TALKING SPORTY - JULY 6 2010 - YYZ RECORDS
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Live from “The End” – the band’s Kensington Market (Toronto) basement studio – Times Neue Roman rock with a general tone and attitude of teenage immortality. Comprised of an award winning poet, Arowbe Arowbe Arowbe (Robert Bolton) and composer, Alexander The, TNR’s peerless ‘one of one’ sound has been called “nintendo-punk-rap,” and “post-rap” (although the band prefers “Rap Deco”) by media and supporters.
Since debuting at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2008, Times Neue Roman have been rousing crowds at basement jams, rooftops,
auto-garages, house parties, shitty pubs, glitzy clubs, CMW, NXNE, the Juno Fest and out the back of a U-HAUL truck. They flaunt a live show complete with wild theatrics, reckless moshing, tribal percussion, live visuals and all of the bangers their fans are used
to getting loose to.
Times Neue Roman‘s new video, “Best est. 2019” splices performance footage with
Coney Island Carnival relics. The nature of a Times Neue Roman show makes it difficult to tell which footage is which.
July 6, 2010— Times Neue Roman release Talking Sporty on YYZ Records, with promotional support from Pabst Blue Ribbon, and a coinciding vinyl release with Art Metropole. TalkingSporty features the singles “Best Est. 2019” (featured on MTV, video onMuch Music, placed on an episode of CSI, and currently tracking daily on CBC Radio 3), “Roq Roq” (featured in EA Sports’ Fight Night Round 4 video game and 30,000+ views on Youtube) and “Hands, No Hands.”
To say this is "hipster hip-hop" would be dismissing Times Neue Roman's ability to transcend a trend. Instead, Talking Sporty is what new rap can do when it tries
Smart enough to make you think, and stupid enough to make you dance.
"...lo-fi phenom, drawing devoted audiences with their catchy-as-hell amalgam of pop, hip-hop, new-wave and soul"
"Times Neue Roman... need to be checked out by you immediately!"
-CBC's The Hour
"if you go to this show, you will get sweaty and ridiculous and miss class on Friday morning"
-The Montreal Mirror
"A carnal experience. Their songs are aggressive wit, subtly esoteric, a quiet poet with a punk edge."
- Sound Pollution
"Articulate, clever, and delivered with exact rhythm and crystal clarity. With Mellow rhythms and cool composure, Times Neue Roman have a solid identity around which they are steadily building fans. The download and shuffle age is for musical omnivores. Genres are for grandmas."
- Chart Attack
"Arowbe steps forward with locomotive cadence and clever rhyme patterns, while producer Alexander The (of Styrofoam Ones fame) lays down blip-heavy, slightly-alienating nostalgia."
- Format Magazine
This is a wicked romp that’s enough to fire-up the most complacent of musical souls. Fun, energetic, inventive stuff that gets ya’ movin."
- The Lonely Vagabond (exclaim!)
"The band is even better than the font"
- North by East West
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