Idle Times’ “Do You Hear Those Bells,” is primitive psych rock in the vein of San Francisco’s Sic Alps with a kick — Shredding. Who knew all that dodgy gear could produce something so sweet? Yet, there it is, waiting for you there at the one-minute mark, and again at the second, a wonderful blast of guitar squalor rattling those old amps. In another band’s hands, it could have sounded self-serving, or over the top. Not here, however. Here it shoulders its way between that jangle-pop chorus and those dark, riveting verses, making its noisy self very much necessary.
Idle Times debut full-length on Hozac Records will be released on October 26th. Mine is already on its way.