- Release Date 2013-03-04
- Label Tirk Records
- Catalog TIRK083
Fast forward to 2012 and Tirk Records release a three track EP called 'The Love I Make', receiving support from BBC 6 Music DJs Gideon Coe, Lauren Laverne, Nemone and most significantly Marc Riley, who invited frontman Brian Kotzur and the rest of the band over for a live session on his show in 2013. Kotzur is a man of many talents. As well as drumming for Silver Jews and fronting Tim Chad & Sherry, he's a long time collaborator with cult filmmaker Harmony Korine, writing soundtracks and even appearing as characters like 'Buddy' in Korine's wild geriatric romp "Trash Humpers".
Tirk Records now present Tim, Chad & Sherry's self titled second album, an oddly compelling mix of slinky, raucous rock, feet-dragging dadaist grooves and uplifting melodious soul accentuated with electronics and subtle motorik drum machine rhythms. In describing their sound, the band says it best: "PSYCH DANCE. If Steely Dan, The Flaming Lips and R Kelly had a love child, you'd have Tim Chad and Sherry."
The album kicks off with the heartfelt Americana of 'Baby We Can Work It Out', followed by 'The Love I Make', the bolt of crushed funk that initially got the band noticed at radio stations in the UK. We love it. We're hit with a splash of colour with the Latin-inspired 'Yo Vivo Y Me Encanta', where front man Brian sings entirely in Spanish over chugging beats and off-beat guitar licks. 'Rocket Tonight' follows with subtle RnB flavours emanating through the vocal harmonies, suspended before the guitar and keys solos peel away into a noisy, harmonic crescendo.
'Soft Country' reign's in some of those twanging Americana influences once again to build a layered country-inspired epic. 'Called ID' brings proceedings back down to earth with it's grounded guitar and piano chops before 'Come On Down' introduces some hip-shaking, side-stepping momentum amidst radio interference, warbling organ riffs and crowd noise.
Next, we transcend into the electro-funk of 'Beyond', whilst 'Love On The Dancefloor' sounds like it could be a cosmic cover of a never-released Justin Timberlake track, before it tangents off into some rock-fuelled funk. 'What You Need' see's proceedings wind down with synths and wispy vocals permeating the field for a spaced out, smooth groove. 'Don't Disturb the Groove' is the slow-jam of the album ending proceedings with warm and soulful vocals and a crystalline finish.
There you have it. And no, none of the band are named Tim, Chad, or Sherry...