By Brittany Rudyck
EDMONTON – Edmonton hardcore troupe Times Tide may not be completely self-aware.
Like many projects before them, Time Tide has undergone the usual musical chair scenario before settling on their current line-up. When BeatRoute sat down with half the line-up, our questions shone a light on aspects of the group they hadn’t previously considered.
With the release of their debut album God, I’m Alone Here on November 1, the members are now on the same track, creating an album cohesively for the first time in their four year history. Guitarist Benjamin MacKenzie and drummer Byron Mayer started out with a different vocalist before choosing Colten Reid to fill the void left behind by a man they simply refer to as “John.” Joel Frost eventually became their bassist and the rest fell into place.
“They asked me to do vocals originally because I was straight edge,” Reid says, smiling.
“We tried to take that route for awhile and made some bad justifications for it.”
“Now we have a bunch of shirts that say Edmonton Straight Edge on them,” says Frost, laughing.
“We really need to do something with those.”
Even though Times Tide can’t technically be considered a straight edge band anymore, they are still an untethered force to be reckoned with. Reid’s vocals are razor sharp and full of deep emotional weight. It’s something he says happens naturally without any training or forethought, which is additionally intriguing considering he’s never had the lung capacity to blow up a balloon before.
“It pisses me off!”
With these deliciously scathing vocals God, I’m Alone Here continues to set itself apart from other hardcore recordings with a variety of guitar textures and tones. “Most of my Income Goes to Hypnotists” is a 42 second heavy hitter with scratched out instrumentals and a quick back up vocal tease that adds a slight bit of comic relief from the rest of the album, which is thematically quite dark.
“Thoughts at Red Lights” is a slowed down ballad with similarly strained vocals, fuzzed out to a faded sample murmuring about the potential invulnerability of depression.
What’s even more interesting about this album is the fact the band chose to record it in one weekend all together, which hasn’t been the case for the previous EP Past Lives or their first demo, which dates back to 2014.
“This is the only release we actually wrote together and collaborated on,” offers Reid. “The last recordings were more spread out. We would do drums one week, guitars the next and I would do vocals whenever I felt like it. It was all over the place.”
Working together in this way is a good look for the band, who all ready seem excited to write new material and play new songs at their shows.
“We’ve been playing a few of these songs for awhile,” admits Frost.
“That bums me out we’ve been playing these songs for that long,” groans Reid. “That hurts a bit. We’re old for a hardcore band. But maybe that means we have more potential than a simple hardcore band. That’s my dream.”
Times Tide also work toward inclusivity in Edmonton’s tiny local hardcore scene, championing all-ages hall shows and working with Good Grief Collective. When BeatRoute asked about collaborating within such a small scene and supporting its growth, Frost got real.
“More than anything, it’s about vulnerability,” he says. “For a lot of people it’s that raw, emotional experience when they come to a hardcore show. That’s why we want to do all-ages shows and open the scene up. There’s no ego, everyone wants to support each other and contribute.”
Come to the Times Tide all-ages album release show at the November 10 at Small King Edward Hall (Edmonton). The opening bands include Manitoba’s Viva Non, locals Rayleigh, False Body and Underbite. Ten bones at the door!False Body, locals Rayleigh, Manitoba’s Viva Non, Small King Edward Hall, Times Tide, Underbite