Times New Viking, ‘Rip It Off’ (Matador)
Remember fall ’92? No-fi rock felt like the future, Bush Sr. seemed all but toast, and a Clinton was waiting in the wings. Times New Viking remember — Rip It Off, their third album, is a note-perfect ode to those better days. Sixteen quick-hit songs pile up in a half hour of Neanderthal synth hooks, barely audible drumming, snotty art-kid vocals, and busted-amp guitar fuzz. Like obvious antecedents Pavement, they are probably destined to sell out to beauty and grace. But for now, they’re kinda perfect.
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