Times New Viking announce first show in four years, will play Ohio’s 4th & 4th Fest

Times New Viking announce first show in four years, will play Ohio's 4th & 4th Fest

Shitgaze greats Times New Viking have announced their first show in over four years. Nearly a decade after breaking out of Ohio’s underground scene with Present the Paisley Reich (2007), the trio will return to stage next July at 4th and 4th Fest in Columbus. This is the band’s first show since 2012, following an extended hiatus that saw the trio relocate to different corners of the US shortly after the release of the Over & Over EP, their last album to date. The announcement somewhat fulfills a long-in-the-making journey back home for Times New Viking. Their last EP marked a reunion with the Siltbreeze label, a home to their first recordings before they had departed to collaborate with Matador and Merge Records. Therefore, a physical return to Columbus’s live circuit feels like a natural move.

Times New Viking formed in the mid 2000s as a trio, with Jared Phillips on guitar, Beth Murphy on keyboards, and Adam Elliott on drums, the three sharing vocal duties à la Yo La Tengo. The band came to prominence thanks to an absolutely lo-fi take on noise pop. Although they somehow embodied the short-lived shitgaze scene, their flair for vocal melodies and catchy song structures outgrew the scruffy garage-psychedelia of fellow Siltbreeze acts falling under such banner. The trio released five LPs to considerable acclaim in the late 2000s and went on tour with Wire, Guided by Voices, The Clean, and many others.

4th & 4th Fest takes place in Columbus, on July 9. Tickets are available now.

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