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Time Again

Time Again: The Stories Are TrueThe Stories Are True (2006)
Hellcat Records

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I don't know at this point if I'd really consider it a ??bad' thing per se, but everything that Hellcat releases is essentially identical. Fast punk rock, with scruffy vocals and extremely heavy Rancid influence. I mean, if it works for them it works for them, right? At the same time though, you kind of wish they'd branch out a little bit, if nothing else, into some different kinds of punk.

But alas, that doesn't appear to currently be the case. So, you work with what you're given. In this particular case, I was given a copy of Time Again's The Stories Are True, an album that like so many of Hellcat's others, heavily channels Rancid, but in doing so, stumbled upon 13 tracks that, without epitomizing variety, offer a steady listen and some steady jams.

The bad news first -- the songs are overly formulaic. No way around this roadblock. That's not to say they're not interesting, but it is rather obvious the different stages of these songs. The verse, sing-along chorus, verse, sing-along chorus, guitar solo, then one more chorus to close things out. Not every song is this true of, and not every song follows the same pace, but there's enough consistency with this formula to be noticeable to any casual listener.

Regardless, as I did mention before, the template most of these songs are built from is an effective one. Singer Daniel Dart has the perfect voice for this kind of music -- strong, urgent, and rousing. Once you learn the words, it's honestly hard to not sing along to a lot of these tracks, especially with how catchy the choruses on a few of them are. "Lost in Hollywood"'s simple but effective chorus of "Lost in Hollywood it's no good! Lost in Hollywood. Lost in Hollywood it's no good" is both strong and infectious, and many other tracks fit this description as well. The slow moving, bass-driven title track does offer some contrast, and once the rhythm picks up towards the end, it becomes just as catchy as the others.

Formulaic? Absolutely. Fun? You goddamn bet.


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horrorpunx610 (April 24, 2011)

Not a bad band, but I'd like them better if they didn't sound so much like Rancid.

Yuki (September 14, 2007)

Tim Again

Yuki (September 14, 2007)

hmmm. let rancid do it. they're better.

Anonymous (April 15, 2007)

this album is such shit. or should i say daniel dart is such shit. he always goes on and on and on about how he had a rough upbringing, living on the streets etc... he never sings the truth though. never anything about his extremely wealthy family. his impulse buy lexus (wich royalties definitely didnt pay for) he is such an unoriginal, lack-luster, tool. not a drop of inspiration on this entire album. and come on, can you really trust a band of mormons?

Anonymous (April 15, 2007)

this album is such shit. or should i say daniel dart is such shit. he always goes on and on and on about how he had a rough upbringing, living on the streets etc... he never sings the truth though. never anything about his extremely wealthy family. his impulse buy lexus (wich royalties definitely didnt pay for) he is such an unoriginal, lack-luster, tool. not a drop of inspiration on this entire album. and come on, can you really trust a band of mormons?

outinthered (March 27, 2007)

Despite the heavy heavy rancid influence, This album rocks! Does sound like a rancid album that isn't made by rancid, but theres no denying that it's punk as fuck

timo_c (March 13, 2007)

I like time again, they sure aren't the best band around but they've got a few good songs. Saw them live last sunday in belgium. These guys just love punk rock and wanna play punk rock without any bullshit. This is one of the nicest bands i've ever met: hang out in the crowd with their fans, talking with all the kids, givin away free merchandise,...
So what if they sound like rancid? Their songs sound allright and that's the most important thing

springsuper (December 19, 2006)

This is the most blatant attempt by a band to BE Rancid. How can you even try to sing like Tim Armstrong? Slurs and all? The songs sound like carbon copies of Let's Go and OCTW songs. I can't even watch a video without wanting to puke. It's one thing to be influenced by a band, perhaps even have a similar sound...but to sound just like them...it's called POSING! I 'm sure it strokes Tim's ego and that's why they are signed but they can keep it, cuz it's crap-o-la. I plan to go to one of their shows just to boo the hell out of these posers, these are the a-holes who are destroying punk and hooking a new generation of kids who don't know any better.

dkilley (November 20, 2006)

this band is such a joke
I don't totally agree that all bands on hellcat blatantly ripoff rancid like this band does. The only other band on hellcat who really really really rips off rancid is left alone. This band and left alone are two of the most unoriginal bands out there today. This band should especially be ashamed of themselves...daniel dart even goes as far as singing just like tim armstrong, slur and all. This band blows

passionisafashion (October 31, 2006)

This album sounds a lot like Rancid. Kind of Let's Go...ish. I consider them kind of a filler band. It's been three years since Rancid last released anything, so in the meanwhile, I listen to things that sound like Rancid.

Besides there isn't really anything wrong with liking bands that sound like bands you like more. That was super logical...

Anonymous (August 11, 2006)

These guys are the biggest posers in Hollywood. Apparently if you suck Tim's dick long enough, a record contract pops out.
I saw these clowns at the 7 Seconds show a while back, side by side by side, all wearing Time Again shirts and trying to look like hardcases. Yeah.
The bass player, Brian, is a complete tool who tells anyone who'll listen how much Tim loves them and how he's going to "set them up."
This kid actually got a tattoo reading "MACHETE" on his stomach, gangster style.
Not kidding. He's so in love with those guys that he got the name of Tim's punk rock clothing company tattooed on his gut.
I see that and I think "Jerkoff." Tim sees that and thinks, "I better sign these guys. They're cool."
Fuck the posers and fuck the 'Machete Punx'
Bunch of fucking debuntantes.
Wish I could take you all back to the 80's for a visit to a time when punk rock wasn't gay.

Anonymous (August 11, 2006)

I don't know if you can compare these guys to Rancid, because Rancid is really consistant with good songs and have an original sound. That said, this band is not trying to be original, they're trying to pay tribute to bands they like, and they pull it off. Plus they're nice guys (I kind of know them).

To whoever asked, I think "Fountain and Formosa" is about hookers.

ChokingVictim (August 10, 2006)

To the person who said more like tim again....


Anonymous (August 10, 2006)

I just picked up the new Left Alone and I am very surprised and impressed with it, excluding the last two tracks. They sound like a melodic version of Rancid and in my opinion are much better than Time Again (even though both are good in their own right).

Anonymous (August 10, 2006)

Dude, how can you say that ALL the hellcat bands have a heavy RANID influence???

I've been a big fucking rancid fan for like 10 years now and of course I know some Hellcat bands have a Rancid influence, but maybe Time Again, Orange or Left Alone...

But were do you put Tiger Army, Nekromantix, Aggrolites, Dropckik Murphys and Slackers for example???

Anonymous (August 10, 2006)

the first paragraph of this review is fucking awful.

Anonymous (August 10, 2006)

More like Tim Again

Anonymous (August 10, 2006)

To be honest, rancid rocked, we only needed one of em. one thing that strikes me as being odd is that for the life of me, i can't find a single demo of this band before they got signed. usually there is something before the signing to a label that they were passing around. anyone know? cause if the stories that i have heard from alot of people are true....then this is just a rancid puppet band. i.e. an american idol band posing in the punk scene. it may be catchy, it may sound good, but i question this band. enjoy it if you like it...for me, im just caught up in the conspiracy.

miniblindbandit (August 9, 2006)

I just watched the video for "The Stories are True." It made me laugh a lot.

miff (August 9, 2006)

its the same with fat wreck
a few years back practically every band on that label just tried to sound like NOFX

MikeStupid (August 9, 2006)

The only thing about the title track that doesn't sound like "Wolves" era Rancid is Tim's guest vocal.

Score is for the delicious ironing.

Anonymous (August 8, 2006)

Time Again sounds like fake street punk. That said, there are two awesome tracks that remind me of Rancid circa "Wolves."

Anonymous (August 8, 2006)

Great album. Still can't figure out the signifance of the song Fountain and Formosa though?? My dad works right around the corner from that intersection and it seems like the most unassuming intersection in Hollywood.

miniblindbandit (August 8, 2006)

fuck. I submitted a review for this like two months ago and this cd certainly doesn't need two reviews.

coldwaffles (August 8, 2006)

Dropkick is Hellcat.

Dropkick is not a Rancid clone.

ChokingVictim (August 8, 2006)

Agreed. Slackers is the best band on Hellcat.

Anonymous (August 8, 2006)

Slackers = best band on Hellcat

The Time Again record was really disappointing. I've only heard them through this record, but it sounded like a second-rate Rancid cover band.

ChokingVictim (August 8, 2006)

I don't really have anything to say about this that hasn't already been said. They REALLY wish they were Rancid, but it's still fun as hell.

Anonymous (August 8, 2006)

considering rancid's success, being a replica could work for these guys. I know i'm a huge rancid fan, and they don't tour that much anymore (hopefully to change. new tour/album) hopefully the rancid clone thing works for them, i'm going to buy this cd...

Anonymous (August 8, 2006)

well i thought it was a superb album full of great songs....cold concrete, kenny, the stories are true, streetwalker. if anyone doubts me just visit youtube and watch the video for cold concrete.


Anonymous (August 8, 2006)

Fun, but sounds too much like Rancid.

rkl (August 8, 2006)

saying that everything hellcat releases is identical, is like saying that victory records has an extremely diverse stable of artists.

i havent picked up a copy of give 'em the boot in a while, but the early ones were full of ska & dub, with very little punk excepting maybe rancid or dropkick(who dont sound a goddamn thing like rancid.)

feeeding5000 (August 8, 2006)

Can we call this "R-Beat"?

Anonymous (August 8, 2006)

Tiger Army = Best band on Hellcat

Anonymous (August 8, 2006)

I second the comment that The Aggrolites are the best Hellcat band!!!

Anonymous (August 8, 2006)

The Aggrolites are the best Hellcat band.

Who's with me on this one?

Scruffy (August 8, 2006)

"with scruffy vocals"

I did NOT song on this album.

Haha. I'm drunk.

MikeStupid (August 8, 2006)

The music is kind of formulaic, but these guys put on a live show that's fun as hell.

ozmanx (August 8, 2006)

ewww At least Hellcat is releasing the new Westbound Train.

telegraphrocks (August 8, 2006)

Wow. I got this used about 2 months ago, and laughed my ass off.
How the fuck can anyone be this in-love with Rancid?
I don't sell CDs, so this will be collecting mounds of dust.

jamespastepunk (August 8, 2006)

I hate to be an asshole, but Hellcat's released plenty of ska, dude.

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