As I've said countless times, the Tall Birds were one of my favorite local bands. But they collapsed too early for them to become a lot of people's favorite. But former Tall Bird (and Catheter) Charles Leo Gebhardt just wrote to inform me that he and Brian Standeford (the other former Tall Bird and Catheter) have a new band featuring the Unnaturally Helpful Dean Whitmore on drums. They call themselves Idle Times (you know...idle times, like what you'll have plenty of now that the rainy season has arrived).
Anyway, Idle Times traffic in murky garage fuzz. Some of the songs have strains of traditional 60s rock, others have a ramped-up swagger like early 70s proto-punk, while others are as chaotic-melodic as early indie rock (and by indie rock, I'm talking Dinosaur Jr. etc, not the Arcade Fire). Speaking of Dinosaur, there are even some spiraling, scorching solos here reminiscent of J. Mascis' rawest work. Judging from these Myspace selections alone, it seems the songs are all clawing their way out of a layer of 90s grunge sludge...which is pure heaven for someone like me, who prefers his music to be unwashed and unshaven.
They have a show lined up, and Leo tells me their first 7" should be available by the time they play.
Idle Times play The Sunset Tavern in Ballard Washington, November 11 @ 10 p.m.