Band: This Time Only
Release: Marco Ave single
Date of release: 9/11/2018
Genre: Punk Rock
Record Label: Independent
For Fans Of: Madam Wong, Nerdlinger, Dead To Me, The Lawrence Arms, The Wonder Years
“Was it all the time that I spent away from you with the band”
How good are songs about streets?
I’m thinking The Beatles - Penny Lane, Steve Earle - Copperhead Road, Yellowcard - Ocean Avenue. You see a song with road or avenue in the title, and you just know you're in for a nostalgic treat - an in-depth view of a musicians past. Marco Avenue, the new single from Sydney melodic punkers, This Time Only, is not a nostalgic treat - it's a fucking beautiful piece of poetic history. Imagery, overlaid with high tempo and overdriven guitar tones are the order of the day. Or should I say, the order of the year? Because this track is not going to be listened to as a once-off. This is an on-repeat, long-term-playlist kind of track. Audio feedback into the aforementioned guitar tones kick off the track and it never really let's up.
The guitars drop off post-intro, the bass takes over, and the Collins brothers combine to create what can only be described as a classic This Time Only verse. The verse invokes thoughts of growing up, getting drunk, hanging with mates, is exactly what This Time Only were looking to create, and I loved it.
It just damn works.
Matt Collins’ voice is made for sing-alongs. After one listen (and trust me, I have had many more than one listen), I was screaming along. Collins has this mixture of scream and melody that very, very few can harness. Like Tim McIlrath, singing on a beach. But there’s no sand on the beach, it’s all gravel. And he is running on the gravel. But not fast, and while wearing partially enclosed footwear, like crocs, but aesthetically pleasing.
Yeah, that’s what Collins’ voice sounds like in the chorus.
When the gang vocals jump in on the second bar of the chorus, it just picks up again; and again, I’m left screaming.
The second verse takes us further down the rabbit hole, extending the nostalgic feeling of days gone by. They may be gone, however, they can’t be forgotten. We live in our memories, and This Time Only wants us to know that we can live forever if that is what we want.
By the time the bridge comes around, my throat is getting sore from the screaming, but I can’t help it, I want more. The palm muting, hiding under an accelerating drum beat, lifts the song back up, and the final chorus commences. But the lads haven’t run out of tricks yet, the backing vocals in this final chorus are one of
my favourite things about the track.
During my initial listen of the song, I thought to myself this could use some backing vocals in the opening two choruses and when they kick in, the last chorus is full and lively. I now feel like the backing vocals in all choruses would have been too much, they've balanced the mix perfectly.
Needless to say, I adore this track.
I searched for a negative, and couldn’t find anything. The drums were maybe a little overproduced in the chorus and I would have liked to have heard them a bit more raw. But I really do think that that is all I can find.
If the lads from This Time Only weren’t so busy being the nicest guys in the world all the time, they would have already made the big time. But they are going to get there, and this one is only going to help them make it.
A cracking song, which will not be listened to This Time Only. This one is going to be listened to for years to come, and I can’t wait to scream it back at the boys live.
Would You Go And See Them (WYGAST): 5/5
Personal Enjoyment: 9.5/10