When I first heard the NY band Timeshares, I knew they were going to be a punk band to lookout for. After excessively playing the few songs they had and their split with Captain, We’re Sinking, the guys finally released their first LP Bearable. I have to admit—it was definitely worth the wait.
Each song off of Bearable varies in style, but this creates an incredible flow throughout the album. There is never a dull moment. One of the best things about this record, and Timeshares in general, is that you can’t pin-point who they are or what they are about. The music just feels genuine, like the only intention the band had was to make awesome music to be enjoyed. I’d say they accomplished that mission pretty damn well with Bearable .
The record starts off strong with “From An Admirer Not Darryl,” a fast-paced song that is sure to grab your attention and get you interested in the entire record. The variation on Bearable is what really makes the record so good, and I just can’t get over it. None of the tracks feel like filler material because there is a song for every musical taste and for whatever mood you’re in. Not to mention, the vocals on this record are incredible due to the variation of singing styles.
“Sarah, Send Your Driver” is a song that I loved before this record, so to hear a cleaner version of the song on Bearable was an awesome bonus. “Skirt Wednesday” is a relatable song about young heartbreak that gets me every damn time I listen to it. The mellowed-out vibe makes it stand out in a significant way as well. Bearable ends perfectly with the track “Math & Science,” which is just as strong as the first song and sums up this feeling about growing up that the entire record lingers over.
Songs like “Everyday Doops” and “Too Many ELO Days” let you know this record is meant to be performed live, because whenever you listen to them you can’t help but sing along. If you haven’t listened to Bearable yet, you’re missing out. Trust me, this is definitely a record you will keep on repeat after that first listen and right into the new year. With such an impressive first full length, I can’t wait to see what Timeshares has planned next.
8.5 / 10
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