or art, takes time to craft and a lot of sacrifice. As age creeps up on us there are more obstacles: family, careers, and money. Somehow we have to learn to juggle it all, and yet still try to be true to the sound. “It is fun, but it ain’t always easy.” Dreams about the dead, fishing, company men, the grind of work, drugs, honky-tonks, depression, weak birds, and cheap motels. It’s a world I can relate to and Ordinary Lifeis music we can all find solace in.
–Seth Swaaley (No Idea)