Time Is A Thief-We're Not Strangers
Record Label: Self-released
Release Date: April 27, 2012
Is this a modern rock album you see before you? Its verses so catchy and its production so perfect? Indeed, it is. Time Is A Thief are a four piece rock band from Cork, Ireland. We’re Not Strangers, a collection of eleven fist pumping, accessible rock anthems, is their debut album. The band, comprised of (according to their Facebook) Adam (vocals), Jimmy (guitar), Jeff (drums) and Murf (bass), are here to tickle your cerebrum with catchy choruses and songs that make you jump up and down like an idiot howling along.
Kicking off with the title track, We’re Not Strangers ticks all the right boxes in making rock music for the masses. Clean guitar lines, somewhat vague but life-affirming lyrics, slightly husky vocals, and the mandatory crowd participation moments are extremely prevalent throughout the album. ‘We’re Not Strangers’ opens procedures with instant hum-ability, and a suitably rocking track. ‘Suitably rocking’ somewhat encapsulates everything about this album. Each track is built for blasting out of a car window or for just ‘rocking out’ to at a show. Time Is A Thief have to be admired for their consistency, they don’t even calm down for a mandatory acoustic/ slow track. ‘Lights’, the second track off the album, is the strongest, by far. Where much of the album can be considered as somewhat generic rock anthems, Lights shows a brief glimpse of maturity in their songwriting ability. Musically, throughout the release, the band show that they are quite technically talented. Not once is a riff underplayed, and their musical ability is very much on show, with every chord, note, and riff being extremely accurate. The vocals are a pretty standard fare for a band of their ilk, but there is a lurking feeling that Adam’s vocals might actually be a lot stronger than presented on the finished product. Production effects are prevalent on the album and mostly they work to make the release that bit more sellable, but they absolutely suffocate the vocals, to the degree that hearing his natural voice would be very welcome.
Apparently, We’re Not Strangers initially started life as an EP but a sudden burst of creativity pushed Time Is A Thief to write an entire album. It’s hard to know if this was a good decision or not. If the band were aiming to release a record that will shift units, sound good played loud, and will make them a whole host of new fans, We’re Not Strangers is certainly a success. However, if they were looking for an artistic, innovative, long-lasting release, this might not have been the right way to go. Overall, this is a good album, and Time Is A Thief is definitely a name that will be heard again.