TIM VERSION, THE: Prohibition Starts Tomorrow: CD

Dec 01, 2009

Uh oh! I have to confess, I am a prejudiced individual! I had heard the name Tim Version bandied about, and immediately thought, “That is one of the worst band names I’ve ever heard. This band must be awful.” For those of you lacking the Wisconsin-bred encyclopedic knowledge of all things punk, I will fill you in on a punk rock fact: The Tim Version is, no doubt, a reference to the “Tim Version” of the best Replacements song ever “Can’t Hardly Wait,” from the outtakes of the Tim album. One of my favorite songs, but I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, a good thing does not a good band name make! Take, uh, the Cheetos, for example. Got it? No! That’s okay because this band, who I am going to refer to from this point onward as the Tim Versions, which is at least a little better by way of being more stupid, rocks! It’s the kind of melodic hardcore you’ve come to know and love in the tradition of Dillinger Four or Avail. (Plus they have D4esque (New word alert! New word alert!) song titles, like “No More Star Tattoos” and “National ‘Quit Your Job’ Day.”) Sure, they’re not as good as D4, and at times they are a tad generic, but when you’re a little drunk, that doesn’t really matter. Besides, to be as good as D4 these guys would have to be Lucky Charms, and right now they’re simply holdin’ steady as Fruit Loops.

 –maddy (A.D.D.)

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