Timmy’s Organism ‘Heartless Heathen’ – ALBUM REVIEW

This Timmy’s Organism article was written by Ben Malkin, a Gigsoup contributor. Edited by Zoe Anderson.

Taking influence from the artists that have epitomised the noisier, most ruthless genres and subgenres of rock and roll; Timmy’s Organism are stripping down their sound and captivating listeners with new record ‘Heartless Heathen’.

The Third Man three-piece immediately let audiences know what they’re in for with the crunchy, distorted and to-the-point opener ‘Get Up, Get Out’. With unpolished vocals, and a fiery instrumental base, it might be the rawest thing you’ll hear all year. The album’s title track follows, with a bit more of a pulled-back feel – while keeping that same level of rawness as the opener, the band seems to fuse that punk edge with a bit of a classic rock throwback, with a certain quality that could remind one of Alice Cooper’s early ‘70s proto-punk-type material.

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‘Please Don’t Be Going’ sees Timmy’s Organism step into more unfamiliar territory, taking a gospel approach seen mostly in the chorus of the track. While the style of the song may not necessarily be the band’s strongpoint, it definitely gives the impression that they had a lot of fun making it, a quality that rubs off on the majority of the record.

The instrumentals are not only raw but also technically sound – the screeching guitar solo on ‘Mental Boy’ is a highlight in that regard. The beautifully heavy distortion at the start of ‘Wicked Man’ thunders through the speakers, and that particular sound dives in and out of the track as it goes on, soaking the listener’s ears in that vintage, lo-fi garage rock crunch.

The rest of the album follows suit, the Detroit rockers don’t give themselves any time to catch their breath. While the album essentially keeps itself at the same pace without adding too much as it progresses, the general style and the incredible energy will keep any fan of the genres the band focusses on interested. Also the closing track ‘Wounded White Dove’ is a brilliant note to end on; it’s actually strangely majestic and very climactic.

‘Heartless Heathen’ is a great addition to Timmy’s Organism’s catalogue – the band’s intensity is at its highest, and the album hits harder than any of their previous releases.

‘Heartless Heathen’ is out now via Third Man Records.

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