Time is a Thief – We’re Not Strangers
“…The only fault I could find was that all the songs ended far too soon…”
One of Cork’s hardest working bands, Time is a Thief, have recently released their debut album, We’re Not Strangers. The eleven track CD features the very best that TIAT has to offer, which, as it turns out, is quite a lot.
The album as a whole is an ear-gasm of incredibly loud, fast, and intense music. The title track sucks you in and makes you think “oh yeah, this is gonna be good” and from then on in it only gets better and better.
Lights is an excellent track with a catchy as hell chorus – “When all the lights go out, we are looking up again with doubt”. While the intro to Ear Wigg is satisfyingly anger fuelled and raw. The vocals/lyrics are very Corey Taylor-esque. When the riff kicked in, I knew I’d be earmarking (see what I did there?!) it as one of my favourites.
Track 7, So it Goes, is probably my favourite of the lot, however, as it manages to mix together an intense blend of goosebump-raising riffs, a catchy tune and some stick-in-your-head lyrics. “Look into my eyes; can you see me at all? And so it goes on”.
To try and present a more balanced front, I specifically tried to find fault with some of the songs. Do they all sound the same? How does the mixing hold up under scrutiny? Any absurd-ass lyrics? The only fault I could find was that all the songs ended far too soon. I could listen to this album for days.
Originally set for release last February, We’re Not Strangers encountered some unforeseen problems on the production side of things. As such, it has only recently been made available but I can confirm that it was well worth the wait. Having been together for four years now, and having amassed a whopping €2,500 from their fans in a Fund It campaign to produce the album, Time is a Thief certainly deserves some recognition.
On the album, the band said “This album has been in the making for over a year. We’re putting everything into it, not just money, but our time, effort, blood, sweat and tears.” And with an album like this to show for it, the hard work has most certainly paid off.
Time is a Thief play Cyprus Avenue, Cork on May 12th. Miss them at your peril.