Volume 95, Issue 58

Wednesday, January 16, 2002
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Local band shares bright outlook

By Stephen Pizzale
Gazette Staff

About a year ago, Dave Harford, Jeff Harloff and Dave Tschoban got together in what would be the earliest incarnation of Timed To The Sun. Since that time, the band has played innumerable shows and developed a distinct sound all their own.

Recounting the early days of the band, Harford recalls the laidback creative atmosphere.

"When we first started – before we even knew we had a band formed – some of the songs were written on the top of a hill, with the sun setting. Songs were written that way originally and then it developed where all of us got together in the garage and we'd just collaborate to come up with ideas," he says.

As Tschoban explains, their music is quite a mix.

"It's a definite blend of a lot of things. Some of it can be a little bit poppy. We tend to mess around with time signatures a little bit and you can hear a lot of bands in us I think."

With influences ranging from Bob Dylan to Led Zeppelin, the band largely draws their inspiration from 60s and 70s rock 'n roll.

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"Bob Dylan was my main spark," Tschoban recalls. "He was my main influence for starting music."

Though they claim influence from a lot of older bands, they still bring a new edge to the music scene. "It's a newer style because it [is] older, but nowadays, a lot of bands aren't doing the type of tunes we're doing, so I think it's coming back full circle with our style," Harford claims.

While the London, Ontario music scene may not be a big market, the band members realize playing in their hometown has its advantages.

"There seems to be an opportunity for a band like us to progress in London and it's very nice. There are a lot of bands we can connect with," Tschoban notes.

Both Harford and Tschoban agree that playing live gigs gives them an energy that can't be achieved anywhere else. They seem to revel in classic rock 'n roll ideals of playing music people can get into.

"It's [about] making the crowd happy. It's making us happy and it enables us to say what we gotta say. Even just listening to Dylan – he's sung a lot of stuff that I can identify with and you learn from that. For us to be able to lay out a vibe that people can learn from, enjoy and dance to. [Something] they can whistle and snap their fingers to. When we get that it's a real rush and a real buzz," Tschoban muses.

"[Onstage] it's the most comfortable I feel anywhere, anytime – the energy I get from it and the crowd is a buzz," Harford adds.

Trying to capture that natural, harmonious aspect of their music, the band dubbed themselves Timed To The Sun.

"We wanted a name that would be bright and have a lot to do with nature and time and space," Tschoban explains.

"'Timed To The Sun' really describes what we play. We sing a lot about when times get tough and stepping up and getting over stuff. We write a lot about love, life and strength," Tschoban explains.

Timed To The Sun play Call The Office Thursday night. Doors open at 9 p.m. and cover is $6.

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