Times New Viking
Even in such short songs, "lo-fi" doesn't begin to capture the noise they generate. Every song rattles with the chaotic blur of distorted keyboards and guitar, and the request on the back of their album cover ("please play loud") certainly conveys how intentional that clamor is.
But distortion doesn't mask the songs' innate catchiness. "Mean God" and "Drop-Out" have melodies that beg for a singalong. Of course, that's nearly impossible because the lyrics are indistinguishable beneath the layers of noise. But the words hardly matter; Times New Viking's enthusiastic yelps are matched in fervor by the band's joyous racket.
-- Catherine P. Lewis