Philadelphia-based indie-rock quintet Time, not to be confused with the Minneapolis group fronted by Morris Day, is excited to present “In Your Head,” the latest single to be lifted from the Friday, July 22 release of the band’s debut album, Hydrangea (Jump Start Records) set for release on July 22. It’s ‘90s-inspired grunge-pop that presents the question, “how much damage do you have to inflict on yourself before you’re reminded you’re still alive?”, “In Your Head” is a self-deprecating song about our tendency to rely on vices or dependencies as excuses to avoid acceptance of accountability.
“My writing has always been extremely self-critical,” said Jon Hunt of Time. “‘In Your Head’ ended up being the output of what happens when frustration and exasperation turn into self-reflection, and the grappling with the unintended self-destruction that brings about. Life is messy, and that is OK.”
While its core members are veterans of Philly’s hardcore scene via bands such as Kill Verona, No Roses and Shark Attack, Time’s own inspiration and sound are derived from the dark and heavy shoegaze / noise-pop of touchstones such as My Bloody Valentine, Sugar, Swervedriver, and Catherine Wheel but with its own blushing melody and shine. Time’s initial release, 2018’s In Decline EP (Low Dose Records), set the foundation for what Hydrangea would build upon: nuanced layers of delayed guitars, lyrically fluid bass progressions, and two-part vocal melodies, all anchored to a confidently nimble backbeat.
A declaration of farewells serves as the hook for “Adios”, the opener of Hydrangea, the Philadelphia quintet Time’s forthcoming debut full-length for Jump Start Records. It may seem odd to open your debut sh0wcase with an expression reserved for parting, but given the circumstances under which Hydrangea was created, it’s not that strange.
Entering New Jersey’s Gradwell House studios with producer Nik Bruzzese (Man Overboard) during the beginning of the pandemic, the members of Time — Paul Butterly (guitars), Chris Margarite (vocals / guitars) and Jon Hunt (guitars/vocals) joined by then-rhythm section Tony Rossi (drums) and Matt Whiteford (bass) — committed Hydrangea’s nine tracks to tape as the world around them descended into oblivion.
The album is an indisputably diverse effort. Cuts like the pummeling post-hardcore adjacent “Wallow” and brooding overdriven bass intro of “Color Me Comfortable” cozy up against the aforementioned “Adios,” an almost sunny tune paying homage to Nineties Brit-rock. In early support of Hydrangea — joined by new rhythm section Jon Van Dine (drums) and Scott Signorino (bass) — Time has shared the stage with acts like One Step Closer, Comeback Kid, and Off with Their Heads. And while freed from the isolation of the pandemic, and despite its own lyrics, Time has just arrived and won’t be saying goodbye any time soon.