Led by Will Moloney, “the Best Indie Rock Songwriter You’ve (Probably) Never Heard Of,” according to Bandcamp., of NY anarcho soft-rock / folk punk legend OLD TABLE, his new prject TIME STALKERS, is a nine-piece ensemble, whose debut LP is dropping on June 5th, and today we’re pleased to give you the first hearing of their new track called “Spanish Restaurant Style”! Check it out below, learn more about this exciting project and grab a copy later this week via Gentle Reminder, Feeding Tube or Intellectual Bird Records (vinyl).
The songwriter is Will Moloney, the person behind the beloved Old Table musical project. Like Check Out Old Table, Alfio Rock Music, and Climax Landers before it, Time Stalkers began as the Old Table universe expanded with new collaborators. In 2016, Moloney began playing with bassist Charlie Dore-Young (Sweet Baby Jesus, Thanks for coming) and guitarist Paco Cathcart (The Cradle, Eyes of Love). Later, the three started playing with Al Nardo (Sloppy Jane), new to the xylophone. The nature of Nardo’s instrument inspired a softer-than-usual sound as additional musicians joined. Carolyn Hietter’s (SBJ, Financial Collapse) saxophone, Brigid Slattery’s (Dog) mandolin, Eli Kleinsmith’s (Vern) violin, Van Do’s (Party Members) acoustic guitar, and Kurt Pope’s (O.D., Joe’s Dad’s Band) bongo drums brought new colors to Moloney’s songs and filled the space traditionally occupied by a standard rock drum kit.
The band practiced and recorded their self-titled debut album at the Brooklyn punk house known as The Dump. The album is an essential addition to the greatest catalog in the Tri-State. The multiplicity of the instrumentation adds a lightness to Moloney’s songs, giving them a lift to match the spiritual & community positivity yearned for and achieved lyrically.
Time Stalkers established themselves as the preeminent live act on NYC’s bustling live music circuit by playing shows at photography studios, thrift stores, and shuttered arts space The Glove. They shared bills with Jeffrey Lewis, Palberta, Joe Pera, Lucy, Water from Your Eyes, Emily Yacina, Aaron Maine, Kate Mohanty, and many more.
“I view this band as a serendipitous gift that formed because of mutual friendship and love of music, with each member complementing each other and enhancing the whole,” Moloney says.
Iconic comics artist Robert Calzone provides the album’s cover illustration.
He further comments on the song:
“This is one of those songs that I wrote the lyrics semi unconsciously / automatically based on what sounded good with the rhythm and melody at the time, and then tweaked it a bit afterwards.
It’s a lighthearted song about a few different forms of love. The main theme is that giving is key in matters of love. Serving is key in matters of love.
Anytime you go to a restaurant you are paying them to love you in a way, and we all know love should ideally not be commodified. We can never repay the kindness of the servers who have served us, with feelings of alienation, awkwardness and class antagonism, mostly anonymously. The completely neutral or frowning waiters we should in a sense be most grateful for, for showing us the truth.
𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑘𝑎𝑟𝑚𝑎 𝑜𝑓 𝑙𝑜𝑣𝑒 𝑑𝑒𝑚𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑔𝑖𝑣𝑒 𝑎𝑠 𝑚𝑢𝑐ℎ 𝑎𝑠 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑟𝑒𝑐𝑒𝑖𝑣𝑒.
If you fail to contribute as much as you consume before you die, it will only make it that much harder for the living to continue the fight to emancipate themselves from the system that forces the many to serve the few, in often absurdly arbitrary or detrimental ways (see the essay ‘Bullshit Jobs’ by David Graeber for a more elaborate thesis on this last point).
Songs open a window to the human imagination. Music is a phenomenon with the ability to unite people across inherited cultural boundaries and expectations, a way to share perspectives in good faith. Music is meant for whoever is around to hear it.
Thank you for listening to this recording and I hope it inspires people to make positive music in their own communities.”
Other new songs streaming:
“Spanish Restaurant Style” Lyrics:
Took me out once at the go
made a left and taught me
maiden down in the lake won’t show
she’s gonna skate right up to me
someone knows she’s gonna come for sure
to the show to me
and I know
she rolls up restaurant style
with her glasses to me
fetishists out holding bags
we’re gonna burn a couple of flags
it’s impossible to add
all the things I owe to Dad
there is love for sure
between you and me
and you know that I know I roll through restaurant style
ready to serve you for free
I’m about to cut up all these fries
but I get lot in your eyes
Credits: recorded by paco cathcart at the dump, mastered by matt labozza, songs by will table, arrangements by time stalkers, art by robert calzone, time stalkers is: will table – lead vocals, snare, floor tom, ride cymbal; carolyn hietter – soprano saxophone, vocals
charlie dore-young – bass, vocals; paco cathcart – electric guitar, vocals; al nardo – xylophone, vocals; eli kleinsmith – violin, vocals; brigid slattery – mandolin, vocals; van do – acoustic guitar, vocals; kurt pope – bongo drums, vocals
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