Punknews.org
Deviates - Time Is the Distance (Cover Artwork)

Deviates

Deviates: Time Is the DistanceTime Is the Distance (2001)
Epitaph Records

Reviewer Rating: 3
User Rating:


Contributed by: fatheadMark Williams
(others by this writer | submit your own)

The scene is the IC Ampetheatre in Pittsburgh, Warped Tour 2000, around 12:30 pm. My friend and I are standing near the front of one of the longest lines I've ever seen, with no flying pig to help pass the time. We can hear the band that's on stage, but no one around recognizes their songs. We fin.
iTunes StoreAmazon


The scene is the IC Ampetheatre in Pittsburgh, Warped Tour 2000, around 12:30 pm. My friend and I are standing near the front of one of the longest lines I've ever seen, with no flying pig to help pass the time. We can hear the band that's on stage, but no one around recognizes their songs. We finally pass through the gates, and imediately get 'that rush' when you first walk in. It's very early in the day. That's why I'm shocked to see a circle pit already forming to this band that I've never heard( and I kinda pride myself on hearing as many different bands as possible). They were playing fast and furious, and the crowd was going off. We were making our way to the smaller stage to see the Mad Caddies, but I couldn't help turning my head to see this unknown band. Mission #1 of the day, find out who they were. Soon enough, I would find out they were Deviates.

The scene is an incredibly small dorm room at the University of Kentucky. I had two things in my room that were worth a damn, my fridge, and my roomates computer. I was constantly downloading new music (back when Napster was legal), and constanly pissing my roomate off by taking up file space. I'm kinda burnt, so it takes me a while to remember bands I want to hear, but eventually, Deviates would pop in my mind. I typed it in, clicked a couple times, and about 10 seconds later(the best thing about a major university, besides the unbelivable amount of beautiful women, is the super fast network) PRESTO!, I had about 6 of their songs from their debut album, My Life. I was hooked. I like all types of punk, and all types of music for that matter, but my choice of all choices is fast, aggressive, abrasive punk rock. Deviates fit my taste perfectly. Songs like 'My Life', 'There for Me', and 'I Remember' were imediate favorites of mine. I looked everywhere in the city of Lexington, but I couldn't find the album, so I had to settle with listening to them through the computer.

The scene is an over priced music store. I was looking for a cheap cd to buy with the 20 bucks my grandma gave me for mowing her lawn. I wasn't having any luck, til I ran across this album. I instantly picked it up and ran to the register not even caring what the price was. After fainting due to the 18.99$ price tag, I woke up and sped home to listen to it.

'Time is the Distance' is the sophomore effort from Deviates. The first thing I noticed was the wicked art work. Greg Simpkins' paintings look like Salvador Dali's evil side. I notice something new everytime I look at it. Now, to the music. This album sounds like the Offspring and Pennywise got married, fucked, one of them got pregnant (most likely the Offspring), gave birth in painless labor, and named they're baby Deviates. Its fast for the most part, with the vocals sounding maybe an octave or two below Dexter Holland's, and the guitar neck deep in palm-muting fury, like Pennywise. The part that really stands out to me is Damien, the bass player. His licks seem to complete the sound. The lyrics on 'Time Is The Distance' are pretty dark and well written as well. However, this album kinda lacks the kick-ass, in your face tenasity that their older songs had. Some of the best songs are: the opener 'Come with Me', 'Right Back To You', which could easily be a Pennywise song, the title track, 'Profile' and the closer 'My Crime', which is an anthem for those of you who were pissed off about the Leftover Crack situation. The chorus chants "Fuck is a word that don't mean shit to me." Really clever, I thought.

I've been a little let down with most of the new releases this year (No Motiv, Mad Caddies, Alkaline Trio, H20), and 'Time is the Distance' falls into that category as well. It is fast and rockin', but I was ready for a kick in the teeth. All I got was a punch in the shoulder.

 

 
People who liked this also liked:
Propagandhi - Potemkin City LimitsA Wilhelm Scream - RuinerPolar Bear Club - The Redder, The BetterThe Lawrence Arms - Oh! Calcutta!A Wilhelm Scream - Mute PrintDead to Me - Cuban BallerinaThe Lawrence Arms - The Greatest Story Ever ToldNone More Black - File Under BlackThe Lawrence Arms - Apathy and ExhaustionA Wilhelm Scream - Career Suicide

Please login or register to post comments.What are the benefits of having a Punknews.org account?
  • Share your opinion by posting comments on the stories that interest you
  • Rate music and bands and help shape the weekly top ten
  • Let Punknews.org use your ratings to help you find bands and albums you might like
  • Customize features on the site to get the news the way you want.
Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
9mind8 (May 22, 2014)

Vocals remind me of Kevin Seconds. I knew it reminded me of another band but I couldn't think who it was. It was really annoying but felt good when I figured it out. Kinds like when you're busting for a pee in the car and you can finally let it all out.

dumhed01 (May 25, 2006)

I like this album a lot..
It's way better than their first..
That's all i got.

crazytoledo (March 27, 2006)

I found a live audio set of this band on an Ipod Podcast search.

I've liked these guys ever since I heard the song on POR 6 and Dave Mirra Maximum Remix VG soundtraclk.

Anonymous (July 10, 2004)

awesome cd, one of the best bands out there, kiss my ass you ugly mother fuckers

Anonymous (March 12, 2004)

I found this band to be the most standard boring punk rock album out there. I picked this album up after hearing them on a compliation, I didn't even notice the songs changing its so medicore.

UnunitedSA (October 29, 2003)

Awesome band. That's it.

Drizzt7_drek (August 23, 2002)

Yeah, I was sort of disappointed with this album at first. I purchased it at Wapred 2002 after hearing them live (they were the best band of the day, suprisingly...they were badass). The album was a letdown at first, but after a few listens...it finally started to click with me. I think it's a much better album then any Pennywise album.

Anonymous (April 1, 2002)

This cd is amazing once i heard come with me i was hooked! buying this cd was one of my best choices ever. My life is a better album but i still give this one 5 stars but my life would get like 10!

Anarchy_Adam (June 16, 2001)

Whoops.... I meant to give it this. Not 5 stars. Blech.

Anarchy_Adam (June 16, 2001)

This album is mediocore at it's blandest. The reason that pennywise is such a legendary band is because they didn't go in to it trying to sound like someone else. It's not a terrible album by any means, but I don't think I'd actually shell out any money for it.

Anonymous (June 15, 2001)

pittsburgh rules...i just saw the guys @ punk-o-rama and i was influenced enough to go buy their record...i'm all smiles

Anonymous (June 15, 2001)

whoever said "the kick in the teeth will come" was right on. I've been listening to this for the last four days and i keeps getting better. still not the spinning heel kick I got from say...."back on the streets" by 88fl, but definitely and combat boot to the dome by a passing crowd surfer- fathead

Anonymous (June 14, 2001)

Its a good album, My life was better but Time is the distance is still kickass.

Anonymous (June 13, 2001)

sickboi you missed out by not seeing them at warped, i've seen them lots and they never disappoint. i was at the vb show you mentioned and they played the set of the day. deviates rock

Anonymous (June 13, 2001)

Give it a few more listens... The kick in the teeth is a little delayed on the record, but in a few days you'll get it. I promise.

sickboi (June 13, 2001)

I went to the Warped at VA Beach last year, I didn't even know these guys were there. I heard a few songs of their's on Napster as well... luckily I was able to determine that I was not willing to shell out $13.00 for this. Damn Fathead, your music stores suck ass...I feel ripped if I pay more than $14 for anything...

Exclusive Streams

Newest Reviews

Punknews.org Team

Other Places to Go