(This is a series celebrating our favorite songs of 2008. No particular order. It is being cross-posted at rangeliferecords.com. If you’d like to contribute, email a song link and baloney sandwich to email@example.com.)
Song: “Drop-out” by Times New Viking
Song Link: Matador
Live Video: HERE
No song from 2008 jumped out of the speakers as manically as “Drop-out”. Consider yourself warned. It’s a total sugar rush, a fuzz-pop masterpiece with guy/girl vocals, tangy guitar and a drum-kit made of eardrums. If you close your eyes, you’re there in their basement practice-space, bobbing to the backbeat as they redefine “hot to tape”. Can’t wait to hear the re-mastered version in 10 years, Matador!
What an unusual band, man. Pop gems, punk ethos. Coquette on the keys, Taz on drums and Steve Malkmus doppleganger on left-handed guitar. What does a band like this get out of “Drop-out”? Is it improv sketch or great drama? Careless or catharsis? Practice or perfection? Ugghh.
Fuck it. In 2008 I’ll take all the fragments of beauty and intrigue I can find. This track always took things one step higher – sound level, heart-rate, intoxication. It got me up, on, off. Got me dancing. Got me loose. And made me think about how so much of what I love is melody made out of a mess.