West Virginia – Summer is just around the bend, and with it comes fresh air, new music and good times had by all. Not Alonerecording artists TIME AND DISTANCE will bring all facets of summer to fruition with the release of their third album Gravity onJuly 14, 2009. With years of experience as a solo artist, Greg McGowan (guitar, vox) has channeled his experience as a singer/songwriter into this trio that has already toured with the likes of Boys Like Girls, Midtown and Hit The Lights.
Produced by Rob Freeman (of Hidden in Plain View), this is the album that Time and Distance have been waiting their entire careers to make. “It was the first time we really took our time writing more songs than we actually needed so that we could pick the best of the best,” explains McGowan, “I’m more stoked on the final product than anything we’ve done before. I couldn’t be happier.”
With piano parts recorded on a laptop in their hotel bathroom and a cigarette pack guitar amp used for some of the guitar tracking, this album largely came together on the spot and is void of the excessive layering that plagues so much of today’s new music. The title track “Gravity” is “kind of a summarization of the record in that it goes through all the different themes of the entire record,” says McGowan, “it is probably my favorite song on the album and it was written entirely in the studio.”
With a new album teaser available at myspace.com/timeanddistance, Time and Distance are ready to continue going with the flow this entire summer and with each step, bring a fresh approach to the music they’re making.
Gravity is available now in select locations — check out their blog to see when you can get your copy!
In the meantime, pre-order it now on SmartPunk!
Here are some albums that will be in stores tomorrow.
A Change Of Pace – Prepare The Masses
Time And Distance – The Way It Should Be
Leeland – Sound of Melodies
Hot Snakes – Thunder Down Under
Reel Big Fish – Our Live Album Is Better Than Your Live Album CD/DVD
Sublime – Sublime (Double Disc 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)
V/A – Snakes On A Plane Soundtrack
Check out this weeks features bands including A Change of Pace, Time And Distance, and Leeland.
It’s been a couple years since I was introduced to this once “solo acoustic-rock” project from Charleston, WV. Since then, this four-piece has toured the country relentlessly with bands like Taking Back Sunday, Midtown, Daphne Loves Derby, and hundreds more. To say the least, this is one of the hardest working bands in the music scene. “The Way It Should Be” was recorded last spring and due to personal decisions was not released on their current home I-Surrender Records. The release date and label is still undetermined.
The dueling vocals provided by Greg McGowan and Derek Reese are unusually crisp for a two-singer combo. Aaron Squared’s bass and Ryan Ware’s drumming create a well-rounded rhythm section. What you might notice after a few listens is that there is very little extra instrumentation done on this record. Besides a track guest produced by Heath Sacreno of Midtown, almost all of what you hear, you will hear in the live show.
The first track titled Up-Out & Over it begins with a frustrated attack on a former romantic interest saying, “I can’t wait for this to end.” Wouldn’t it be fitting if that were the theme of the whole record? Fortunately, it’s not. This track is a very catchy, ready-for-the-radio song that has become quite addicting.
Moving forward to “Miss New York,” my favorite track on this record; As far as musicianship goes, it quite a simple song. What I am most impressed with is the caliber of back up vocalist Derek Reese. He handles most of the bridge, with vocals that I wish were seen in a lot more of the music in this genre. His melody is high, yet powerful and full, a great complement to Greg’s vocals.
This record is filled with other great tracks like Remember and Until it’s Over, and the do-it-yourself recording of Addicted. With traditional chord progressions, and catchy melodies, this is not a breakthrough record by any means. The truth is that they’re a very solid band that’s ready for the mainstream. This record has potential to be every one’s guilty pleasure, & maybe land them on one of the many major labels that have been following them since their first national tour.
1. Up Out & Over It
2. Lost In Me
3. Four To Go
4. I Miss New York
6. Until It’s Over
7. Say Anything
8. A Promise
9. Coast To Coast
10. Three Days Late
“I Miss New York”, “Up Out & Over It”, “Lost In Me”