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Times New Viking premieres new music video, performs live for Paste

By June 8, 2011No Comments

Catch them on tour now!!!

VIDEO: “Paste Sessions”

VIDEO: “Try Harder” (Dir. by Juliane Piecha & Ian Cook) –

Times New Viking – Try Harder from Merge Records on Vimeo.

Times New Viking are currently on the road in support of their new album Dancer Equired. While in Atlanta, they invited to visit their soundcheck and film a couple of songs including the brand new “Middle Class Drags.”

Watch Times New Viking perform live at

Also, check out the new video for “Try Harder.” Directed by Juliane Piecha and Ian Cook, the “Try Harder” video features live footage and collages by Jared Phillips and his fellow Times New Viking bandmates.

Watch the new video for “Try Harder” from Dancer Equired


Contrary to popular belief, the members of Times New Viking are not art school dropouts; they’re art school graduates. And rather than follow the path of stuffy galleries and regular unemployment, they chose to start a band. Times New Viking, consisting of Beth Murphy on keyboards/vocals, Adam Elliott on drums/vocals, and Jared Phillips on guitar, began inconspicuously in 2003 when it was particularly out of vogue to do it yourself. From their first noise-crusted basement tapes that coaxed Siltbreeze Records founder Tom Lax from retirement to indie-elite Matador Records, Times New Viking‘s star rose while they still sounded like the best Messthetics one-off you always wanted to keep to yourself.

Dancer Equired, the band’s first album for Merge, is a return to the hive, even if the record’s creation was out of their usual boundaries. It should be known that for the first time, the trio escaped to a studio, namely Columbus Discount Recording and the famed Musicol, during the summer of violence. With the help of Adam Smith and Dustin White, Times New Viking recorded and produced an album sounds like a mellow night out. Though it abandons the pissy histrionics of the past, the record retains the loud, brash, mammoth guitars but also magnifies the bright, beautiful traits the band has nurtured since the beginning. Dancer Equired is a new chapter, sure to attract an entirely new audience of intrigued listeners while keeping old Times New Viking fans perfectly satiated by not abandoning those early ideals. Rip it up and start again.


06/09 Sante Fe, NM Corazon
06/10 Tempe, AZ Sail Inn
06/11 San Diego, CA Casbah
06/12 Los Angles, CA The Satellite
06/14 San Francisco, CA Rickshaw Stop
06/16 Portland, OR Bunk Bar
06/21 Seattle, WA Sunset Tavern
06/22 Vancouver, BC Media Club
06/24 Calgary, AB Sled Island
06/25 Calgary, AB Sled Island
06/28 Minneapolis, MN 7th St. Entry
06/29 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
06/30 Bloomington, IN The Bishop
07/01 Columbus, OH Wexner Center for the Arts
07/22 Pittsburgh, PA The Warhol
07/23 Brooklyn, NY Prospect Park / Celebrate Brooklyn (FREE) ^
07/24 Albany, NY Valentines

^ = w/ The Feelies, Real Estate

Times New Viking
Dancer Equired
Street Date: April 26, 2011

1 . It’s a Culture
2 . Ever Falling in Love
3 . No Room to Live
4 . Try Harder
5 . California Roll
6 . Ways to Go
7 . New Vertical Dwellings
8 . Downtown Eastern Bloc
9 . More Rumours
10 . Don’t Go to Liverpool
11 . Fuck Her Tears
12 . Want to Exist
13 . Somebody’s Slave
14 . No Good


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