The Key Studio Sessions: Tinmouth

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Fittingly, I first had a conversation with Tinmouth‘s Timothy Tebordo at a house show. It was the first night of OK Fest at Golden Tea House this summer, and Tebordo wound up standing near my wife and I; he recognized us from having been at a couple of his own concerts, and we killed time between sets talking about music.

His band has a very distinct, vintage DIY sound; it draws from influential artists that would have been playing the Golden Tea Houses of the early 80s. In their Key Studio Session, you’ll hear a sharp Mission of Burma and Gang of Four edge (“Same Noise”), a catchy Yo La Tengo-style sense of pop (“Prevent Defense”), and a bit of R.E.M. contemplation (“What More Can I Say?,” which nods lyrically to “Pretty Persuasion” and on which Tebordo’s voice sounds positively Michael Stipe-ian). Anchoring this tasteful blend is Alyssa Shea’s asskickery on the drums, with Tebordo’s evocative guitar screams and Aaron Sternick steady bass and vocal harmonies filling the mix out.

Tinmouth is gearing up to release its debut LP Says early next year – per Facebook, the vinyl test pressing was successful – and the band just popped a third preview track up on their Bandcamp called “Physician, Heal Thyself” (listen here). On Friday, the band plays its last show of 2014 at Kung Fu Necktie; tickets will be available at the door, more information can be found at the show’s Facebook event page. Below, give a listen to and grab a download of Tinmouth’s Key Studio Session.

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Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head

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